10 Things OC can do on Earth Day

Earth DayHappy Earth Day! Make a couple of changes in your routines today, and by Earth Day 2008, you can say that you’ve made an impact.

1. Recycle at work: if your office or workplace doesn’t already have a recycling program, set one up. But a couple of trashcans and let people know that you are going to be recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Save up the money and have a fun party next Earth Day.

2. Replace bulbs: take three frequently used light bulbs and replace them with compact fluorescent bulbs.

3. Use less gasoline: gas is expensive, so start to carpool, use public transportation, or ride a bike.

4. Only run a full dishwasher: save water and electricity by only running your dishwasher when you’ve filled it up.

5. Plant a tree: trees suck up carbon dioxide and make clean air for us to breathe.

6. Vote Democratic: Democrats have a better track record with environmental issues, so vote for them! Even if a Democrat is running for a seat on your local city council or school board, give them your support. Many politicians start in those local offices.

7. Turn it off: If you aren’t using an electronic, turn it off. You can help even more by unplugging things that are not in use.

8. Read Maria: Maria runs the Fotzepolitc blog which is all about living green in Orange County. She had this list of things to do in OC on Earth Day.

9. Buy recycled: when you buy things, check to see if the packaging is made of recycled materials. It is really easy to do, especially with printer paper.

10. Buy organic:
when possible, buy organic food because the chemicals used in modern agriculture pollute the water supply, and require energy to produce.

  9 comments for “10 Things OC can do on Earth Day

  1. Roxxi
    April 22, 2007 at 11:07 am

    Great suggestions Mike! But regarding the planting of trees. Please ensure that you plant the right trees that are native to the area. Many trees are planted that end up destroying natural flora and fauna to a particular area.

  2. tyler
    April 22, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    The Earth will be perfectly OK regardless what temp. it is at or how much ice there is. All YOU are concerned with is your own personal little habitats. Your worried that you may be personally inconvenienced, this is selfishness at its worst.
    Who cares whether it is natural or man made… either way the earth is changing.
    Those who live to blame this on man do so cause if they are right, in their tiny frightened minds it means they can fix it…. This is the same arrogance that got us to where we are today.

    You decided to play(too much) and now you realized there are reactions to you actions. Just sit back and enjoy yourselves it appears that’s all people are good for anyway.
    Know in your hearts that the Earth will be here long after we are gone and life (maybe no humans) will flourish as it always has.

    Tyler Goines

  3. April 22, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Sit back and enjoy ourselves? Whatever reasons a person may have for choosing to live a greener lifestyle–be it out of guilt or true respect for the land–they are better than apathy.

  4. Jim Bieber
    April 23, 2007 at 9:55 am

    Let’s not forget Crow’s other thoughtful advise on preventing global warming – only one square of tolet paper per setting.

    I would like to nominate Mr. Lawson to head up the potty enforcers division at the EPA.

    Let’s see, this April Fool’s Day my family wasted 6 rolls of paper applying them liberally to our neighbors tree – I guess it’s off to Nuremberg to stand trial for crimes against humanity.

    Crow is a big time kook and hypocrite – thank goodness Rove was “dismissive” to her.

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    April 23, 2007 at 11:14 am

    Your side only loves celebrities who vote Republican; everyone else has to shut up and sing.

    Sheryl Crow is a kook? Here are some Republican quotes for you Jim, tell me who’s Kooky?

    Note Rove’s response to “who’s idea was it to invade Iraq?”

    Alberto Gonzales and the U.S. Attorneys Purge

    “He may be an idiot, I don’t know.”
    Rush Limbaugh, on Alberto Gonzales, April 20, 2007.

    “He is our No. 1 crime fighter.”
    Dana Perino, on Alberto Gonzales, April 20, 2007.

    “I believe you ought to suffer the consequences that these others have suffered, and I believe the best way to put this behind us is your resignation.”
    Senator Tom Coburn, (R-OK), April 19, 2007.

    “The moment I believe I can no longer be effective, I will resign.”
    Alberto Gonzales, April 19, 2007.

    “I don’t think you’re going to win a debate about your preparation.”
    Arlen Specter (R-PA), to Alberto Gonzales, April 19, 2007.

    “Senator, that I don’t recall remembering.”
    Alberto Gonzales, April 19, 2007.

    “I recall making the decision. I don’t recall when the decision was made.”
    Alberto Gonzales, April 19, 2007.

    “We screwed up and we’re trying to fix it.”
    Dana Perino, on White House’s handling of staff’s RNC emails, April 12, 2007.

    “When I said a handful I was asked based on something that I didn’t know.”
    Dana Perino, White House spokesperson, on revelations that up to 50 Bush aides used external RNC email accounts for official business, April 12, 2007.

    The Republican Culture of Corruption

    “If there is anything that we should have learned from the Duke Lacrosse case, it is that the destruction of the reputations of innocent people can occur when the government, the press and the public jump to unfounded conclusions.”
    Rep. John Doolittle, (R-CA), April 20, 2007.

    “I’m presently under indictment for laws that don’t exist in Texas by a Nifong of Texas called Ronnie Earle, undermining our justice system here in Texas.”
    Tom Delay, April 16, 2007.

    “We’ve got issues we need to work through.”
    Dick Cheney, asked about White House credibility problems, April 15, 2007.

    The Verbal Incontinence of George W. Bush

    “Putting up with me requires a lot of patience.”
    President Bush, April 19, 2007.

    “Death is terrible.”
    President Bush, April 19, 2007.

    “If you’ve got a chicken factory, a chicken-plucking factory, or whatever you call them, you know what I’m talking about.”
    President Bush, April 19, 2007.

    “Running a country is no fun at all.”
    Laura Bush, reading to children on Easter, April 11, 2007.

