Thursday, February 22, 2007

I never post anymore

Hey... I was gonna quit altogether, and I still might, so be happy with these once every two weeks till I get the itch again. I'm not doing this to please anyone.

Ok so shit I am.

Anyways, Rhonda went to see Dr. David Suzuki tonight (I had to be at work or I so would have tapped that!). Anyways, she texts me at 9:30 and says "I gave Dr. Suzuki your webpage". "Crap!" now I have to update!

So Dr. Suzuki, if you read this, welcome. Sorry the place is a little messy, wasn't expecting company. Can I get you something to drink? Perhaps a glass of filtered rainwater, or a glass of organcally grown, locally produced, hand crushed orange juice?

Anyhoo, so this, and Katherine's post on her blog has prompted me to give y'all another "save the planet" tree hugging bullshit post... so sit down and shut up for a sec ... Danny, I see you back there with that spitball, and I guarantee it will mean a week of detention if you throw it.

Now... where was I, Oh yes :

GLOBAL WARMING!!!! ... WHAT AM I DOING ABOUT IT?

Ok, so I'm working on posts and stuff for Rechargeable Future about greening my house and life and such, but until then, check this little list off, and see if you wanna participate.

1 - Vermicomposting - Soon. I bought the kit and such and have their new home all prepped and ready to go. I left the guys with Rhonda for a few weeks to "be fruitful and multiply" then I'm gonna split the colony in half and put half in my box and leave half at Rhonda's. I plan to keep on doing this (as well as the occasional worm swap to keep the genealogy viable), so if anyone is interested in some worms, let me know and I should hopefully have a family ready to depart in about a month and a half.

2 - Flourecent Lights - Got e'm. I buy them in bulk at CostCo or Wholesale. Not too bad that way, and cheaper in power and bulbs in the long run. Plus I'm generous and want to help the environment so I leave the bulbs when I move out of a place. So I'm slowly updating the lightsockets of our world.

3 - Recycle Recycle Recycle - Not just at home, but at work too. Started a paper recycle bin in our office and I'm constantly putting bottles in the bottle garbage (makes the lifeguards drinking money, which is nice, because today's youth are too smart and need to kill a few braincells. Basically less competition for the grand prize in the end). Look up recycling, there are alot of things out there you can recycle that you wouldn't think of - like - cars, batteries, printer cartridges, computers, cell phones, paint, paint cans, concrete.. and a tonne more. I make e'm recycle batteries at work... drives e'm mad.

4 - Walk - Now Andrew will tell you I don't do this enough. And dammit he's right. But I do try and make a point of walking to work as much as possible. With the warm weather, it's alot easier.

5 - Watch what electric appliances you leave on. Computers are the big one. I am a shameless downloader, so my PC is often on. But when not at the machine I make sure to shut off the monitor and speakers. As a backup, I also have the low power settings set on my computer to kick in after 5 minutes. Try and unplug things when you aren't using them, and unplug everything when you're on holidays (well you can leave the answering machine if you really need it). Power leakage is a huge source of CO2 emissions.

6 - Watch an Inconvenient Truth, Who Killed the Electric Car. Visit good environment webpages like Grist.com or ... whatever, there are a million out there and they all have something good to say. Read a book on the environment, I suggest "Greenhouse:The 200 Year Story of Global Warming" By Gale E Christianson... great book. Listen to some environmental music, how about "The Maples" by Rush. Eat an organically grown, locally produced, hand made vegitarian meal, it sounds like a tall order, but hey you just might like it.

7 - Grow Your Own/Buy Local - I have decided to grow a garden this year. I bought a bunch of seeds the past couple weeks, started some herbs for the summer, got some interesting fruits that will be fun to grow as well as help me eat local (got black tomatoes, purple, red, white and yellow carrots, the worlds hottest pepper, purple peppers). Still looking for seed for purple potatoes (or something else cool) and garlic. Tried to concentrate on food I could either eat right away, store for long periods or pawn off on someone else. Also gonna be checking out more farmers markets this year.

8 - Reuse - try to buy second hand where I can. Shop at Salvation Army or Value Village. Get stuff at garage sales (waiting for them to start again so I can get a kitchen table). I keep empty buckets from work for stuff.


So there's a start. Also want to start a tree planting street gang. Basically we'd just go around to places that we figure a tree should be and use stealth to plant the tree and try and propogate it's growth. Hardcore.

10 comments:

Pilon, A said...

Jeremy, you don't walk enough.

kat said...

there is a great blog called conscious earth. on it are discussions about canadian politics and the environment. very informative. check it out.

Danny said...

Ha gotcha with a spitball jackass. Right between your beedy little eyes too. Anyways there are a tpon of things you forgot to mention. Energy Saver Light Bulbs, Public Transit, Car Pooling, blah blah. *petooey* haha gotcha again sucker.

Soulfood said...

GREAT job misspelling ORGANIC when you're expecting David Suzuki to visit your webpage.

Yeah, he's gonna respect you now! NOT.

Life Ruiner's Anonymous said...

I thought you had spell check happening, it was pissing me off today. Nice to see you joining the blogosphere again.

Binns said...

If you're really interested in the purple potatoes, I can ask my mother where she got hers from. They taste like regular potatoes but last longer in storage. The only weird thing is the purple turns grey when cooked, so if potatoes weren't bland enough, they now come in grey.

saskboy said...

I like the purple potatoes too. I might bug you for worms later if you can make it to the Saskbloggers get together this Summer in Regina.

Good list.

Kim said...

so whats the name of your tree planting street gang??

David Roman said...

http://www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?ide=3

Just thought I'd throw this documentary in the mix. I don't know about all the science on both sides of the argument, but I do believe we need to be objective if we are to be truly scientific. With an issue such as this, I know myself it's hard not to become passionate and biased. So, we need a devil's advocate to stay open minded. Here I am. :P

Anyways, whether or not the science behind global warming is bunk, I will say I am still just as concerned about pollution in general and the way we handle our ecosystems. I think we can find better ways to sustain ourselves and we can learn better behaviours overall. There is no need to be pumping so much dirty biproduct into our atmosphere, and I'm sure it has several negative effects.

Life Ruiner's Anonymous said...

One of the speaking points David Suzuki used was that people have forgot that science should help us make decisions. Governments especially. But in the end it all comes down to econmist rule. I like to call it Economism. The fact of the matter is, if you want to morph the economy with the environment right now it would only cost 1% of the GDP to align ourselves with Kyoto and green up our country. That's good economics!! But why they won't do it... who knows. Really, there won't be an earth thats liveable and all of the money in the world won't save us now. It's a real turning point people... it's been said that we're even far past that turning point.