World Earth Day April 22, 2012

World Earth Day is a day to make you aware of what is happening to the earth.

This is a good idea but why only on this day?

People should think about the environment everyday and not just for a couple of hours on a specific day. If people practiced saving energy and natural recourses and thought about how much water, gas, energy or other things that they use throughout their day we wouldn’t need to be reminded once a year that the earth’s resources are slowly but defiantly dwindling away.

Society seems to have gotten so greedy that they only think about themselves and what they need and not on the next generations to come and will there be anything left for those generations too?

There are so many ways a household can make their mark on the environment but are they willing to and do they maybe want to do without? This I doubt very much and so there you go the problem with the environment.

I myself can see the changes in the world around me that are caused from waste. Look at the oceans with all the plastic floating around in it and this being ingested by fish or they get tangled up in it and die. But as many think -> who cares; out of sight out of mind!

Or why does everyone have to own so many cars and then they all wonder -> why is there a gas shortage and prices are rising. Really now folks get real!

Or do you really need to watch TV 24/7 because the television set consumes a lot of energy and you have to pay for the electricity too. Maybe, ever thought of a TV free day or reading a book that could stimulate the mind as an alternative.

Another one is what ever happened to the good’ol clothes line where you hung your clothes out to dry and the wind and the sun dried them and they smelled good too and all that without the need of an electric dryer. The wonders of nature can be fascinating!!

There are thousands of ways that people can help out and still enjoy life. It is just a matter of starting to change your life style and not always procrastinate and say that I’ll start that tomorrow because you know as well as I do “Tomorrow never comes”

Think about what you can do and maybe you will feel better about yourself by doing your bit for the earth!

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Can I Drive my Car?

With the price of gas/petrol or whatever you like to call it there seems to be a constant increase in its price. Sooner or later I won’t be able to drive my car anymore because I just plain cannot afford it.

You read daily that prices are increasing and that supplies are dwindling and so forth, but no one has come up with a real alternative that could help us.

I was looking at the cost of gas on the internet in various countries and was somewhat surprised at the prices.(note prices are not today’s and have changed since I wrote this.)

UK: £ 5.00 a gallon / Canada: $ 5.15 a gallon / Germany: € 6.36 a gallon

My gosh, I need to be a millionaire to fill the tank up of my car. I need to ride my bicycle more. This is good for the environment and I get exercise at the same time. And there are more positive things to riding a bike, like it helps you lose weight or you get out of the house and see the world from a different angle, and you can do your shopping too.

My advice: plan ahead with grocery shopping, because you have to carry everything and balance it all too! Or else your eggs could break.

The bicycle is a great thing, though many have just forgotten about it and I think now it will be making its comeback in the times when gas prices are rising.

And my car? Well, I will put it in the garage all nice and shiny and on the wall in front of my car hang a screen and there you go. I have my own drive-in movie theater right at my doorstep.

When I feel like going out to the movies in my car all I have to do is make some popcorn load up the DVD player with the movie I/we want to see and sit in my car and enjoy a full screen movie. You can do this too and if your car is large enough you can invite some friends over for a drive-in movie in your garage.

Though, I would recommend the garage drive-in only in the summer months because you can’t have the cars motor running in the garage. Firstly, because it’s dangerous for your health and secondly it would be bad for the environment and expensive for your wallet.

I am getting a bit reminiscent about gas prices here. When I think back all those years to my very first car that my parents gave me for graduating from high school. Now that was a car!!!

A convertible with a couple of holes in the roof for extra ventilation on rainy days and a bit of Irish lace too; that added a special note to the car. Making it one of a kind and ooh, I forgot to add if it rained and the distributor cap got damp then it wouldn’t start at all and then needed a blow dryer to get the moisture out of the distributor cap. A must for all car drivers today…..

That car was great even when it cause my father many a head ache. It was simply cheap to run. I could fill it up for $1.00 and drive all week. I forgot to mention it was some small European thing whereas all my friends had larger models and couldn’t afford the gas. So when they were strapped for cash everyone wanted to have the luxury of my car. Even back then a small car paid off, but you won’t find gas that cheap anymore.

I rode my bicycle everywhere too back then because it was somehow more fun than always riding around in my car.

Try riding your bicycle and see how much fun it can be and get to see the world from a different perspective and save some gas too.

Plastic Plates and Palatable

This is a somewhat of a touchy subject because it is something that is everywhere in a lot of people’s lives.

I think it’s great when people try to do something for the environment or try to save money in their households but what I do not understand is when everyone wants to save money in various areas is why do people use disposable plastics plates to eat off of at home? Is this really something that people have to do?

Has anyone even thought about how much money they invest in such disposable plastic plates and are they really saving money?

I see it like this: an average household with 4 people living in it and they may consume 2 meals a day that require a plate; so that’s 56 plates a week at $15.68 x 52 weeks a year = $815.36.

I do not want to think about how many household there are like this and how much petroleum is used to produce those plates that are used once and then thrown in the garbage. I ask have you really saved anything? And I am sure there are many other items in people’s daily lives that they use only once and disposed of, and is all that plastic really necessary?

Wouldn’t it be better to buy a set of dishes made out of ceramic or similar material? And all you have to do is wash them after you have used them. And at the same time you are doing your bit for the environment.

I personally find it better to eat off of a proper plate instead of a disposable plastic plate and plus a proper plate offers stability and does not use so much of the earth’s natural resources like a disposable plastic plate does. With normal dishes the food tastes better too and is more appealing than those plastic things. There are hundreds of reasons for using a proper plate.

Then there is the possibility that when food or beverages comes in contact with plastic that it isn’t good for your health, but it is still used anyways and no one seems to even think about it. The main thing is convenience and you can throw it away easily. Have people gotten so lazy or have they just plain forgotten what it is like to eat off a real plate? Can anyone answer this question for me?

I am a staunch supporter of recycling and have seen how it is done in some European countries and find it amazing and how good it really works and that the population is really aware of the environment and wants to do their bit for it. Plus, no one would even dream of eating off a disposable plastic plate neither at home nor when their on/at a picnic either. That’s really classy and has some sort of style to it which I find really great!!

More people should try this and would be amazed at how nice it can be to sit at the table together and everyone has their own (real) plate and also no one needs to eat in front of the television either. I think that eating in front of the TV is the worst thing of all and you would be amazed that if people tried to sit together at the table that they may find something to talk about if they practice it a bit and know what is going on in the other person’s life and not always preoccupied with themselves but take an interest in the others around them in their household.

And this also gives you a chance to eat a great meal together, and you can cook-up something together from natural products and not fast-food or pre-made, i.e. TV dinners or the likes; which are a total waste of money.

Real homemade food tastes great on real plates and you can enjoy the results of what you cooked and try so many great recipes that don’t cost the world either.

So try it -> a real home cooked meal served on real plates that make for a great time and maybe a good conversation too.