Dreaming of a green Christmas
Instead of celebrating this Christmas with the standard red and green in mind, try "going green" and have an environmentally friendly holiday.
When making a list and checking it twice, consider giving someone an experience instead of an item.
"That could be a massage, a pedicure, an afternoon of horseback riding, a ticket to a concert or a play. Those are friendlier than something that ends up in the back of the closet in a month or two," Anderson said. "Or you could make a donation to a person's favorite cause in his or her name. Try supporting local businesses and the economy rather than buying something made overseas at a big store. It's the 'reduce, re-use, recycle' mantra."
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#1 Dec 4, 2008
Try supporting the economy by doing what? Not buying!? Give someone a massage and help the economy. BS. Products are not made in "stores" and not always overseas. Its this attitude that drives businesses under.
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#2 Dec 5, 2008
While I agree that the writers got confused about where things are made (stores??) the message, however, is that "green" means don't fill up the landfills with packaging, wrapping and disposable gifts. Less junk, less waste, more green.
Perhaps the writers got sidetracked but I don't find the "green" idea to be objectionable. People who sell massages or horseback rides or tennis lessons or waterpark passes are businesses, too, and more often than not they are SMALL businesses which are really hurting right now.
#3 Dec 29, 2008
Things decompose in landfills, ok? Yes, even packaging (especially cardboard), wrapping, etc. They decompose. Some of it takes hundreds of years, but in hundreds of years there will be a sprawling forest near/on that landfill. Do you know how much space a landfill takes up? 5-20 acres?
The concept of green is a modern fad. Obviously most everyone including me agree in reducing pollution (other than Co2), but this "green" fad, is only a fad.
Your sentence should say "Less junk, less waste, one less hill." because a landfill only appears as a hill. It doesn't kill the things that are on it. Landfills appear as a hill, covered in (what a surprise!)........GRASS! Yes, landfills are covered in grass sometimes. Some landfills are just a giant pit, but some do indeed have grass. Basically, landfills should be thought of as a type of compost producer. You have level 1 compost producers (The types in our backyards that use leftover food, yard waste, plant material, etc.) and then you have compost producer level 2 (For materials that take longer like packaging material.)
This is partially unrelated, but hte concept of Global Warming doesn't have a single fact that backs it up. Obviously if you Google it you will find all sorts of "facts" about it, yes you could pull some quotes from famous people/politicians, but in truth, there is no solid, credible data. Al Gore avoids debates about it, he refers to anyone who "researches" global warming and gets the "facts" on it as "scientists", and just because a news corporation shows a video of a glacier falling apart into the sea, doesn't give any sort of factual proof that Global Warming exists. Also, polar bears swim. That's right, so anything that anyone has heard about how the glaciers are supposedly melting and all the polar bears are drowning, well that person needs to think again and keep in mind how polar bears swim, sometimes for hundreds of miles.
I am not trying to chastize you, Dark_Island, but you gave me something to debate about so I did.
#4 Dec 29, 2008
Also, because I forgot to add this on, about being environmentally friendly, anything you do will not have an effect. Yes if hundreds of millions of people started recycling then that would be great, but if I got out and buy a "green" tree, what good would that do. The only way this could benefit anyone would be if people did it in mass. Liberalism, providing exuses to take your money, and your rights.
#5 Feb 26, 2010
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