Five Easy Ways You Can Green the Planet From Your Desk

Hey, we all need things to be easy once in a while.

The list of things we could/should do everydayearth-in-computer to turn the tide of global climate change can be intimidating.  Most of them are a big commitment to lifestyle change.  But you can also make changes while lounging at your computer.  Here are some sites that I’m plugged into. I’d love to hear what you have found in the way of  quick and easy sites that seem to do some good.

Join more than a million supporters of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, and become part of the movement    to demand our leaders freeze and reduce carbon dioxide emissions now.  This site also has a carbon calculator, but there is another one that I like better.

2.  Carbon Footprint Calculator
This takes a little homework – like to calculate your household footprint, you need to look up your power bills, but how can you know if you are doing better without a baseline to start from?

3.  The Green Life, operated by the Sierra Club
Sign up for the Green Life newsletter and get a new green tip every day, and you can jump in and comment on any topic that grabs you.  A recent tip on how green is your wine quoted the American Association of wine Economists who have found that transporting wine by sea is less carbon intensive than driving it long distances.  They computed a green line across the U.S. that shows that wine drinkers in eastern part of the U.S. lower their carbon footprint by drinking European wines.  Here in the Driftless, we are well within California country.

4.   Fostering Sustainable Behavior: Community-Based Social Marketing
Here is a handy world of sustainable information at your fingertips, whether you want to know more about agriculture and conservation, energy, transportation, waste and pollution or water issues.  They can supply articles, but better than that, they have many forums that you can plug into.  Find out what other people are doing in your area, ask questions, and get answers.

5.    The Rainforest Site
It doesn’t get any easier than this!  Your daily click on this site funds the purchase of rainforest land by the Nature Conservancy, the Rainforest Conservation Fund, The World Parks Endowment, and Rainforest2Reef.  Sponsors pay for preservation because they have gotten you to open a page that contains advertisement they think you might respond to.  They say that in the nine years since this site was founded, more than 153 million visitors have clicked to save 40,500 acres of habitat.


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