Posts Tagged Environment

Kermit the Frog is a Liar

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As Kermit the Frog famously said, “it’s not easy being green.”  Well sorry Kermie, but I think you’re mistaken.  Today, April 22, 2009  is Earth Day, and there’s no better time to discover the multitude of EASY things you can do to green your life.  There is no shortage of suggestions to be found on the internet for simple ways to shrink your carbon footprint and reduce your negative impact on mother earth.  A few of my faves from Green Style Magazine’s “101 Ways to Green Your Life” include:

  • Buy organic foods
  • Buy local products
  • Use reusable containers to bring lunch to work
  • Skip the bottled water
  • Bring your own grocery bag to the supermarket
  • Buy an insulated reusable coffee mug instead of using paper or styrofoam ones ( and PLEASE don’t use styrofoam cups as cup holders)
  • Get off junk mail lists
  • Take public transportation

And the list goes on, and on, and on!

And this one just amuses me: Buy organic undies!

So remember!  While he may represent a loving and enduring image from our childhood, Kermit the Frog cannot be trusted!  It IS easy being green!  And you can do it!

P.S.  For those of you out there with kids (or if you just happen to be an adult who loves Disney), the Disney Store is supporting Earth Day.  Bring in three plastic bottles, and receive a free gift!

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It doesn’t have to be earth shattering…

Hellooooooo spring!  The sun is out,  the winter coat is at the back of the closet, and it’s almost time to break out the flip-flops.  So what does spring mean besides a wardrobe change?  It means Earth Day is here!  Okay, okay, so maybe Earth Day doesn’t bring with it as much excitement as some other holidays, but awareness is growing.  There are events scheduled nation-wide designed to educate the public and perhaps, if we’re lucky, improve environmental awareness.

Earth Day’s official date is Wednesday April 22, and Boston area events will be held in the days prior to and following.

If you can’t make it to any of these events, I urge to rethink some of your small daily activities.  If you’re going for coffee, bring your own travel mug and save a paper cup.  If you’re going grocery shopping, bring your own tote and save a plastic bag.  If you’ve got errands to do, do them all at once rather than driving to and from home.  Better yet, walk to your errands, or take public transportation.   And I certainly hope you’re ALL already recycling 🙂

There are little things that people can do every day to make a difference…little things that don’t take much effort.  The changes you make don’t have to be earth shattering, they just require a little thought.

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I hate to harp on about this…

…but I’m going to anyway, because it’s important.  Articles have been popping up left and right lately about the importance of shutting down computers after work hours.  The latest article I’ve seen, in USA Today, references a recent report put out by 1E, a specialist global provider of Windows Systems Management software and services solutions.  The report, titled “PC Energy Report 2009 – United States, United Kingdom, Germany,” looks at the money and energy wasted by not turning off PCs at night, and how this wasted energy affects our environment.  Among its findings, the report states:

Collectively, US organizations waste $2.8 billion every year powering 108 million unused PCs. In 2009, these unused PCs are expected to emit approximately 20 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions – roughly the equivalent to the impact of 4 million cars.  As an example, for an organization with 1,000 PCs, this amounts to approximately $26,000 per year.

And here’s a surprising stat to think about come quitting time:

If all the world’s 1 billion PCs were powered down for just one night, it would save enough energy to light up New York City’s Empire State Building — inside and out — for more than 30 years.

Frankly, the state of the world’s environment these days terrifies me.  Please, let’s all do our small, easy part to help.  Power down at night.

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