Since today happens to be World Environment Day, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly, it seemed the perfect occasion to join in this project. (Go to Mach's Grun for all the information.) I drive a Suburban, I cook a lot, I do laundry and wash dishes ... there are many aspects of my normal daily life which cannot be helped, but which are harmful to the environment. Even just sitting here and typing -- trying to stay out of trouble while resting on my tuckus -- is a detriment. But that can be remedied:
"... the atmosphere can be relieved by an average of 5kg (11lb.) carbon dioxide every year by planting one tree. An average blog causes 3.6kg (8lb.) of carbon dioxide emissions. Consequently, a tree neutralises the carbon dioxide emissions of a blog. Since a tree lives for an average of 50 years, carbon dioxide emissions of your blog can be completely neutralised for this time period."
Or, since the proverbial picture paints 1000 words:
The planting is done in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation here in the United States, which is helping to reforest Plumas National Forest in Northern California. It's so easy! It's such a great idea! So, let's do it!!!
I can't afford a new car, and my Suburban -- which can not only carry Jeremy's band equipment for gigs and rehearsals ('cause that stuff won't fit in his Beetle without being put through a trash compactor!), but which can also hold an entire Christmas tree in its cargo area -- is paid off. My condo won't allow me to hang clothes to dry on a line in the backyard (God forbid I'd consider the front lawn!). My dishwasher broke a year ago, so I have to wash dishes by hand ... not sure if that's good or bad -- less electricity vs. lots of running water -- but it is what it is.
It would take 3 buses to cover the 6 miles from my home to work; and even if I owned (or could ride) a bike, I'd be a mighty sweaty mess by the time I got there with no way to get cleaned up once I arrived. I'm not trying to make excuses, I'm just realizing I have little control over my impact upon the environment in some areas of my life. Believe me, there's guilt -- that's inescapable if you're raised Catholic with the sacrament of Confession, and then evolve into a Secular Jew!
But I can grow an organic garden. And I can walk to neighborhood stores rather than driving within a small radius. And I can have a tree planted in honor of Food Floozie, and encourage my fellow bloggers and friends to do their part, as well. This is how easy it is:
- Write a blog post about the initiative
- E-mail the link to your post to CO2firstname.lastname@example.org
- We plant a tree for your blog in Plumas!