Anyone have any 'going green' tips?

or anything i can do to help out the environment

Answer:
The best we can do as individuals is be more responsible ,in our own neck of the woods
Organise well publicized clean up parties ,talk on the radio
Have citizan meetings
Get the shools involved to plant trees and listen to environmental awareness talks,

If you do any cleaning up leave signs behind saying who cleaned,why and ask people not to start dumping rubbish again ,leave a hole or bins ,in case people come with trash ,

POSITIVE ACTIONS)
Classify trash take out all the organic waste and make compost with it ,the worst you can do is throw it with the trash
70% of contamination is due to organic waste that is mixed in with the garbage .
And it is just as bad in the sewer where it helps to breed rats and in the landfill it poisons the ground

And it is the easiest to take care of
o first of all we have to clasify trash at least keep the organic to one side ,like in a plasic bin with a lid
If you got a few meters of ground ,you only need 1 or 2 square meters in a shallow hole ,in the shade ,that you can wet now and again ,where you dump everything that is organic ,from toilet paper,bones vegetable cuttings ,eggshells,,dead bodies ,excrement ,and cover regularly with leaves to keep humid and to hide any smell
the worms will come and decompose the wastes truning it into beautifull black soil for the garden of flower pots .
If you are in a apartment ,if you have a balcony get a big plastic bin drill some holes in the side and lid ,
Add a few buckets of sand now and again to put over the trash ,you should realt stir or move the stuff at times to airate it and ensure that the decomposition is overall ,keep moist
This rubbish does not get big very fast and the thing works for a long time with out getting full
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these are Al gores sites
http://events.stepitup2007.org/...
http://www.stepitup2007.org/

http://events.stepitup2007.org/...

If you want to help the planet ,plant a tree every week ,if everyone on the planet did we we would be able to slowdown the destructive processes
Reduce carbon emisions,and they are already working on that by alternative forms of energy and regulations on carbon producing materials,aerosol cans,burning rubbish,industrial chimneys,powerplants etc.
Waterharvesting projects ,such as millions of small dams.to redirect over ground waterflows from the rains into the ground to supply subteranian water supplies.
The protection of existing forrests.
Stop building more highways,urban planning to include vegetation stop building cities encourage people to return to the land to conduct their business from there which now has become possible thanks to the internet.
Education to motivate people to auto sufficiency by building more home food gardens.
Education on environmental awareness
education on family planning to curb over´population
Agricultural education and improvements to follow the principals or sustainability and soil management.
More environmental or land ,design to prevent bush fires,such as--fire breaks
More dams.regulations and control for public behaviour
Alternative effeciant public transport to discourage the use of the internal conbustion engine

101 Ways To Live More Ecologically,may be you find something that applies to you


1. Avoid disposable in favor of reusable
items.
2. Avoid drying rags in a clothes dryer.
3. Avoid power appliances when handpower works.
4. Avoid highly processed foods.
5. Avoid using styrofoam—it can't be recycled.
6. Avoid watering driveways and sidewalks.
7. Be responsible and creative with leftover foods.
8. Buy in bulk goods to reduce wasted packaging.
9. Buy energy efficient electric appliances.
10. Buy foods without additives.
11. Buy foods without preservatives.
12. Buy food and goods from sources you trust
13. Buy large quantities to reduce shopping trips.
14. Buy living Christmas trees.
15. Buy locally grown food and produce.
16. Buy organic, pesticide-free foods.
17. Compost your food scraps.
18. Discover and protect watersheds in your area,
19. Don't burn trash or other smoky materials.
20. Drain cooking grease onto paper bags, not paper towels.
21. Drive a fuel-efficient car.
22. Drive less: walk, bicycle, carpooland use public transportation.

23. Eat foods low on the food chain; avoid meat.
24. Eat more natural, nutritious foods.
25. Educate elected representatives on ecology.
26. Exercise regularly.
27. Explore and learn about your bioregion.
28. Grow your own food, even a small amount.
29. Hang dry some or all of your clothes.
30. Heat your home less and wear warmer clothes.
31. Heat your home more with renewable energies.
32. Hold a potluck dinner to discuss local ecology.
33. If you use a dishwasher, turn off the drying cycle.
34. Install a water-conserving device in your toilets.
35. Install a water-conserving showerhead.
36. Insulate your home to maximum efficiency.
37. Invest for social responsibility as well as profit.
38. Invest in solar power, where practical.
39. Invest in well-made, long-lived clothing.
40. Keep hazardous chemicals in safe containers.
41. Keep appliance motors well adjusted for efficiency.
42. Mend and repair rather than discard and replace.
43. Oppose meddling in ecological balance.
44. Oppose private development of special areas.
45. Oppose roadside use of defoliants.
46. Organize or join a neighborhood toy exchange.

47. Pick up litter along streets and highways.
48. Plant native trees and shrubs around your home.
49. Plant trees throughout your community.
50. Plant your living Christmas tree.
51. Practice preventive health care.
52. Practice responsible family planning.
53. Prepare only as much food as will be eaten.
54. Protect your favorite distinctive natural areas.
55. Purchase goods in reusable/recyclable containers.
56. Put a catalytic converter on your wood stove.
57. Put toxic substances out of reach of children.
58. Recycle aluminum.
59. Recycle glass.
60. Recycle newspaper.
61. Recycle old clothes.
62. Recycle plastic.
63. Recycle used motor oil.
64. Recycle your unneeded items.
65. Re-use paper bags.
66. Re-use plastic bags for storage and waste.
67. Save up for full loads in clothes washers.
68. Save up for full loads in dishwasher.
69. Shop by phone, then go pick up your purchases.
70. Speak out about your values in community groups.
71. Support efficient energy sources in your bioregion.
72. Support elected representatives on ecological issues.
73. Support energy conservation in your bioregion.

