Ali de Bold
on Mar 28, 2008 @ 03:32 pm|
For 1 hour tomorrow, March 29, 2008 at 8 p.m (your local time), millions of people around the world are shutting their lights out as a positive energy saving statement for our planet. Earth Hour was created by the World Wildlife Fund in Sydney last year and in one year has become a global movement. More than 100 cities across North America are participating.
Are you in?
P.S Love, love LOVE the lunatic comment on this one. Let's set them straight, shall we?
|Protect the Earth is for the rich. on Mar 28, 2008 @ 04:01 pm|
I think that all these protect the earth thing is for the rich. When billions of people think about how they are going to put food on the table every minute, the environment does take a back seat.
Promoting to normal citizens about saving the environment is like singing to a cow, a wasted effort.
People still need shopping bags to carry the groceries, we still need to use our cars to get to work, nobody can afford a prius or BMW Hydrogen 7 series.
Ali de Bold
|Environment = rich people?? on Mar 28, 2008 @ 06:48 pm|
* Energy saving lightbulbs cost a few bucks more, but last up to 10 times longer than regular ones and use less energy therefore saving you hydro dollars.
* Walking, transit, biking = cheaper than driving. In some cases you have to drive and this is not an option, but when you can it's definitely cheaper
* Plastic bags vs. reusable. Personally, I got 4 reusable bags for free from the university bookstore when I bought my books this year, 2 free reusable bags from fashion week and 2 more from other media events. I haven't spent a penny on them. The plastic bags I do get I reuse for the garbage, carrying down my recycling and storing shoes when I travel.
* In Canada, a Toyota Prius (hybrid) is around $20K. I spent $15K on my 1997 chevy cavalier - which I still drive btw. Sparingly.
* Reducing = saving money. We try not to buy too much unnecessary junk and donate anything we aren't using. Not only does that ensure we are careful with our purchase decisions and spend less money, it saves space in our apartment and 1 less thing for future landfills.
* I never put my AC below 22C, that saves energy and money and we get sick less often from going from hot summer days to deep freeze indoors.
Taking environmental measures actually saves money. If anything it is beneficial for those of us with debt or lower incomes.
|Environment! on Mar 28, 2008 @ 08:28 pm|
It really doesn't matter what socio-economic status you are in, everyone must and can do their share.
The sad part is actually that many people from poorer income areas in the world are most affected by natural disasters brought on by climate change.
When everyone works together to do their share to save the environment, everyone can benefit from it.
Protecting the environment is something I also feel extremely strongly about.If we do not care for it, we'll be dealing with more problems in the future... and the cost would be waaayyy more expensive than anything we're paying for now. We're talking about displaced people, hurricanes destroying 1000 0000 0000 of homes and people's lives. I think one of the worst results is when you think of the type of future your children might have living on this planet, with all of the pollution around everywhere you go.
I will be out on Earth Hour, and I really hope that the restaurant I go to will have candles and shut out the lights. I'm also gonna call home and make sure all the lights over there are out there too! I think it actually would be quite fun... and would bring tons of awareness to this issue as well.
|Understanding both sides, and yet... on Mar 29, 2008 @ 01:27 pm|
I think what hunter is getting at is that for many people, there are so many pressing issues like how to pay their mortgage and put food on the table that the environment is not at the top of their list of concerns. Not that they are necessarily anti-eco, but it's just not important to them right now. I get that - I was a poor student with my husband, living on love alone.
Here's what I don't get (and I think this is where MissChickie was going): there are so many eco-friendly changes you can make that hardly impact your life.
-recycle (some people don't know what all can be recycled? fine. Choose the obvious ones for now, like paper/flyers, milk/soda jugs, aluminum/pop cans, and glass bottles). Most apartment complexes and residential neighborhoods have recycling collection and it takes so little effort to separate your waste once you get into the swing of it.
-use fewer shopping bags by: bringing your reusables back to the store with you (I have never been given grief by the cashier for asking him/her to pack my groceries into a cloth bag or plastic bin), or asking the cashier to make sure the bags are packed full. If you don't remind them not to, they'll use too many and pack things that don't need bags, like milk jugs or bulk packages.
-switch out your bulbs. Like MC mentioned, they last much longer (I'm speaking from experience) and you can either wait until they go on sale or even get them free at certain events (check with your electricity provider if they have such promos. Manitoba Hydro for one gives them away every year.)
-drive less often, carpool, or use public transport. A money saver, if somewhat less convenient.
-buy less crap. 'nuff said.
-turn your lights, TV, radio, computer off when not being used. Adjust your furnace in the winter and AC in the summer to conserve energy. Set your water heater to the eco setting (many models have this setting clearly marked).
