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July 2008

What to do? “Every resource we save is an investment in the future”

(Apologies for those you’ve seen before and for those that are missing)

  1. Fix any water and natural gas leaks
  2. Install on-off switch/valve on shower head and use less water.
  3. Use reusable cloth in place of tissues, napkins, paper towels and grocery bags.
  4. Replace all remaining incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs
  5. Wash full loads of laundry and rinse with cold water.
  6. Lower hot water heater temperature to 115°. Switch to an ON Demand heater if possible.
  7. Install low water use toilets, and apply Canadian Toilet Rules: “If it’s yellow let it mellow…”
  8. Minimize the use of all pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers
  9. Plant trees, garden and compost if you can. Harvest Dandelions
  10. Reduce consumption of livestock products. – Saves energy, water and reduces public health issues.
  11. Eliminate non-essential driving and use the most efficient car that fits your needs. (A Hybrid if possible)
  12. Differentiate between Wants and Needs.
  13. When your car’s engine is running and you’re not moving, you’re getting zero mpg. Turn off engine for trains, long lights, waiting, etc…
  14. Keep tire pressure at maximum specified on tires.
  15. Reduce the use of disposable products. And dispose of electronics, batteries, paints and toxins properly. (Check the internet for resources)
  16. Phase out plastic bottled water in favor of reusable glass (or other non-toxic containers)
  17. Make wise thermostat choices: above 74o in the summer and below 66o in the winter. (Timer programmable thermostats)
  18. Upgrade attic ventilation/ insulation system: Code is 1 square foot of intake and rooftop ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space. This can greatly improve energy efficiency and, possibly, facilitate a whole house fan.
  19. If possible, switch to a motor-less lawn mower for small lawns.
  20. Encourage and support Local Organic Farming / Co-ops.
  21. Try to influence schools, churches and municipalities to escalate their conservation, recycling and organic practices.
  22. Make better use of passive solar energy (active as well). When and where possible apply geothermal and wind power.
  23. Support all intelligent resource management programs
  24. For reputable information try C-Span, NPR and PBS, the BBC, independent media sources such as Free Speech TV, and independent news papers.
  25. Important environmental books, videos and intellectual resources: “Who Killed the Electric Car,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” Lester Brown’s Plan B 3.0, architect William McDonough.

Above all keep an open mind and, as difficult as it may seem at times, an upbeat focus. “We’re all in this together, and together we can make an enormous positive difference.”

Peace through intelligence and application and the coming together of all religious denominations.

June 14, 2006

I think it is important for each of us to define “intelligence” in our own words.

With regards to global issues, I would define Intelligent as: Something that aids in the ability of a species to survive into the future.

Unintelligent: Something that threatens the survival of the species.

If you could be GOD for a day, would you save the World? What does Saving the World mean to you?

August 20, 2006

Ten simple things we can do now that save money and conserve resources:

  1. Change all your light bulbs to high efficiency - long life fluorescents
  2. Fix any water leaks and natural gas leaks
  3. Keep vehicle tires at the proper pressure
  4. Drive less, and in the most fuel efficient vehicle (that suits your needs)
  5. Re-use grocery bags
  6. Plant trees (unfortunately not Ash or American Elm trees)
  7. Compost (if you can)
  8. Minimize the use of chemicals for pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
  9. Canadian toilet rules: "If it's yellow let it mellow…"
  10. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle