Say You Want a Resolution



As the New Year begins, so do the resolutions.  I know, some people don’t believe in resolutions.  My daughter, Samantha does not.  She thinks that making a resolution is just silly and we really don’t need them.  From her perspective, we should just DO better, and not resolve to.  Although I understand and appreciate her somewhat Nike perspective of “Just Do It,” I like to have a starting point.  I like resolutions because they give me that point I can begin from, and measure my work from.  Someone once told said “You cannot manage what you do not measure.”  As someone who gets nerdy about numbers, I like measuring.  So I like resolutions and hope you might resolve with me.

Mine resolution is to save the world.  To do that, I am going to eat more veggies and get my worm farm to start composting.  I know that it doesn’t sound like much, but to quote Ben Franklin “With Little Strokes, Fell Great Oaks.”  The small things we do add up, have weight, change perception and create and effect the changes that save the world. 

Here are a few simple resolutions for your consideration for 2015.

1) Eat more veggies.  This will save water and preserve our planet.  “How?” you might ask.  It’s a two-step process.  Plants make Oxygen.  The more we eat plants, the more demand there will be for veggies.  The more veggies grown, the better our air quality.  Additionally, the more veggies you consume, the lower your “Water” Footprint.  Remember from my blog “Wash your Veggies” we explored how much water it takes to make food.  There is a lot less water in broccoli (65 gallons per pound) than beef (500-5,000 gallons per pound).  Additionally, broccoli does not produce methane like beef does.  Eating veggies is the most super hero thing we can do to save the world.  We will save water and improve our air quality.

2) Unplug your phone charger when not in use.  Things that plug in (all of them, blenders, curling irons, hair dryers, phone chargers), all pull a small amount of power just by being plugged in.  They are little vampires, sucking the energy out of your sockets.

3) If you have to print, print double sided.  It takes 2.6 gallons of water to make a single sheet of paper.  (That is as much water as in two quarter pound hamburgers).  Additionally, for every 88 sheets of paper we save, we save the world from an additional pound of CO2.  Less paper = less CO2 and MORE saved. 

My fingers are crossed that you consider a resolution to save the world.  Even if you feel that what you are choosing is small; you are still choosing to make a difference.  I am always haunted by the Valerie letters in “V for Vendetta”  “An inch, it is small and it is fragile but it is worth having. We must never lose it or give it away.”  I hope that in 2015, you take your inch.

Happy New Year!

Categories: Green Living

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