    Chaos in Iraq

    “I think it was Osama bin Laden’s.”
    Karl Rove, on whose idea it was to launch a pre-emptive invasion of Iraq, April 19, 2007.

    “The very fundamental issue is, they don’t know where the hell they’re going.”
    Retired Marine Gen. John J. “Jack” Sheehan, on why he turned down the role of Bush “war czar,” April 11, 2007.

    “It was just like any open-air market in Indiana in the summertime.”
    Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), April 4, 2007.

    GOP White House Hopefuls Watch

    “”My response is, lighten up and get a life.”
    John McCain, responding to criticism of his “Bomb Iran” performance, April 20, 2007.

    “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran.”
    John McCain, responding to a question on Iran by singing to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann,” April 19, 2007.

    “I know what’s best for the security of this nation.”
    John McCain, April 17, 2007.

    “Our party has to get beyond issues like that.”
    Rudy Giuliani, on abortion, April 16, 2007.

    “Thank youse all very much for invitin’ me here tuh-day, to this meeting of the families from different parts’a California.”
    Rudy Giuliani, imitating the Godfather while on the stump, April 14, 2007.

    “I’m in the private sector and for the first time in my life I’m earning money. You know that’s sort of part of the Jewish tradition.”
    Tommy Thompson, April 16, 2007.

    “You have to ask yourself, the first black man is running for president and nobody’s afraid of him, because everybody’s afraid of Hillary.”
    Dick Morris, April 10, 2007.

    Miscellaneous Conservative Psychosis

    “I hope it’s your family members that die when terrorists strike.”
    Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, (R-CA), to members of the EU regarding U.S. practice of extraordinary rendition, April 20, 2007.

    “The President believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed.”
    White House spokesperson Dana Perino, on President Bush’s reaction to the massacre at Virginia Tech, April 16, 2007.

    “Who’s the master and who’s the slave in that relationship.”
    Indiana Republican Secretary of State Todd Rikita, on African-Americans’ 90% support for Democrats, April 16, 2007.

    “I am hesitant to see Southern Methodist University welcoming the institute of a Methodist who has been so contrary to the teachings of the Methodist Church.”
    Reverend C. Joseph Sprague, on proposed George W. Bush presidential library at SMU, April 13, 2007.

    “He has the same sense of humor that Imus has.”
    Mary Matalin, on her former boss Dick Cheney, January 24, 2005.

  6. Jim Bieber
    April 23, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Crow’s toilet paper plan doesn’t read like a joke on her web site.

    “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”.

    “I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting.”

    Why is her plan any whacker than aother celebrity comments like Rosy O’Donnell saying that “fire doesn’t melt steel” trying to justify why 9-11 was a hoax. Was she joking too?

    The bogus claim that earth’s current warming trend, unlike the Martian one, is solely attributed to man’s industrialization, is the new ‘absolute’ that will justify a command economy.

    Communism’s promise of a ‘new man’ didn’t fly with everyone. People couldn’t give up freedoms outright on a theory. After 70 years of pitching the line of the ‘new man’ or era of equality they failed and the science of scoial engineering ended. Today people who are collectivists either personally or politically are happy we finally have a real sicentific reason to acomplish what they couldn’t pull off in the last century.

    We now have a new reason why smarter, more caring people should control and manage the means of production.

    Combating global warming is now the justification for ANY government action; on the macro, designating what countries can operate manufacturing plants, on the micro; rationing toilet paper. The Soviet Union rationed toilet paper, they had a very good reason to do so.

    If global warming is, as Gore states a moral issue, then ANY action taken to stop the supposed cause of global warming is justified – including the rationing of T.P.

  7. Jim Bieber
    April 23, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    It could be funny if it were not a serious option of the left. There is a movement to curtail the use of toilet paper. There was even a university in northern Cal that was seeking to ban it in public restrooms.

    So how are we supposed to know she is joking? Anything is possible in the name of stopping global warming.

    Earth Day
    50 ways to help
    By Amelia Robinson
    Staff Writer
    Saturday, April 21, 2007
    No toilet paper, no newspapers, no automobiles, no laundry detergent, no trash and no TV.
    Colin Beavan, his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their toddler and dog are saying no to a lot to fulfill their yearlong plan to make no environmental impact on the Earth.
    PORTLAND, Ore. – You can’t ignore the message when it’s everywhere: Al Gore winning an Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth,” the growing popularity of the green living Web site “Ideal Bite,” Leonardo DiCaprio gracing the cover of Vanity Fair’s “Green Issue,” and even a popular blog detailing one man’s quest to live an entire year without toilet paper.

    ‘Greener’ Investing
    By BDN Staff
    Thursday, April 12, 2007 – Bangor Daily News
    The pressure is growing. Maine State Treasurer David G. Lemoine and Vermont State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding have joined 65 leading corporations and institutional investors in looking for companies that make climate change risk a top priority. And Vanity Fair magazine devotes most of its May issue to environmental activism. It stresses individual responsibility, warning that using too much toilet paper endangers the forests and buying a cell phone leads to the slaughter of gorillas in a region where metal for a component is mined.

  8. Jim Bieber
    April 24, 2007 at 9:05 am

    National Award Winning Communicator…

    Ann Coulter, John Edwards, the “F” word and rehab. That was a funny joke didn’t you think. “What she said was outrageous”


    It was Crows brother possibly making a joke about her possibly serious suggestion. Other liberal are VERY serious about the need to reduce T.P. to fight global warming (see) my previous post.

    And finally, I used the words “liberals, communism and global warming” all in one paragraph, where’s the big slam on me engaging in McCarthyism?

  9. Dan Chmielewski
    April 24, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Sorry Jim, that wasn’t funny. But I’d rather have Sheryl Crow speak for my party than have Ann Coulter speak for it.

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