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... because our planet matters

In this blog I want to write about what I am learning about the environment, what I discover in the news and what I try to do as my share to save the planet... because our planet matters. But I don't want this to be just another blog about environmental issues. Let's try to put some fun into greening our lives!

July 17, 2009 : Don't take my freedom away from me..

During the last weeks I have read many articles about the environment and about a green life. (I posted links to some of the articles on twitter.com/ecotux, I'd be happy if you'd follow me there and as long as you are not a spammer I'll promise to follow you back too:). And I watched the movie "Home" several times. It's a great movie. It has stunning pictures and it really shows so clearly all the damage that has been and is being done to our planet. If you haven't seen the movie already you should definitively watch it. You can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/homeproject

However while being deeply impressed by the movie and also convinced that it's really high time to do something about the environment I realize that I absolutely don't like other people to tell me exactly what to do or mostly what not to do. And I know I am not alone in this. I really care about my personal/individual freedom and I am getting angry and upset if someone tries to take this cherished good away from me!
And I feel that often there are very understandable reasons on why I (and others) don't want to change our present ways of life.

Take the light bulb for example. I hate the fact that the Canadian government wants to outface the incandescent light bulb by 2012 because I feel unpleasant with the light of fluorescent lights (not to mention their environmental hazard as they contain mercury..) and know that the LED technology unfortunately isn't advanced enough yet. Perhaps it is no problem for someone who never reads a book but I need bright and warm light when I read a book and reading is something that I definitively don't want to give up. And with the long and cold Canadian winters I don't think the "real" saving in energy will be that big as the heat not given from the light source must then be coming from our heatings anyway.
Or take bottled water. Now we live in a place where the taste of our tap water is okay but I have been to too many places where this was not the case. So I fully understand when people don't want to give up their bottles.
Or take public transit. In most articles I read it seems that public transit is as good as going in your own vehicle. But even setting aside the fact that public transit often isn't available or reliable or makes you a lot less flexible "you will love public transport only until you ruined your expensive suit by accidently sitting down on a chewing gum" as a friend put it.

The list could go on.

So being green isn't always so easy as many advocats want to make us believe. And often the benefits of a change in our behaviour aren't so clear either. We always need to ask who is behind this and what interest they have and why. So I think it is totally wrong to just tell people to do all those green things when obviously there are good reasons for not wanting to do it.

Maybe it would be better to first create an environment where people want to take part in protecting our environment because of some positive stimulus and not because of intimidating photos and threats (if we don't stop global warming we will all die- he, finally we will all die anyhow so...) I personally at least am easier to motivate to do something if there is some positive aspect to it. And it must be something better than "you can save money", sorry but there are too many "today 50% off" signs that I come across each day that I have sort of become immune to them.
I think we must be able to come up with positive reasons that a greener living could have on our lives. To put fun in doing the green thing. Any ideas? Would be nice to hear from you!

June 14, 2009 : ... because our planet matters

I have been thinking about writing a blog about the environment for quite a while now. Now we are just back from a great vacation, we have been to Banff, Alberta, a famous place in the Canadian Rockies and to Vancouver. While in the Rockies we could spot a Grizzly Bear walking along the railroad tracks as well as some deer and elks just eating grass near the road. In Vancouver we could greet seals while sitting on the beach. It's so amazing and so great to experience wildlife in a wild habitat. I have had many great holidays where I could see many different places. I love nature. And I definitively want to preserve the diversity and variety that exists.

In life and nature everything belongs together, everyone, every animal has its place, every creature needs the other for survival, it should be a perfect balance.

Unfortunately this fragile balance is broken now and we need to do everything we can to get it back. We as humans have created so many machines, have made so many inventions with materials that nature gave us that it is our responsibility to repair the damage that we have done.

In this blog I want to share with you what I learn and explore about how everything belongs together, what I discover in the news and what ideas exists on what we each on an individual level can do to make an impact.

I love nature and I love our earth, that is my home, my only home. So I will try to do the best I can to change my destructive ways to decrease my carbon footprint and help save the earth because our planet matters.

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