74. Support global ecological improvement efforts.
75. Support local credit unions.
76. Support local merchants before large chains.
77. Support neighborhood food cooperatives.
78. Support proper waste water and sewage treatment.
79. Support the cultural diversity in your bioregion.
80. Support the plants and animals in your community.
81. Take shorter showers.
82. Teach your children ecological wisdom.
83. Turn down the thermostat on your water heater.
84. Turn off the lights when not needed.
85. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
86. Use biodegradable soaps and detergents.
87. Use cloth diapers.
88. Use cloth table napkins.
89. Use less tapwater whenever possible.
90. Use non-toxic pest control.
91. Use only medications you trust/understand.
92. Use rags or towels instead of paper.
93. Use rechargeable batteries.
94. Use the second side of paper for scratch paper.
95. Use water from cooking vegetables to make soup.
96. Volunteer for work in a community garden.
97. Volunteer to maintain local parks and wilderness.
98. Wash clothes in cold water.
99. Wash dishes in still, not running water.
100. Weather-seal your home.
101. Work to unlearn poor ecological habits
"Going Green" can be overwhelming. There are SO many aspects of your life that need tweeking if you want to be fully "green." I say, starting off slow is the best way. If you ease into it, one small step at a time, you won't feel so overwhelmed.

Maybe start by just recycling. Don't throw anything out that could be recycled or reused. Find new uses for old things, etc. From there, move on to to bigger things. Also, search out groups in your area that focus on cleaning up the environment. You will meet new friends and gain knowledge that you otherwise wouldn't be getting.

Good luck, and don't get too overwhelmed!
There is a book with lots of tips. It is called "The Green Book." I'd start with that. It is pretty cheap.
shut off lights, walk , ride your bike, carpool, shut off computers, radios, tv's, change to good light bulbs, look on the net, there are lots of ideas
Start with baby-steps. Like another person said, don't get overwhelmed. I'm going through the same process. Here's what I've done:

1- Drive less
2- Plant a garden & grow your own food
3- Support your local farmer's market & buy local
4- Start using natural, homemade cleaners in the house instead of chemicals. DIY recipes are easy.
5- Get rid of the no-stick and aluminum pans. Go with stainless steel and cast iron. (bonus: research Dow's teflon and try to tell me its a good thing)
6- No chemical lawn fertilizer- use completely organic fert.
7- Bamboo floor instead of replacing carpet (carpet has a bunch of chemicals in it, not good for the environment when its made). Plus carpet traps a ton of allergens and can harbor mold.
8- Air inside is often more contaminated than outside air. Crack a window and let the fresh air and sunshine in (YMMV)
9- Recycle everything when possible. Not just your typical recycling- I'm talking about throw away less by re-purposing items.
10- Buy in bulk for $$ savings and less packaging. Go Costco!
11- Get around 10 - 20 plants in a room to help cleanse / purify the air. There's about 50 houseplants that cleanse air better than others. Google is your friend (make sure they aren't poisonous to your pets first).
12- Buy canvas bags and use'em when grocery shopping. Lets get rid of the urban tumble weed (aka- the t-shirt style plastic bag).
13- Harvest rain water for your plants.
14- Upgrade to green power (wind, solar) if possible
15- Buy organic.
16- Swap out the incandescent light bulbs w/ Compact Florescent bulbs.

This list isn't as extensive as the others, but these are things I'm personally doing and trying. Good luck and stick to it. The smaller footprint we leave on the earth, the better shape it'll be in for our future generations. ~Slacker

PS- Listen to Bruce Deuley's 'Organic Matters' on KTSA.com on Saturdays from 5 PM to 7 PM CST for even more tips.
One of the easiest things to do is replace all of your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
Easy stuff...
1) replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
2) lower the temperature on your hot water heater to 120 degrees.
3) recycle everything you can.
4) bring your own re-usable bags to the grocery store.
Hello
I could suggest all the thing that have been already said, but I will suggest some of the things I do and use to make an impact in our life of Going Green.
http://heartsavings.com
This has really made a difference in many ways & for more & more people every day.
I really want to see our planet get better not worse.
But those choices are for others to make & to chose what they feel is best.
I do this & more myself.
Wishing all a happier GREENER LIFE
Awesome question!
Change some of the common habits you do everyday. Don't throw away a recyclable item. Recycle it.
Walk or bike to a destination when time allows.(instead of using a car)
Find a plant you like and care for it.
Conserve your water use.
I think education is such a wonderful thing in any endeavor. Keep learning about ways to change and help.
go to the store and get a 6 pack of compact florecent 60watt bulbs that only use 13watts. replace the 6 to 12 most used lights in your home with these. i'v used them for 2 years and have saved several hundred dollors in energy bills in my rental propertys. but i replaced EVERY LIGHT in the housed which was 30- 75 bulbs.

look at this . say your home has 20 lights the average person uses 75 watt bulbs so that 75x20=1,500 if you switch to compact florecents a 60 watt bulb only uses 13 watts so that 20x13=260watts used.thats less than 1/4 the energy you used before plus you save an LOT of money over a years time on energy bills.plus they last 5 times longer

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