Top 10 Ways to Reduce Carbon Footprint

10.  Don’t use fertlizer on your plants, or your field.  It stinks and releases CO2.

9.  Feed cows less so they don’t crap as much.  For that matter stop eating beef. The fewer the cows the less the crap and the less crap the less methane which stinks too and is a known greenhouse gas.

8.  Stop deforestation.  Sorry Swamp Logger lovers, I’m going to have to ask you to boycott the show.  Oh, if you are by chance cutting down trees and stuff, stop it.  Plant a tree, but don’t use fertilizer.

7.  Stop flying.  Aviation fuel is expensive and responsible for a ton of CO2, that greenhouse gas that is warming the planet. I know, a major inconvenience, better to take the train or bus, or not travel at all.  If you need to have a business meeting, do a conference call – it’s cheaper and cleaner.

6.  Stop burning fossil fuels – no coal, oil, or gas.  How are you to stay warm at home?  Try green solutions like solar, blankets and sweaters.  Snuggle up with your honey.  Or keep the cat or dog at your side at night.

5.  Stop driving.  Walk when you can, or use mass transit.  Don’t like riding the bus or subway?  Just think of all the savings on car payments, insurance and gasoline.  If you must drive, buy a fuel efficient car – something that gets you close to 40 mpg.   I drive a Honda Fit, but very often take mass transit to work.

4.  Recycle everything.  This reduces the stuff that goes to landfills which release tons of CO2.  Save a tree or two in the process.

3.  Use CFLs instead of standard light bulbs.  They are much more energy efficient.  Beware though; they do contain traces of mercury. Don’t put them in the normal recycling bins. When spent, take them back to the retailer who will discard them in accordance to federal regulations.

2.  Become a vegetarian.  Ok, I don’t know if this reduces your carbon footprint, but it seems like the green thing to do and may keep you on the planet longer.

1.  Buy smaller shoes, or don’t wear them at all.  If you must wear shoes that fit, hop on one foot, or use a pogo stick, crutches even.

“Give a Little Bit” in 2010

I resolve the following in 2010:

To blog a little bit more, just a little bit.  I once had a cat named Little Bit, a bit psychotic was Little Bit – frightened of everyone, of anything that moved, especially of Oliver, our other cat.  I averaged 7.3 posts a month in 2009.  I’ll shoot for 8 a month in 2010.

By the way, speaking of resolutions, Resolved is an excellent documentary on high school debate, particularly for anyone who has ever been involved with organized debate at some level.

To reduce my carbon footprint.  Unfortunately, I’ve gained a little bit of weight.  I once had a cat named Little Bit…wait, I already said that.  “Give A Little Bit” is one of those great catchy Supertramp tunes of the late 70’s. I definitely need to exercise more – so more walks in the Arboretum, less junk food…good bye ice-cream until the summer.  No more cheese doodles, cheese dip, blue cheese. Oh the madness of the proposal.

I’ll try to conduct a paperless life, that is a life with less paper,  but not totally free of paper.  Paper or plastic.  Paper…actually, neither, but that’d put the bag boys and girls out of work.  I once tried to unionize a group of baggers…tried.  We have some reusable bags that I’ll try to reuse more.  We (meaning me and the family) need to stop buying bottled water.  I have a BPA free bottle and a filtered tap at home, but we buy Poland Spring water and cases of  Crystal Geyser…Natural Alpine Spring Water from New Hampshire.  The label says don’t refill.  I wonder if this is a subtle hint to the dangers of  plastic.  Speaking of dangers, I don’t drive much.  I take a hybrid bus near my house and walk to work from the bus station everyday and I will continue to do this.

Recycle.  We do extensively at home.  I need to figure out a way to recycle more at work.  My colleagues are committed to it, so it’s just a matter of putting a collective plan into action.   One thing I can do is stop printing so much.  I print e-mails too often out of laziness, like when I need an address, or meeting time or phone number.   I should just write these things down instead.

I buy a lot of books, but could easily find those books in the library.  The thought of community book sharing via the public library system is appealing.  Rather than buy books, I could look for a book swap situation.  And while I have found it difficult to read for long stretches of time on-line, I do get all my news electronically; I no longer have a paper newspaper subscription.  And I will try to read more novels and poems electronically on Project Gutenberg.  But I’m not ready for a Kindle yet…not just yet.  And  I’m not ready to completely give up on paper books, just as I have not been able to give up my albums and CDs just yet.   Digital, paper or plastic?  This is the question for 2010.