Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Every day is Earth Day - "On Your Left"!

When I was in HS, ecology was scorned and Earth Day was a celebration for the new activist. We were only just being exposed to our impact on Mother Earth. Here's a little something from the "founder". We are still learning how our actions effect future generations. The result is that today its a movement - action, marketing, advertising ... the works. Green is the buzzword and beyond. Who says you can't change the world?

In honor of gently treading upon our rock in space, I favor riding a bike. "On Your Left" is a term of warning when passing another rider or someone walking along the path. No way for me to tell how many readers are local or how many climb onto a saddle. Just in case, here is a link to a survey for cyclists who use the streets in Spokane. We are currently updating the Master Bike Plan for the city. Does your city have a bicycle plan?

An organization based in SF is planning and designing for a Bicycle City in every state. Washington, DC is trying a SmartBike program. It's funded at least in part by a division of Clear Channel. At first glance, this program appears to be a great example of private and public enterprise coming together. Anything to move people from point A to point B with one less car is a giant step.

Ten Ideas for a better today and the 364 days leading up to Earth Day 2009 -

1 - climb on your bike
2 - count how many days in a month you can avoid turning on your car ignition
3 - plant a tree
4 - remember to carry your reusable cloth bag to the market
5 - find biodegradable shampoos and soaps - use them
6 - switch that darn incandescent light bulb
7 - reduce, reuse, and recycle metal, paper and plastic. support organizations who walk the talk.
8 - if you must print something - print on both sides of your printer paper
9 - use tap water - buy a filter if you must - its cheaper, cleaner, and you don't have to toss a bottle
10 - add your own by letting your imagination fly

4 comments:

Beth from Avenue Z said...

Great post. I'm lucky enough to work at home and to live in a highly walkable neighborhood. And I don't own a bike yet, but I've been contemplating one (just need to get over a recent breakup with an avid cyclist... sigh). I am a runner, though, and my PO Box is about 3 miles away. I'm trying to make myself jog there and back, but I don't want to run with a pack. Of course, I could be optimistic that each trip to the box will bring checks that I can deposit immediately into the bank across the street. But that's crazy talk.

Bob Glaza said...

thank you Beth - those darn cyclists! Don't let that keep you off the bike :). Running is out for me...i hate the idea of both my feet off the ground at the same time -

And here's to more "checks" in your mail - nothing wrong with a little crazy!

thanks for stopping by one reader -

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