'appy Earth Day

In case your calendars are not indicating it for you, I'm here to tell you that today, Sunday April 22 is Earth Day (in the USA, too!). Today is a great day to think about all the things you take from the earth, how often we take too much, indulge in destructive consumption habits, and generally don't consider the consequences of our actions. It's also a day when we can think about ways to do better by our planet. Because, you know, it might not all end in 2012.

Many people, myself included, have issues with the environmental movement. They mistakenly believe that everything they do in life is bad for the environment, and making attempts to do "better" means it's going to cost you more, inconvenience you terribly, or won't amount to a hill of beans in the long run.

For those of us who feel the constant pressure to do better by the earth, but could use a little help making the good choices, check out the book Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada. It's not about doing it ALL, it's about making little choices that are not only good for the earth, but also good for you. The Lovely Wife picked this up the other day and we've been leafing (har.) through it, often shocked by all the terrible things we're doing to ourselves and our surroundings.

I think it helps, too, by cutting ourselves some slack. After all, technology and the global economy makes it easy to consume cheaply and irresponsibly, and hard to find out human and envioronmental impacts result from our everyday choices. By cutting ourselves some slack, I'm saying that we can feel good about making good decisions, even if it doesn't mean we're doing the 'best' we can do. We're talking baby steps here, people. Start with the easy things: buy foods with less packaging, recycle whenever you can. Make a little effort to "think green".

Now is also a good time to make some resolutions. The Ecoholic book is chock full of information on the products we use every day, often what's wrong with them (some contain carcinogens or lead to problems that you'll require other products to deal with, like how your shampoo can contribute to dandruff which causes you to buy zinc-containing dandruff shampoo which kills fish, and probably isn't all that great for humans). It gives you tips to make you a more discerning consumer, so you're not fooled by label bullshit (like the ubiquitous and often misleading "against animal testing"). But the best part is that it actually gives you information on better products to buy, so you don't have to swear off deodorant and shampoo, just adjust your consumption patterns a little. Some adjustments may even just save you some money in the long run.

Also, if you want daily tips and information, check out the Treehugger.com blog.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to check on my laundry line.

Happy Earth Day!

Posted bythemikestand at 8:20 AM  

5 stepped up to the mike:

FrozenExtremities said... 10:10 AM, April 22, 2007  

Yay for Earth day! I think I'll get a copy of that book. I've spent the last few years changing our lifestyle to be greener and for the most part we are but there's always a little more we can do.

Jessica said... 3:46 PM, April 22, 2007  

Happy Earth Day to you, friend.

Say, are you going to participate in my blog challenge? I plan on asking you every day until you do ;)

stolidmortified said... 11:31 AM, April 23, 2007  

I paid a visit to my cousins a couple of weeks ago, where my uncle and his wife were discussing global warming. While she's all insane-like from (remember) The Landmark Forum, and insists that we can will rain into falling (or something), my uncle showed very little concern regarding the current state of affairs (or the planet). He claimed that we should not be freaking out over this, that it's happened before and will again, and humans weren't meant to last anyway. It doesn't matter if we're green, we might get hit by something that kills us all, and wouldn't that be ironic. He didn't actually said THAT, and his argument was rather refreshing and a lot more sensible than my pathetic attempt at quoting him, but what it made me think of was this: Humans must be seriously megalomanic to think they can stop what's about to happen, or to even want to. (read: man thinks he must stay around being superior and all, and he ain't gonna)
I mean, how could it BE? How could WE be GONE?
OK, I think I kinda lost my point here, so I'm gonna go get me something to drink.
Don't forget Del's bday.

Uriel said... 12:51 PM, April 23, 2007  
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chRistine said... 3:18 PM, April 24, 2007  

i actually looked into the 100 mile diet 100milediet.org which is incredibly cool..

unless you live where i do and most of your 100 mile radius is covered by toronto.


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