Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reflections on Earth Day 2015

On this Earth Day 2015, the 45th anniversary of this worldwide celebration, I find myself reflecting on things environmental.  It's a good time to evaluate what we do right, what needs improving, where we've been, where we are going...

earth heart

Working with the environment...

1)  Though not by design or plan, I ended up having two jobs that dealt with the environment: one in an asbestos removal training facility, another (years later) as a library manager working under contract for the U.S. Environment Protection Agency Region 7.   The latter, in particular, provided me a wonderful education in environmental matters!   Unfortunately, it also taught me about the politics of environmental concerns...   (Bummer that.)

At our home...

2)  Indoor air quality matters...  Yep, we have our very own Radon Removal System.   Wish we didn't need that, but it's not uncommon where we live. Expensive, but well worth the money for peace of mind and better health!    (We're also a non-smoking home.   None of us smoke, so that is easy!)

house with trees
3) Outdoor air quality matters too!   So we avoid  mowing and filling gas tanks in the hottest part of the day.  No burning leaves, although unfortunately burning is still allowed where we live.  (We have so much further to go... we live in a city where transportation by car travel is most common.  That wrecks one's "ecological footprint!")   On the bright side, we are in an older neighborhood that has many very large, very old trees.   We also live where tornadoes and ice storms tear them up at times.   So we plant a new tree every year or two to make up for the loss.   New homes built in our city are required to plant trees.  I find that rather amazing!   It makes for a lovelier, healthier city though!

Below is our sorry little excuse for a Japanese Maple tree, but we love it!  

4) And then there is water quality!   This is a bit more difficult to deal with on a personal level, but one thing we avoid doing is putting all those tree leaves in the street so they end up in the storm sewers.   (Not sure why folks here so often do this!)

5)  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...  We are not saints at this, but we try.    We have nearly as much material in our recycling bin as in our trash bin.  It would be even better if we had less in each!

arrow gloss green rightI'm sure there is more I should consider, but I'll stop here.  I'm wondering what YOU do to help the environment or how you will celebrate this day! Please share!

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Unknown said...

Great post! One thing I feel somewhat guilty about is all the waste I produce with the many bubble envelopes of beads I get in the mail! But, I gave up my car a few years ago and feel it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I use public transportation and on occasion a car sharing service if necessary. I have switched to cloth napkins to reduce daily waste. A few years ago I joined a CSA farm, so every time I get a box of vegetables, they are groceries with absolutely no packaging! Happy Earth Day.

Sharyl said...

Ann, good for YOU! Giving up your car sounds like a big step so I'm really impressed! You remind me that I could do a lot more by giving up paper napkins and paper plates which we use way too often!

I'd like to find a good alternative to padded mailers, but haven't found a reliable alternative yet. Let's keep our eyes open on that one!

And yummm... I bet those fresh veggies are good!

Thanks for replying! --Sharyl

ShadowDogDesigns said...

Fascinating post, Sharyl. And you've had two very interesting jobs! I think the most important part of "reduce, reuse, recycle" are the first two words, "reduce" and "reuse". So many people are stuck on "recycle" without thinking about the first two. When DH and I started concentrating on the 1st two, our recyclables and trash went down considerably. And we try to only buy on a "need" basis rather than a "want" (although there are still "wants" purchased, just not near as many as before). Now if I could just stay on my bead diet - too many wants out there - LOL!

Sharyl said...

Catherine, so very true, on all counts! (Thank goodness beads are small!) ;-)