April 22, 2010 Leave a comment
Happy Earth Day everyone!
Is it? No, not really. Earth Day was a hippy festival for exactly 1 year. The following year, so many businesses realized they could profit off the second iteration of this celebration that it’s been hopelessly corrupted ever since.
That aside, HuffPo had a funny list of seven things you can do in your own life to be more Earth conscious. Except for the four that you can’t; not if you don’t live in a place where it’s possible.
Of the four that are possible, here’s something interesting (I bet you can guess what’s coming):
The United Nations have concluded that meat production is responsible for around 18% of global CO2 emissions. 5,214 gallons of water are required to produce a single pound of beef, and the EPA estimates that more than 27,000 miles of US rivers have been polluted by livestock waste. Individually, you could make a great deal of change by putting down the meat and going vegetarian.
The other sensible ones: stop using plastic, eat locally, and don’t fly.
Unless you need to.
And don’t have a car.
Unless you live where there isn’t any reliable public transportation.
And power your house or business with renewable energy.
Unless it isn’t available in your area.
And don’t have a baby. OK, so I like that last one.
Seriously, if you want to clean up poop and vomit, get a pug!