What Are You Reading?

Just Do Something

Famed naturalist Jane Goodall has dedicated her life to protecting wildlife and the environment, and at age 87, she continues to reach out to as many people as possible to advocate for a more sustainable future. She talked with correspondent Seth Doane about her new book, “The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times,” and about how everyone can contribute to reversing mankind’s destruction of our only home.

I am sure it is a great read for those inclined, however, her simple plea; JUST DO SOMETHING, has stayed in my mind. I thought my recycling helped but recent local reports suggest otherwise. China no longer wants our garbage and it is more than likely the recycling is floating on barges somewhere between here and there. There is talk that clothing donations are so abundant designer jeans are washing up on third world countries shores.

We need to rethink things. But Ms. Goodall’s request is simple. So, what can we do? These are my two favorites;

  1. Delete old emails. A server needs electoral power to save data, emails are data. Think of it as storing junk mail in a storage unit you pay for.
  • Don’t run the water in the sink, (especially when brushing your teeth) Clean water empties into dirty water and needs to be cleaned all over again with whatever chemicals your municipality uses.

                                                         . . . just saying

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4 thoughts on “What Are You Reading?

  1. My favorite: Never recycle anything unless it is completely clean because anything with food or beverage remaining will contaminate the entire recycling load and it will all end up in a landfill (or maybe on a barge!).

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  2. We catch the water while it is getting hot in pitchers and give to the pets or use it to water plants. Another thing that I’ve done for a very long time: use wash cloths instead of paper towels. Making paper requires a fair amount of energy and also water. I bought a pile of wash cloths and dish cloths about 34 years ago and use them. It’s hard to imagine how many paper towels we might have gone through if I didn’t have a drawer in the kitchen full of easy to grab cloths.

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