Saturday, October 15, 2011

Solutions

This image gives a whole new meaning to Green Stamps.  When I was a kid, our parents would be given paper green stamps, when buying groceries, that would allow them to get free stuff when they collect a gazillion.  They had to buy food anyway and when they filled about 6 books of stamps they could get some pretty cool free stuff.  Today these green stamps offer another savings and perhaps more important FREE stuff, like using less gives us more down the road.  I got these stamps from my friend Kurt Lieber who is a musician and an ocean activist. Check out his website http://www.oceandefenders.org/.

I've been blogging for three years now and today, finally, I had the chance to add another feature page to my blog.  It's called Solutions.  Each week I'm going to add another idea from the book Do one Green Thing - written by Mindy Pennybacker.  Change happens when each of us make simple adjustments in what we do whether it's TV shows we watch, things that we buy, food and beverages that we consume, or actions such as recycling or deciding not to throw trash on the ground (including cigarette butts).

Change happens when we make the old way of doing thing obsolete.  By bringing bags to the grocery store makes plastic bags obsolete.  Getting involved in groups that are trying to create change is another way to not only facilitate change, but connect with people that share the same values.  Surfrider, for example, is all about making change while having a good time. So be a part of the solution.  Change a simple habit, join a local chapter of Surfrider or an organization that doesn't have a profit gain as the focal point.  Be a part of something that matters - Change will do ya good.

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