Tuesday, April 22, 2008

happy earth day

hug a tree today! or if you live in the desert hug a cactus! or if you live at the beach hug a sand dune? i dont know bear with me folks. i have been researching hybrid vehicles lately not that we are going to be getting a new car anytime soon, but some day i will get a new car and it will be a hybrid or an all electric vehicle. we had an earth day celebration in our county on saturday i had to miss it but melissa joy and megan went. so what can we do to make our earth a better place? recycle? but cool recycled goods - i bought some shirts as presents for babies in my life that were made of recycled cotton and printed with bio degradable ink.
- Drink more water from reusable glassware. It's great for your bank account, your health, and your planet. The average American consumed more than 400 beverage bottles and cans in 2006, leaving behind wasted glass, plastic, steel, and aluminum. That adds up to excessive amounts of fossil fuels and hydropower for mining, processing, refining, shaping, shipping, storing, refrigerating, and disposing of those materials. Of course, changing your drinking habits both at home and at work is applicable to just about every other habit, as well. You've heard it before and you'll hear it again: Reduce, reuse, and recycle.
-Walk, bike, and carpool. In the United States, the car represents one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. However, you don't have to give up your car for a healthier planet, just expand your transportation options. You can significantly reduce your emissions by commuting to work. Try combining trips to minimize emissions, which are greatest at the beginning of a journey before the engine has reached optimum temperature and efficiency. When purchasing your next car, make it a fuel-efficient one. Hybrid cars can get twice the fuel efficiency of the average new car, cut greenhouse gas emissions by half or more, and reduce urban air pollutants. Carpooling saves energy, cuts on additional pollution, and allows you to take a turn as a passenger instead of driving everyday. Car-sharing (not pooling) is available in numerous U.S. cities. Car-sharing enables you to rent a car just when you need it. Each car-share vehicle displaces four to eight privately held cars, requiring less parking area and creating less road congestion. If you live within an hour's bicycle ride to the office (~10 miles), consider biking to work one or more days a week.
- Inflate your car tires. When walking or biking isn't feasible, you can do something to better protect the Earth while driving. Take a step in the right direction by inflating your car tires. Pumping them up can improve your gas mileage by about 3.3 percent -- a savings of about 7 cents per gallon. It's the right thing to do for your wallet and the right thing to do for the Earth.

these are just from one website. there are lots of different websites for keeping our earth clean.
http://www.worldwildlife.org/earthday2008/
http://earth911.org/
these links are for the two cars i am interested in for my next vehicle!
http://www.fordvehicles.com/suvs/EscapeHybrid/?searchid=42644123233138167778855
http://www.toyota.com/prius-hybrid/

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