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When You’re Good To Momma


Today is officially the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day.  I remember celebrating an early Earth Day in the Boston Commons, where all of us tree-hugging earth-lovers were labeled “radicals.” Imagine that!  Now it’s de rigueur for corporations and politicians to compete for green cred, and those of us who tried to never piss off Mother Nature are excited to no longer be recycling in the wilderness.

 

I lead a greenish life by being a vegan, wearing natural fibers, washing clothes with Soap Nuts rather than laundry detergent, bringing my own bags to the grocery store, and not buying almost anything new since 2006 (insert sad but green face here).  My office gets the green light, too: I turn off my computer every night, on my desk is a stack of discarded contract pages on which I make notes (personal info always gets shredded), my pen is biodegradable, and my copy paper is recycled.  I print with small margins to use less paper and choose the least inky font.  But I am not bragging at all, as there are hundreds of ways I can improve.  Maybe there are ways you can improve, too?

 

I read two suggestions that I like: 

 

1.  Treat Earth Day like New Year’s Day, and make resolutions on ways to be greener.

 

2.  Since they are so close together, treat Earth Day like Mother’s Day, and do something nice for Momma (Earth).  If you’d buy your Mom flowers in May, try planting a tree in April.  If you’d help Mom clean out the basement as a present, why not clean up a trashy nearby lot as a gift to the neighborhood?  Or how about combining the two and buying Mom something recycled or repurposed or biodegradable?  I’d love one or two of those cool tee shirts made from recycled soda bottles as a gift from my kids!

 

Since this blog is all (OK, mostly) about real estate, how about scheduling a home energy review for your house, condo or co-op?  Most utility companies offer the service at no charge, and you may be amazed what you can save by next Earth Day just by installing a programmable thermostat, cleaning your refrigerator coils, and installing green light bulbs!

 

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 22nd, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
Happy Earth Day!
We should just try a bit every day to do a bit better than the day before.

What's your carbon footprint?? click the link below to find out..
www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/?src=f1
real_lawyer
Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Earth Day!
I agree. Thanks for the link.
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