i will no longer post constitution mondays. unless and until the patriot act, the military commissions act, and the insurrection act are overturned- we no longer have a constitution. we certainly do not enjoy the freedoms we used to have. but- i have said this many times- and i am turning to something that we can control- our own contributions to the co2 emissions on this planet.
i thought i would explore ways that folks in their everyday lives in america- as we are the number one contributor to greenhouse gases- can do their part each day. will it take some thought?- yes. will it take some sacrifice and planning? - yes. but think of it this way- if we continue to live exactly the way we are right now- the planet as we know it- hospitable and bountiful in some regions- will cease to exist. americans don't like change and are really big into leaving things to posterity- so- really this is a win-win situation. if we don't want our earth to change, and we want to leave a viable planet to our children and posterity- we can act now to turn things around.
there are numerous cities across america and now 5 western states who are committing to lowering greenhouse gases and co2 emissions. why not build on that and make it nationwide? thinking smarter does not mean giving up jobs- it means creating new ones. it doesn't mean giving up cheap food- it means eating smarter and better- and that would go a long way to helping solve the nationwide health crisis that is obesity. i am starting to think about ways to make my life and my home greener. it won't happen overnight- old habits die hard. i still forget to turn my computer printer off- as it doesn't have standby mode- but i do turn off the computer and whatnot.
so- eating. you hear quite a bit about going vegan or vegetarian. there are whole hosts of literature out there from the health care community extolling the benefits of a grains and plant based diet. americans are programmed to eat meat. i don't necessarily think that folks have to give that up. just be smarter about it. it isn't going to hurt to think about a few things while you are enjoying your steak or pork chop- this is the era of corporate farming. that is why food is so relatively cheap here. you have big hog farms in north carolina and big dairy in new zealand that are some of the largest polluters on the planet- not to mention that cooked meat gives off carcinogens.
it takes minutes to plan a weekly menu based more on locally grown fruits and vegetables and dairy products. i googled to see what my state and local area even produces. transportation of foods from one country to another also has an impact on the environment- so help reduce that and help rev up your local economy by reading labels and buying what you can locally. even if it is only seasonal- it will have an impact. less pre-fab and takeout and more home cooking with fresher ingredients and smarter cooking techniques.
whether you believe that the earth is on a 'cycle' or not, there is absolutely no reason to use and throw away wantonly. i realize that corporate polluters are the heavy hitters but we don't have as much control over them. we can control which companies we support and we can control products we buy- and how much. americans, as a nation, are wasteful. we have so many choices and they are instantaneous and that leads to waste. we have control over where we go and what we eat and what we buy. let's just do it smarter with more conservation.