With July almost over, I'm wondering if I should start to drag my Christmas tree up from the basement soon. OK, OK, I'm exaggerating a little but as fast as time goes by and as slow as I seem to be at getting anything done lately, giving myself a head start would be a good thing.
I'm always thinking about projects that should get donethe living room needs a new coat of paintso does the bathroomgot to go through some of those boxes in the basementman oh man, I've got to clean those windowsand the list goes on! Unfortunately, I get a few basic/necessary chores done and then find myself practicing to become an expert couch potato. I'm getting pretty dang good at it, but I've still got a lot more "work" to do to get it perfect!
Anyway, let's review some easy, but effective, environmental care actions that'll make a positive impact but don't require a lot of straineither on the mind or the body. Remember, I save my energy for couch-potato practice so I avoid any unnecessary activities that might interfere with that. OK, I'll be serious for real now.
*As always, waste reduction, i.e. reducing, reusing, recycling and buying recycled, is a good thing! Here are but a few of the benefits of the recycle part of the equation - it conserves natural resources; it conserves energy as it takes less energy to "new" from "used" and everyone knows conserving energy helps reduce air and water pollution; it helps protect habitat and diversity by reducing the need to chop down, extract, process, refine and transport raw resources, e.g. timber, crude petroleum and mineral ores; it lowers the use of toxic materials needed when using raw resources; and more. Actually, these benefits pretty much apply to the rest of waste reduction equation, too.
*Conserve water!! Reading another article about the drought situation in California just gave me additional inspiration to continue spreading the important message of water conservation. It's very perplexing to me that when there's a major water shortage that some folks when asked to conserve said resource, they don't do it! Anyway, in January, the governor asked the residents of California to voluntarily conserve water, but they didn't. So now, if caught doing the following they could get a $500 fine: *spraying so much water on your lawn or garden that excess water flows onto non-planted areas, walkways, parking lots or neighboring property (drought situation or not I don't get wasting water like that!). *washing your car with a hose that doesn't have an automatic shut-off device (in a drought who cares if the car is dirtyI want water for drinking, bathing, etc.). *spraying water on a driveway, a sidewalk, asphalt, or any other hard surface (againI like water for drinking, bathing, etc.). *using fresh water in a fountain - unless the water circulates. Bet you guys are thinking the same thing I am "You've got to be kiddingfolks aren't paying heed to a common sense request that was made for their own good?" You can figure there are a lot of folks that do pay heed to the conservation request because they know it's the right thing to do but when the "well gets drier" because of the folks who don't, will the wasters be willing to share their rations with the non-wasters?
Keep reducing, reusing, recycling and buying recycledand conserving water! For info or if your club is interested in a presentation (free) regarding recycling/waste reduction and hazardous waste disposal, call the Lyon County Environmental Office at 507-532-8210. Also available is info about disposal of appliances, electronics and tires. www.lyonco.org. Click on environmental in the department menu.