I really feel that over the past year, especially, Green or sustainable living has become much more mainstream. I can't help but be optimistic that this trend will continue, and become even more so. I love how nearly every day in the newspaper, there is some article or op-ed about environmental issues.
This morning, there was a list of some green websites, so I thought I'd share:
- Your Guide to Green - operated from Arizona!
- Home Depot's Eco Options
- We Can Solve It - eco-political site commissioned by Al Gore
Our latest green change is to be more careful about phantom power draws. We now unplug our electrical adapters when they're not in use (charging phones, batteries, the Nintendo DS, etc.), and we turn off the power strip for the entertainment system (TV, Xbox, Wii, stereo, etc) unless we're using it. This was Chris' idea, and I was happy to go along! We haven't included the computers with this, because we use the wi-fi quite a bit - but I think we could turn off the power strips when we're not home.
A very rambling post, so I apologize. But I hope you'll take a moment on this Earth Day to do 2 things:
- Try to make 1 permanent green change to your lifestyle - it doesn't need to be big, every little bit helps.
- Take pleasure in the natural beauty that surrounds us - no matter where you live, there is something beautiful - a tree, a flower, a mountain, a cactus, a blade of grass, even a pigeon. Whatever you can appreciate, do so.