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Been awhile since I posted with this icon, isn't it?

[livejournal.com profile] dpaxson would like people to consider the environmental positions of the several candidates--Kucinich (goooo, Cleveland!) and Edwards had strong positions, but seem to be losing ground as viable contenders for the nomination. Obama's got a somewhat better stance than Hilary.

Then, of course, there are the Republicans, which range from "tolerable" to "scary".

Please see her post for more in this vein, and feel free to comment. Here, I'll be discussing things I've done over the past year in my own life to live more sustainably--what have you done? What will you do, in the coming year?

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That's my list. What's yours? It might be wiser to post yours in your own journal (thus spreading the love) than to post yours as a comment in mine.

Anything on this list that involved learning a new skill, especially a crafting skill, I am happy to teach. Just ask--the real challenge can be schedule matching, but it's not insurmountable!

The battle's not done--it's hardly begun, and all indications are that action will be too little, and too late, to avert the worst changes. While that's not particularly cheering...my faith has very strong statements about not throwing in the towel, and how failing in the struggle is the best ending of all.


What are you doing?

-- Lorrie
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By now, I'm sure most of you are familiar with the idea of buying "carbon credits" to offset one's carbon load on the environment. Really, for me, this is some sort of ecological indulgence--buying off one's eco-sins. Still, after one has replaced all the incandescent bulbs that one can*, has shut off the computers when not in use, chucked the plastic bags, quit flushing the cat poop, started a worm bin and all that cool, groovy stuff...the lights still have to come on, and in my current situation that involves suckling at PG&E's great electric teat.

Now, one easy thing to do to reduce the amount of paper coming into your home, after you've shut off the danged junk mail, is to tell one's utilities to please not send you paper bills. This means they tell you by e-mail when you have your bill, and you then also pay electronically. This saves all involved money and paper--indeed, my auto insurance company's service fees went down to thank me, and PG&E made a donation of some pittance in my name in some appropriate direction.

When it comes to automated payments, however, I am firmly against them--every month, mindfully, I pay each bill, and I do it from "my checking account" instead of "by debit through the credit-card-branded ATM card attached to my checking account". The cc # on my ATM card is a fragile thing, but the checking account # isn't as likely to change on no notice, and/or fly to Mexico City without me (I hate that).

But this isn't about that!

No, it's about PG&E's current greenwashing campaign (I mean, they want to say green things, but are still doing coal plants, what can you do?), ClimateSMART. For about $5/month for the average household, PG&E will buy carbon credits to offset the carbon load of the electrical generation for your household.

I signed up straightaway--my first month's environmental indulgence costs $1.31 (see powersaving measures already taken, above). This post is to let all y'all locals know about this, and all y'all non-locals to see if your electric company follows suit, and to ask them to consider it if they don't.

-- Lorrie

* -- In my kitchen, if I replace both the ceiling and oversink bulbs incandescents with CFL's, they buzz and pulse. Not only is it annoying, but they're not in sync, which is worse. Also, the overoven light doesn't, as far as I can find, come in CFL. The rest are, however, swapped out.

-- It's for the sea otters. I just checked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and while landfills suck, they're apparently the least-sucky cat feces solution at just this moment.

-- Of which I have not yet written, but will. I have a thousand new pets, and they walk themselves...
lwood: (teal party)
From today's San Francisco Chronicle, the Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco vote to ban petroleum-based plastic bags from stores.

This is an update of an earlier post that was pre-vote--the below article shows the results.


SF supes vote to ban plastic bags in stores )

In related news, my bagmaking apparatus is now semi-portable: I can set up wherever there's a table. Not as portable as knitting (I can knit and walk, not net and walk), but tonight's evening involves waiting at a table for some folks to show up, so it's perfect.

In a further update, it drew several curious, but friendly, questions and comments at lunch. As there's a gym immediately adjoining my usual lunchtime eatery, the comparison to "a basketball net" made sense. 8-)

-- Lorrie
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While nosing around syndication feeds for [livejournal.com profile] dpaxson last week, I came upon some reasonable foreign news sources, which I thought I would share for you datavores in the audience:

[livejournal.com profile] bbc_news_world BBC World News
[livejournal.com profile] hel_sanomat Finnish News
[livejournal.com profile] aftenposten_en Norwegian News
[livejournal.com profile] al_jazeera Al Jazeera -- or, for your one-question Unicode support test, الجزيرة نت
(Note to Self: hey, neat, I can cut & paste Arabic!)

...I tried to set one up for Iceland Review, but LJ doesn't like something about how the IR folks have their feed formatted, so I can't.

All feeds in English.

Anyway, this from [livejournal.com profile] al_jazeera, on a Teal Party note: several Amazonian tribes are suing ChevronTexaco for screwing up their water supply. Sure, it was legal by Ecuadorian law...but, um, the ecosystem is still broke:


In other Teal news, Iceland now has a pro-environment party: "Íslandshreyfingin – lifandi land". This translates to: "Iceland's Movement: Living Land". Founded quite recently (this news item is only dated 23 March 2007), they're already doing well in phone polls, and bill themselves as "green all the way through". Good luck with that...

And now, back to work: tonight, [livejournal.com profile] dpaxson and I are due to crack [livejournal.com profile] water_of_fire's skull for a nibble at her tasty brainmeats. Mwahahaha!

-- Lorrie
lwood: (teal party)
Teal Party News, 22 March 2007: World Water Day!

We Found Al Gore's Blog, Friend It Here )
Why Incandescent Light Bulbs Suck--for Now )
22 March is World Water Day )

That's all for now--until then, go well, waste less, and you can't go away 'cos away doesn't exist.

-- Lorrie
lwood: (teal party)
[crossposted to several e-mail lists]

Greetings and salutations! This morning, it's time for another environmentally friendly ramble. In this post, I'll be discussing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Interfaith Power and Light (IPL).

CSA: Community Supported Agriculture: From Family Farmers to You )
IPL: Interfaith Power and Light: Love Thy Neighbor )

Party Business:

I also hope, this week, and hopefully with the able assistance of the most excellent [livejournal.com profile] quirkwidget, to work on several logo variations. Watch this space!

-- Lorrie
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Full fat milk makes you thinner - Swedish study

Published: 8th January 2007 10:54 CET
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/6019/

Full fat dairy products are more likely to keep you slim than comparable low fat foods. That's the apparently topsy-turvy conclusion of a new Swedish study, which shows that the fat encourages calcium uptake.

Researchers at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute now reckon that daily consumption of full fat dairy products will lead to a reduction of obesity, reported Svenska Dagbladet.

--for the rest, read the article, but there's not much more than that.

Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] macraven, aka Dave "Daithi" Haxton, your one-stop shop for heathen geeky farmer ranty needs--who reminds you that food that's been dicked around with less is better for you.

-- Lorrie


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