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I really, really, really wish my community was set up more for walkers and bikers. I live 1/4 mile from the library but there's no way I'd try to walk there with my son.
What a Wonderful World...
Nature, like our bodies, has an incredible healing power. It is true that emerging economies tend to concentrate on quick returns, but some countries, like Japan, went trough their industrial revolution and cleaned up their act in just 50 years. We can hope that China and India will do the same thing.
Our efforts do help. Every thread plays a part to the image in the carpet. And every action that you take encourages others to follow suit and encourages the market to provide you with more solutions. Let`s make it happen together! :D
If you *think* you can do something, or that you cannot, either way, *you are right*
I am sooooo w/ you on the major problem of US cities - from the eco/health perspective, anyway. I live in SoCal, and it's appalling how everything is geared toward a car culture. Some places don't even have sidewalks!!! Ridiculous. And when there are sidewalks, you wait 2.5 m for the crosswalk sign to change as 6 lanes of traffic flow freely by. Nothing like encouraging people to drive instead of walk! Wonder why the smog's so bad.... Can you believe that where we live, you are required to have 1 car space in the garage for each bedroom?!? WHAT is THAT all about? We have 1 car (total anomaly in this area) and yet choose to bus/bike/walk everywhere possible.
Eat [real] food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
I consider myself having an average eco-consciousness and basically continue doing things I grew up with to safe on energy etcetera. Seems the "green wave" that hit Northern Europe in the 1980s now finally made it over here.... If I could change one thing in the US, it would be planning cities bike and walk friendly which would also promote a better sense of community and weight loss! So how do I live and what do I do to promote sustainability?
--sharing an economy car between me and my husband
--biking or taking the bus to work as much as possible
--only using air conditioning when we are at home and actually need it
--recycling paper, glass, plastic bottles etcetera
--taking a basket and reusable bags with me for grocery shopping
--buying veggies and other things at a farmer's market
I don't know if I will make a difference in the world by doing these simple things, and am indeed rather pessimistic regarding our future given the larger political prospects in economies such as China..... Hope you all prove me wrong! I'm also hoping for a major science break through to help us living convenient but sustainable!
Edited by: KKATZE at: 8/22/2008 (22:03)