Resolutions You Can Keep

Bring your own reusable bag
Bring your own reusable bag
Easy Resolutions You Can Keep
*Shop with washable reusable shopping bags.
*Recycle all electronics
*Purchase products that have a minimum of packaging, and also recyclable packaging.
*Composting food scraps can cut waste in your home by 30%
*Use both cloth napkins and washable rags instead of paper products
*Use a water bottle and reduce your use of single use plastic.
*When shopping bring refillable containers and bags to reduce plastic bag consumption, and recycle all clean plastic bags.
*Never use Styrofoam products!
*Recycle everything possible and set up recycling baskets near your trash containers throughout your home and office. http://www.earth911.com for recycle locations if you lack curbside pick up.
*Keep a bag in your car to collect recycling from road trips or fast food, but patronize restaurants that use real dishes and cups.
Good Luck, and Happy 2013!

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Wishing you a Green Holiday!

022Waste increases by 25% over the holidays. What are some things we can do to reduce waste?
My tips for a green holiday
*Use “real” plates, silverware and glasses. Plastic party glasses can now be recycled, but reusable is best.
*Cloth napkins reduce waste and add quality to your dinners.
*Wrap gifts in towels, cloth napkins, reusable shopping bags, or reuse a gift bag. Wrap gifts in materials that can be recycled, composted or reused.
*Purchase products that have a minimum of packaging, and have recyclable packaging.
*Compost food scraps
*Use rags instead of paper towels and chemical free cleaners for cleaning.
*After the holidays place your Christmas tree outside for the birds to use for the winter.
*Reduce use of plastic bags, and reuse them if possible. Always recycle clean dry plastic bags.
*Shop with reusable containers that can be filled with bulk purchases.
*Avoid plastic drink bottles and never use Styrofoam
REUSE, REUSE, REUSE and then RECYCLE

Congratulations, you are on your way to a “zero waste” home!
Please share your ideas for greening the holidays

Tackling Climate Change and the Fiscal Cliff

How many life threatening storms and floods and droughts can we survive?

Official photographic portrait of US President...
Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of us are frightened by the drastic changes we have seen in our climate.
Climate Change and Fiscal cliff: Two enormous problems. Both are everyone’s problems and we all need to sacrifice and work together to solve them. Now that the price of gas has decreased $ .46 in the past 9 weeks, I am calling on Congress and President Obama to raise the gas tax. Also, we need a commitment from everyone to reduce our fossil fuel consumption by eliminating one automobile trip a week through carpooling, using public transport, combining trips, or walking/biking. Lack of demand would lower the price of gas even more!!
The costs of hurricanes, floods and drought are staggering. And the costs to the victims, and all of us through reconstruction and insurance is becoming enormous. The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut put the cost of Hurricane Sandy at 82 Billion!
I propose a temporary 50 cent tax on gasoline. Not only would this cause individuals to drive less, it could create jobs to work on our crumbling infrastructure, research for more efficient vehicles, transit, and incentives for cleaner air.
The New York Times makes a plea for investment into our infrastructure:

A gas tax increase of $.50  would put a stimulus into our economy, and make a big difference for the health of our earth. It would be an enormous leadership move FORWARD, demonstrating to the rest of the world we take stimulus and climate seriously. It is time to work towards a national goal, to use less fossil fuels and make the world a healthier place for all. This could be the magic wand for the fiscal cliff.
Links about climate:
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/182458211.html Sack Cartoon
http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/article/2012/summer-2012-brought-record-breaking-melt-to-greenland
http://blog.ucsusa.org/president-obama-keep-your-promise-to-our-children-commit-to-making-the-half-the-oil-plan-a-reality/?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=tw&utm_campaign=tw
http://current.com/green/89670079_raise-the-gas-tax-argues-thomas-friedman-of-the-new-york-times.htm
http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/image/2012/november-2012-u-s-climate-update-word-of-the-month-is-dry
http://www.ucsusa.org Union of Concerned Scientists