Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I can't wait to see this movie! I understand that it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. It covers many of the issues that are near and dear to my heart: pollution; health concerns; energy consumption; social justice; consumerism. I doubt that it will be shown at a theatre near me so I'll wait to get it on Netflix.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
For Christians who don't believe that we should care for the planet, here are some Bible verses to get you thinking about creation care:
"God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good." (Genesis 1:31)
"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." (Genesis 2:15)
"The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof..." (Psalm 24:1)
"In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind." (Job 12:10)
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son. (John 3:16)
"...for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof." (I Corinthians 10:26)
I have to add a thank you to Deanna at Tea with Dee for teaching me how to embed links on my blog. :)
Monday, April 20, 2009
In addition to the potential danger to our health, the active ingredient in these soaps, triclosan, is harmful to the environment. This chemical does not just go away. It is washed down our drains and carried into our natural environment where it can kill algae and cause endocrine problems with fish. In addition, a study done at Virginia Tech showed that triclosan, when combined with chlorine (as in drinking water and swimming pools), can produce chloroform and highly chlorinated dioxins, leading to all kinds of problems. In fact, the U.S. EPA classifies it as a probable human carcinogen. In addition to being found in soap, triclosan can be in toothpaste, acne creams, deodorants, lotions, kitchen tiles, children's toys, cutting boards, toothbrush handles, hot tubs, and athletic clothing. This chemical can journey from our homes into the environment where it is reintroduced to us through the food chain, our drinking water, even breast milk.
Americans are so concerned about picking up germs that can easily be killed with regular soap, but don't give a thought to the health or environmental dangers caused by antibacterial soaps containing triclosan. We seem to be so worried about getting the plague but never give a thought to cancer caused by chemicals in the environment.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Juvenal, Satire 10.77–81
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Neat & Simple Living (http://blog.neatandsimple.com/thinkbuying_reducing_your_clutter_at_the_source)
Suddenly Frugal (http://suddenlyfrugal.wordpress.com)
Or just do your own internet search - it's amazing what is out there.
By the way, if anyone knows how to embed links on a blog, I would love to learn how!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
There are many ways to be green AND save money. Use cloth napkins instead of paper. The initial investment is higher than buying paper, but you can use the cloth ones for years. If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can even make your own. Then, once the napkins are stained and/or threadbare, turn them into rags to use instead of paper towels. Instead of buying disposable sponges, use washable dish cloths. You can be green with cleaning products, too. When I go to the grocery store, I'm amazed at the sheer number of cleaning product options. How many of these products are really necessary? I have found that white vinegar and baking soda will clean most anything. I buy the vinegar in the large jugs, thus saving money and packaging. Baking soda can be purchased in bulk at farm supply stores (this is not food grade so I still buy the small boxes at the grocery store for cooking needs). There are lots of recipes on the internet for cleaning products, such as window cleaner, that can be made at home and dispensed into reusable bottles.
Food is another area where you can be frugal and green (and maybe even a little healthier!). Beans and rice are cheap and have a long shelf life. Buy them in bulk to save even more money and cut down on packaging. Meat, if you eat it, should be treated as a luxury or condiment. It's expensive and very bad for the planet - I could write a whole blog entry on the U.S. meat industry. Rather than spending money on over-packaged, over-processed, over-priced convenience foods, buy fresh fruits and vegetables. As an alternative, frozen produce is good for you and a good buy. Just don't buy the *meal in a bag* type. Breakfast cereals are the worst - companies spend more on the packaging than they do on the food inside. Buy a large container of oatmeal or make your own granola. And start putting food in reusable containers - skip the plastic wrap and plastic bags whenever possible.
Save money and be green with your entertainment. Borrow books, CDs, and DVDs from the library. Instead of making all those quick trips through the fast food drive-thru, keep homemade snacks handy at home, in your car, at your office, and use the money you save to go to a nice restaurant. It will make the meal much more memorable and enjoyable. And fewer fast food wrappers will go to landfill.
As you can see, I can go on and on....I think I'll save the rest for later.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Now that Lent is over, I'm *allowed* to watch the news again. Funny thing is, I'm not really interested. I do want to keep abreast of the major stories but I've realized what a huge black hole of time it was. I would turn on Wolf Blitzer to catch up on the top stories and would find myself sucked in, listening to the same stories told over and over again. No more. I would much rather spend my time reading inspirational material and trying to find ways to make a difference - to be active rather than passive in the world - even in very small ways.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
I hate that Clara might be suffering - although you wouldn't know it from spending time with her - but there's not much that can be done for a chicken. I'm going to keep an eye on her to make sure the other chickens don't pick on her; otherwise, we'll just have to wait and see while I douse her with antibacterial medicine on a daily basis.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Thomas Merton, Christian mystic
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
"In 2008, Great American Cleanup volunteers collected 86 million pounds of litter and debris; planted 107,000 trees and 48,000 gardens, xeriscapes and green spaces; cleaned 144,000 miles or roads, streets and highways; and diverted more than 189 million plastic (PET) bottles and more than 1.4 million scrap tires from the waste stream."