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World Environment Day

Environment DayAs yesterday was World Environment Day I've been reading a bit about it. Since 1972 the UN has been trying to make us aware of the environment and encourages us to care for it through voluntary education and action.

Did you know that if the Earth were divided equally among all of us each person would receive 4.5 acres. Yet it takes over 22 acres per person nowadays to maintain the average European or American lifestyle. I'm just trying to imagine how I would manage to survive – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – on 4.5 acres! Yet we are being asked to take voluntary steps towards using only our fair share of the earth's resources.

Big question: What small steps can I personally take to bring about change?

Environment Day2

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Recycle.
Re-use.
Repair.
Donate to others less well off.
Switch off stuff you aren't using.
Don't waste water
Don't waste food and compost the inedible bits like tea and coffee grounds and veggie peelings (once they've been used to make stock).
If a thing ain't broke, don't replace it.

So many little things and we can all do these simple things! :o)
Thank you. That's some list!
I must print it and put it where I can see it every day as a reminder.
:o)

And it'll remind you how easy it can actually be!
In a good New England household as a child of depression era parents those are the "Rules" I grew up with. They are second nature to me and I passed them on to my son.

Also my mother had a book, which I still have somewhere, titled Five Acres and Independence. It was her guide to the kind of small farm we had when I was a child and the garden and life style she maintained even after they no longer had the farm.

Edited at 2013-06-06 12:47 (UTC)
I and others like me must start at the beginning!
I'm from an unwealthy working class background and like you, these things are pretty much second nature even though we're much better off these days.

During WW2, the Brits called it 'make do and mend'. :o)
The mantra of those who care about the environment is:

reduce, re-use, recycle.

Eat less meat, use less electricity/gas/petrol, don't buy things that aren't necessary.

Re-use items if at all possible. For example instead of buying plastic freezer bags, I freeze portions of food in empty margarine tubs. They go in the dishwasher and stack more neatly in the freezer too. When they get a bit grotty, they go out with the recycling. Clothes either go to the charity shop or if they're too tatty, I cut them up and use them as dusters and cleaning cloths.

In other words, live more like you probably lived when you were young, before the throwaway society of the 70s and the consumerist "must have that new thing!" society of the 80s onwards. :)
Thank you. Others appear to have learnt the lesson long ago. Others of us have catching up to do.
Regrettably today we have products that are made to wear out quickly so that we have to buy new.
Computers become out dated even though they still function. My bank recently updated its software. I can no longer access my account with my present computer. What to do?

I had to get a new printer because the plastic hinge on the cover broke and it would no longer recognize that the cover was closed with the hinge broken. It would not function unless the cover was closed. The hinge could not be fixed.

Our economic society wants consumers to BUY - to consume. Use it - throw it away - buy another.
It is not easy to go against that paradigm.
And they tell me that plastic lasts forever and other things last for years and years in dumps and in the sea.
I haven't decided what to do about my computer. I'm trying to find out if it can be upgraded.
I put the printer beneath a window and put a small rug over it. The cats think it is a great place to look out the window - a cat couch.