|Re: Environmenal Frustration||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: RowenaHC (RowenaHCcs.com)|
|Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 18:51:12 -0600 (MDT)|
I think we could all be driven into a depression by reading about the state of the planet and looking around us at the total disregard paid to ecological issues by almost everyone, even the highly educated and those with real choices. It would have been funny if it were not so sad to read about the indignation of those people who chose to drive very expensive, gas guzzling and grossly polluting SUVs when the price of gas went up a few cents recently. In Europe they pay about the same for a litre as we do for a g allon of gas! I think all most of us can do most of the time is to "think globally and act locally" to repeat a cliche. Here in Cambridge Coho we have an informal group called Live Lightly Please (LLP) which tries to inculcate habits of attention in our community. They track down bargain domestic fluorescent bulbs, make sure everything that can be is recycled, demand that we use recycled and non-toxic products in our common house and on our common ground, turn off lights, circulate educational stuff, discourage the planting of foreign invasive plants, use of petroleum based cleaners and chlorine bleach, and generally keep environmental issues before us on a regular basis. Does everyone go along? Unfortunately, no. But many do, and at least those who don't hopefully feel guilty as they leave lights blazing in every room! On a somewhat larger scale, we can support those organizations that act for the general good and sue the bad guys. The Conservation Law Foundation is an important player in the Northeast and there are others around the country. We can also write our representatives and help make the environment an issue in the upcoming elections. Unfortunately, as those who sought to control the waste from massive hog farms found out, money talks and money elects representatives who won't control the damage. So, buy organically raised food, live lightly, support the good guys, and pray that awareness will come in time to save this lovely planet of ours. Rowena
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