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eBay: Going Once, Going Twice, Going Green!

Calling one and all: companies that had no intention of being green, but realized, hey, why not join in this eco-party and cash in?

Some may think I’m being cynical, but whether a company’s original agenda was being earth friendly or not, it doesn’t hurt to promote yourself as a “greenie” if you fall into the category, honestly.  A month prior to Earth Day, eBay is now promoting their environmentalism.  Alan Marks, senior vice president for global communications at eBay, explains that eBay’s earliest business model wasn’t intentionally “green.” Think about their philosophy: reselling old, unwanted items “rather than making new stuff reduces carbon emissions that go along with production.”

To read more about eBay’s green initiatives, visit, NY Times

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Water Rationing Is Not Just For Californians

California’s third year of drought is cause for alarm.  Reservoirs are low even though there have been large amounts of snow from storms lately.

NPR’s, Morning Edition  announced, ”California has declared a statewide water emergency in the face of a punishing three-year drought. It could result in some drastic conservation measures and water rationing over the coming months, stretching from California’s farm belt to major coastal cities like Los Angeles.”

Also the Sacramento Bee  has an eye-opening article how the lack of water is causing a detrimental trickle effect; the “thirsty farms”, the dwindling number of fish in the estuary, and lack of jobs is real and frightening.  The amount of produce the country relies on California for is staggering.  Some farmers will buy water on the open market to keep orchards alive”  Purchase water?  Is this what our over-indulgent country has deteriorated to?  This is an enormous wake-up call for our country to take action now.

Make promises to help our precious Earth.  Here are a few of the countless suggestions from Earth Promise that everyone can do that will make a big difference: 

·         To take shorter showers.  Every two minutes you cut down on your shower can conserve more than 10 gallons of water.  This will not only save you time, but money on your water bill.

·         To run only full loads in the dishwasher. By running the dishwasher when it is not full, you will do so more often, thus using more electricity.

·         To not pre-rinse dishes if possible before putting them in the dishwasher.  If you do need to give them a rinse, don’t allow the water to run. 

·         To turn off the tap while brushing my teeth.

·         To flush one less time per day (obviously picking the right time not to).  By doing this, you can save up to 5 gallons per day.

·         To plug the drain in the tub before turning on the water instead of waiting for it to get warm.

·         To use drip irrigation or soaker hoses in my garden and/or flower bed instead of regular sprinklers which will use less water.

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Stimulus Bill Is Looking Mighty Green

While there is much debate on Obama’s stimulus bill that was passed Friday, the idea that there are any (or at least green jobs) is hopeful.  The economic stimulus touts to not only create green jobs, but will also tackle our global warming and reliance on fossil fuels.   President Obama needs our support, as our future depends on it.  

 

MSNBC’s article about Obama’s stimulus package being signed today in Denver, Colorado, clarifies this step forward with the promise of more jobs in the near future:

President Barack Obama will sign the $787 billion stimulus package today.  “The setting, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, is meant to underscore the investments the new law will make in “green” energy-related jobs.”

The Miami Herald’s   article from yesterday states, “Robert Pollin, a professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, said the green investment portion of the stimulus more broadly should yield about 1.7 million jobs, about 30 percent of them in construction.”

So let’s help President Obama’s “major milestone on our road to recovery. “  Visit Earth Promise and see how your changes can make an enormous impact.

  

Join Earth Promise to make, and keep track of your personal promises

 

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Energy Efficiency To Revitalize the Economy

The numbers tell all–jobless rate leaps (not just jumps) to a high of 7.2%.  The idea that President-elect Barack Obama has the vision to revitalize our economy and help our environment simultaneously gives our nation hope.  We are waiting on the edges of our seats for the big day of January 20th.

In Brandi Colander’s blog, she astutely explains how Obama’s tax cut to the American people combined with improving energy efficiency for millions of homes can be the foundation to strengthen our severely weakened economy.  The amount of jobs that energy effiecieny can generate is encouraging. 

 A lifestyle change is what is in order:  an earth promise  that each one of us needs to make.   As a nation, we need to work together to alter our way of thinking.  “With a consistent commitment to these goals supported by adequate policies and funding, it is evident that although unsexy, energy efficiency has mass appeal and we will continue to “read all about it” in many headlines to come.”

To read Colander’s blog, go to www.switchboard.nrdc.org.

To get ideas on what small changes you can do to help Obama’s green initiative, visit, http://www.earthpromise.com/

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Obama, Gore and the Climate Change Priority

After Al Gore met with President-elect Obama met, it “appears” that he will not be a part of Obama’s cabinet.  With the power Gore has regarding addressing climate change, it may not even matter where he is when he discusses what he thinks.  I am guessing Gore has Obama’s ear on this topic and will be an integral part of the next steps, whether we refer to him as “Climate Czar” or not.

Speaking with Vice President-elect Biden and Gore, Obama stated, “All three of us are in agreement that the time for delay is over, the time for denial is over.”

It is nice to hear how important this topic is to Obama and in their meeting addressing climate change is a “matter of urgency”.  In addition, with the economy the way it is, it will create new jobs, something that is so important as our unemployment rate approaches 7%.  And he is not talking about a few jobs here and there.  He has mentioned 2.5 million jobs. 

“We have the opportunity now to create jobs all across this country, in all 50 states, to re-power America, to redesign how we use energy, to think about how we are increasing efficiency, to make our economy stronger, make us more safe, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and make us competitive for decades to come, even as we’re saving the planet,” Obama said.

It is very important that we all get behind this kind of plan.  Helping the environment and the economy at the same time. 

 

Want to help combat global warming and the climate crisis? Visit Earth Promise and find ways you can make changes in your lifestyle that will have a positive effect on the health of the environment.

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