As Earth Day draws near, our minds turn to ways we can become greener, to reduce the pollution, carbons, and toxins that are destroying our planet, for future generations. Although I am sometimes guilty of driving when I could walk or ride public transit, not always thoroughly sorting my recycling, and enjoying long showers, this time of year makes me mindful of my carbon footprint and if not for myself, but for my beautiful nieces and nephews and the children of my friends.
- Support green companies. Today's lean economic times emphasize the need for selectivity for where our hard-earned dollars go. Forbes just released its ranking of America's Greenest Companies. Even better, shop and spend locally, cutting down costs of delivery and transportation.
- Reduce or eliminate meat intake. Many of my friends do "Meatless Mondays." According to the EPA, cutting down out one meat meal per week would mean a carbon dioxide savings equivalent to taking more than half a million cars