On October 15th – Blog Action Day, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind.
In its inaugural year, Blog Action Day will be co-ordinating bloggers to tackle the issue of the environment.
What Each Blogger Will Do
Bloggers can participate on Blog Action Day in one of two ways:
- Publish a post on their blog which relates to an issue of their own choice pertaining to the environment.
The above is from the Blog Action day website (www.blogactionday.org) and this post is in response to the first way in which a blogger (that would be me) can participate. The second way is to donate the profits from your blog for this one day to an environmental charity, but since I don’t make any money here, I’ll just have to write instead.
So far, this blog has mostly been about the Native American garden that we planted this past summer. If you’ve been following along, you’ve probably gotten the idea that we try to live “small”, i.e. keeping our impact on the environment low and trying to be aware of that impact in all aspects of our life. For Blog Action Day, I’ll elaborate a bit on the other ways we try to live small
We live in an old house with no central heat or air conditioning, we use space heaters or window air conditioners only as needed and only in the rooms we need them in. We use a woodstove when it’s really cold. We drive well-maintained older, small cars that get good gas mileage, and only use our newer, small truck when a truck is called for. We use a clothesline instead of a dryer as much as possible, and usually only do two loads of laundry a week. We buy most of our clothes at the Salvation Army, and we try only to buy clothes that are needed. We are semi-vegetarians (we eat fish), we try to grow our own food, eat local when available and low on the food chain (which is also for our health’s sake as well as the enviro). We try to fix things when they get broken instead of throwing them out and buying new; we buy used things when something really needs to be replaced. We try to be aware of our energy useage to keep it low (which is somewhat helped along by the fact that this old house has a old fuse box, and the fuses blow if we turn on too many things at once!) We use flourescent light bulbs…
I know that some of these things aren’t choices that are available to everyone, so here’s a link to an article at Zen Habits that has many more options and choices: http://blog.blogactionday.com/environment/50-quick-painless-ways-you-can-help-the-environment-today/
In my humble opinion, and the opinion of Union of Concerned Scientists (http://www.ucsusa.org/, one of the biggest choices you can make to have the largest impact on the environment in a positive way is to go meatless. I quote from them: “Meat production can deplete environmental resources more than other food production, so consider a meatless main dish.” Not only would making this choice, even just a few times a week, help the environment, it would make you healthier and save you money, not to mention saving an animal’s life. That’s a lot of bang for a small buck.
If you need help making this choice, or just want to learn more about the food you are actually eating, I highly recommend Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma. And in the coming days I’ll be adding more information about the way we eat here at home, and some recipes, so check out the All About Food page now, and drop by later for recipes and more. Enjoy (and participate if you can) Blog Action Day!