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Earth Day 2007!!

It has been a long time since Earth Day was really noticed. I remember going to various fairs and other events to celebrate it but that was oh so long ago. Lately I've been like others, appreciating it but not doing anything special.

Now, though, a great many of us are aware of the damage we are doing to this earth and are taking steps to minimize that damage.

One of the harder things to do is to get merchants to stop throwing plastic bags at us. I went into Taco Bell yesterday (a rare event) and ordered some rice. I said I would eat it there. But the guy came out from the kitchen with the rice already in a plastic bag. I should have just taken it out and handed the bag back but I took it instead. Still, I was aware of it, thinking of it, and deciding that I will do better next time. Of course fast food joints are impossible in the disposable container department anyway. I could never have given them a bowl to put the rice into, for example. I had to take the styrofoam one. So it's a good thing I don't go to these places very often.

I will not drive today. That's one thing I can do. Is there anything you are doing to recognize the fragile state of our earth?

I also offer this direct link to reusablebags.com, to encourage others to use these wonderful products to save money, save veggies and fruits, reduce our impact:

THIS time I actually am an affiliate. So if you order anything through that link I will get a small cut of it. My primary motivation for becoming an affililate is that I love the products and want to share that love, and I also want to use this affiliation to order from there myself, thereby getting a discount. Because only my friends visit this journal, I am offering the same to you: order through that link and I'll refund my ten percent or whatever it is to you! (You will have to send me your address, though.)

Reusablebags.com uses shareasale.com for affiliates. If you have a web site or two you can get an account with shareasale.com and become an affiliate with any number of businesses. One account, several affiliations. Convenient. It takes a little more to go through the process than usual for an affiliate but I figure it's worth it when it's done. But I lost track. What I meant to say is that shareasale.com is recognizing earth day by pledging $5,000 to carbonfund.org. Excellent, I say. That would be one way to help. There are so many organizations we can give our money to, and we should, we should, but it will never be enough just to send money.


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Apr. 22nd, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Great site.
Hi Judith! Finally I got to your blog and also that of John. WOW! A three letter word! I tried to add you as a Technorati Fav. but since they seem to have 'lost' my web site it won't let me add you. If Technorati ever reunite me with http://Alex-roadtofreedom.blogspot.com I will be sure to add you as a favorite.

It is odd being in Albania when it is Earth Day. We are permanently surrounded by trash and garbage, there is no recycling or anything here. Whereas when I worked in Taiwan recycling was a MAJOR issue with everyone from the school kids to the senior citizens recycling.

So many lost opportunities, if only we could help the developing countries see the advantages. There is a way to create energy - electricity from burning garbage, so badly needed is so many countries. Recycle what we can and then use the remainder to produce clean energy!

Well best wishes and thank you

Apr. 22nd, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Great site.
I don't know if you'll see this but if so, thank you Rod, for coming on by! I have, of course, been to your place more than once.

I agree that there are so many lost opportunities. Perhaps most obvious in a place like Albania, but also painfully noticeable in a place like Las Vegas - where there is recycling but it is so difficult to do that most people do not.
Apr. 22nd, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Great site.
Albania has some interesting prospects. The mayor of Tirana (The Capital city) is quite well known for his artistic nature. Indeed Albania has been transformed from a communist island - quite literally cut off from the outside world for around 40 years - to a rapidly developing country. The flip side is that development is entrenched with corruption and a sense of 'everything will fall into place - eventually.'

As Albania struggles for entrance into NATO and to the EU, as it is supported by the USA and the EU in many economic facets it still falls short of seeing its own future.

Rama has indeed changed the face of Tirana. The new buildings are colourful, no longer drab greys and beige. The colours are vibrant the green spaces much enlarged. Yet there is the ever present trash and the pollution. With a change in leadership predicted for the country in the next General Election it is quite possible Rama will indeed bring that colour to the whole country and if he does undoubtedly artistic license accompanied by the 'Green' wave.

Having been to more than 129 countries I have seen the various degrees of environmentalism and 'green culture.' There is no real 'shining example' but what is important is that there are many that are really, genuinely trying. At this point that is perhaps as much as we can ask for. Everyone needs to try to do their part.
Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Great site.
Keep up the site - I enjoy the articles!
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