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Living Green Tip ~ A Greener America June 10, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Nature, People, Sustainable Living.
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Goofy-Riding-A-BikeIf we want a Greener America in the future, we should take time to celebrate and applaud the ideas and actions of Green Americans ~ the innovators, early adopters, and educators whose green ideas and innovations paved the way for a Greener future for America.

But before you do that . . . take a good look in the mirror.

That’s right.  Every time you took an action for a greener future or passed along information to family and friends, you participated in the gradual shift of ideas and values that led us to where we are today ~ a time when more and more Americans are asking companies, businesses, and politicians to invest in a greener economy.

Let’s look at a few innovations and ideology shifts that brought us to this moment in time:

* Without solar energy’s early adopters, there wouldn’t be a solar industry ready for a government stimulus.

* Without commuters opting for mass transit over gas guzzlers, stimulating the light-rail industry wouldn’t make sense.

* Without people taking steps to make their homes more energy efficient, businesses would not realized that weatherizing homes and businesses is a win-win-win for jobs, energy security, and the environment.

Today, we have a lot to be proud of, but we still have a ways to go if we want a  just and sustainable future for America and the rest of the world.

Some steps to consider:

* Weatherize your home:  Energy-efficient improvements and upgrades are always the first step toward greener energy use.  Cut your energy bill in half with Green America’s “Efficiency First” magazine.

* Invest in solar and other renewables:  Dirty and dangerous forms of energy like coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power have received preferential treatment from the government for years.  Now, solar and wind are able to compete on a slightly more level playing field.  The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that the federal stimulus package will create 67,000 jobs in the solar industry this year.   Read Green America’s articles on going solar at home.

* Support “smart grid” infrastructure: We need to modernize our electric grid.  “Smart grid” infrastructure allows customers to put energy on the grid as well as take it off, improves long-distance transmission capacity, and enables a massive deployment of solar, efficiency and plug-ins.  Read Green America’s Real Green article, “7 Solutions from the Green Economy.”

 * Green your transportation:  Use mass transit (buses and trains) where available.  Support efforts to expand public transportation.  Walk or bike when possible.  Car pool with others.  Combine errands to run at once.

*Consider fuel economy:  When shopping for your next car, consider fuel economy before signing on the dotted line.   Greener technologies, like pure electrics and plug-in hybrids, will get you (and US!) where we want to go faster, cheaper, and cleaner.  Cut your fuel costs using Green America’s comparative automobile chart.

* Oppose federal funding for dirty energy, including nuclear power:  Nuclear power is unsafe, risky, and unnecessary.  Read Green America’s 10 Strikes against nuclear power.

Let’s all become Green Americans by joining the renewable energy revolution.

Join us at Hands Across The Sands.

The future is at hand.

Our time is now.

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1. cindy - June 10, 2010

LOL, ironically I am reading this while listening to people on the radio, moaning about Joe Biden’s cavalcade on the highway; he’s caused a major traffic jam and everyone’s going to be late getting home 😉

nrhatch - June 10, 2010

Joe Biden needs to stop causing traffic jams over there and get back here to help out in the Gulf Coast. : )

2. Tammy McLeod - June 11, 2010

Nice list Nancy. I think the more people like you and me can do to make things actionable for others, the better.

nrhatch - June 11, 2010

I agree. When we are passionate about issues, and find resources and informations that others can use, blogging is a wonderful way of spreading the word.

Many of my posts involve passing along links to information I’ve found that I think others would benefit from reading.

And my stats show that people actually use the links, so I’m going to keep digging them out and posting them for others to use.


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