Green News For The Weekend Volume 255

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A weekly roundup of important green news stories from around the web…

American use of public transportation reached 10.4 billion trips in 2011, the second highest annual ridership amount since 1957, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This figure represents a 2.3 percent increase over 2010 ridership.

I can’t help but take offense whenever someone tries to paint environmentalists as somehow weak and “unmanly.” I don’t think it helped our case when the hippies all grew their hair long and danced around to pan flutes and bongos. Then again, the hippies also dug Jimi Hendrix and slept in the mud. That’s pretty manly.

The article shows the math of why spending $50 for an LED lightbulb will end up saving you around $75 over the life of the bulb. It doesn’t sound like much, but if you are as Lazy as I am, you like not having to buy and store a bunch of incandescent bulbs and changing them, while saving money. Focus on the Total Cost of Ownership.

On March 31st, the FDA will decide whether or not to continue allowing bisphenol A (BPA) to be used in food packaging. Tell the FDA: No BPA in food packaging!

Three day Earthship Biotecture Seminar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be led by Earthship creator Michael Reynolds and cover a wide range of Earthship topics both pragmatic and philosophical. Attendees achieve credit toward the Earthship Biotecture Academy.

Is it difficult to get your kids to play outdoors instead of being glued to the TV, computer, or video game? You’re not alone. Today’s kids are being born into a tech-centric world, with easy access to television, videos, digital media, video games, and cell phones, and it’s become such a part of their lives that doing something as simple and natural as playing outside might not be an easy option for them.

I first witnessed people stopping at a pipe on the side of the road near my university in New Hampshire. They filled gallon milk bottles and five gallon jugs from the slow trickle of water before driving off in the heavy sleet of a New Hampshire spring. “Are they collecting that water to drink?” I asked Mr. Savvy. “Yeah, it’s a natural spring,” he said. (I myself just learned about and saw these springs on the side of the road in NH last week. Amazing.)

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