-for your next major purchase (car, washing machine, etc) consider energy/fuel efficiency along with cost.
Everything I've mentioned will actually save you money. Eco or whatever aside, be a cheapskate and hoard your money for those pesky essentials like diapers and Campbell's Soup. Rich people do have more flexibility for eco spending, like building efficient houses or driving hybrids, but that doesn't mean that the peasants can't do their part, and quite easily too.
On a final note, I was so ticked at that anonymous poster that I had to delete my comment a few times before it was appropriate enough to put up - lol! To each their own, but leave the insults aside! Geez.
|My view. on Mar 29, 2008 @ 05:06 pm|
My own view is that the upper level of government should be more efficient and be more forceful in these kind of issues. I know our government is pretty useless in its current state. And that is why i have that frustrated comment. I feel that if we feel more secure about our financial future, then the environment future will be on top of our mind.
Of course this utopia thinking is straight fantasy.
|poor people may have no choice... on Mar 30, 2008 @ 12:16 am|
...but to be eco-friendly in certain circumstances. It's the huge SUV gas guzzlers that cost more money than a fuel efficient Toyota Corolla. Sure it may not be a hybrid and not all hybrids may be affordable but generally speaking, the more expensive cars = more powerfull or faster = less fuel economic. Growing up, my family didn't have much. We couldn't even afford a used car! So we had no choice but to take public transit everywhere. So you could say we contributed the least to vehicular pollution. For grocery shopping we took our bundle buggy to No Frills where a plastic bag cost 5c each so you had no choice but to bring used ones from home or buy as little as you needed, or use the boxes that were available. We filled up our buggie and off we went taking the bus home or walking in warmer weather. I actually think it's the opposite way around. Rich people tend to buy more unnecessary things which to them seem more dispensable. Poor people need to conserve more and re-use as much as possible to save $$$. We used to tear the fabric softener sheets in half and use them twice.
I think, like artist said, everyone can do their part regardless of socio-economic status. We all can contribute, just in different ways and some may have the financial ability to do more than others.
Ali de Bold
|Choice on Mar 30, 2008 @ 10:31 am|
As anonymous pointed out, a poor person may take environmental measures not because they are consciously trying to, but because they don't have a choice, however I agree with Artist that everyone should do their part regardless of their financial status. It is entirely up to the individual to do it right.
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about rich people and poor people. Ex: rich people all abuse the environment with SUVs and lavish lifestyles just because they can, poor people are uneducated and don't care about the environment OR they should be congratulated for riding the bus when they have no choice. I truly believe that the amount of money you have is irrelevant when it comes to reducing your environmental footprint. It is entirely the individual's choices that will determine that. If you want to make certain choices you will.
A really common misconception is that rich people have more time on their hands, therefore more ability to take environmental measures. I know some rich people and some poor ones and I can tell you this is not true. A rich person has to work double and triple time to get where they are. I guarantee they have less time on their hands than most people (unless you are a single mother working 2 jobs, in which case you are probably tied). I have a friend in New York who spent 6 years as a investment banker, sleeping under his desk because he was working such insane hours. He still works extremely hard and has sacrificed a tremendous amount of his social life, personal time, etc in exchange for his success. I have friends who complain of no money but they have amazing social lives, getting together with their friends whenever they want. Then of course there are poor people working themselves to the bone all of their lives without getting a break, which is really unfair.
Bottom line: It's really easy to pigeon hole people but it isn't always true.
|I have to agree.... on Mar 30, 2008 @ 06:07 pm|
....with MissChickie, Artist and Mamaluv on this one... I participated in Earth Hour and went out for a walk...I was disappointed to see so many lights & tvs on in people's houses. I know some people say it is like a drop in the ocean but every little bit helps. As a matter of fact, I think they should set aside an hour every weekend in major cities like they did the Saturday that just past...there is nothing wrong with unplugging and shutting off the tv/lights for an hour...
|I must say though.... on Mar 30, 2008 @ 09:02 pm|
I am pleased with those who had participated, Yayyy!!!!
Apparently, the power usage went down in Toronto by I think it was 8%? And I believe in Canada it was somewhere like 5%!
I know it doesn't seem like a lot, but I think it's a real big deal! I do agree with MizzRobin, that this should be done periodically, definitely more than once a year!
Think about how much power we can save then..... ? ?
|camping on Mar 30, 2008 @ 11:23 pm|
I participated in Earth Hour by default. I was at Yosemite camping w/ some friends! We were powered by fire, great company, and some tasty beverages! :-P