Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 192

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Remember when I mentioned my trusty bucket I keep in the shower to catch water as it warms up? I put that bucket in my shower 36 days ago and have now saved 99 gallons of fresh water that otherwise would have gone straight into the sewer! I take it outside and water the plants with it instead. Even the small changes can make a difference, so keep that in mind when you start to doubt your actions. On to the Reads…

On November 29, 2010, Greenpeace filed a lawsuit against two major chemical companies, their PR firms and several individuals for activities that amount to corporate espionage. Chemical companies Dow Chemical and Sasol, through the PR firms Dezenhall Resources and Ketchum, hired private investigators from the firm Beckett Brown International (BBI) to spy on Greenpeace from 1998 to 2000. I wonder if The Nature Conservancy will finally remove Dow Chemical from their Leadership Council?

Since we’re already hot and heavy into the holiday season, not everyone may be paying as much attention to the impact they are having on the environment as they were before the holidays started. There are chores to do, errands to run, gifts to buy, parties to plan, etc. But please remember,being green isn’t about caring for the environment when it’s convenient. It’s about making daily green and eco-friendly choices.

If you are thinking about installing a solar system to provide hot water for your house, you need to conserve energy before getting a quote and making a purchase. Once you have installed your solar thermal system and are enjoying reduced energy bills and seemingly endless hot water, you can fine tune your energy savings even more.

Buying stuff is out. Doing stuff is in. Everybody loves food and it seems like these days you can’t walk down the street without tripping over a self-identified foodie. No question, as we change the way we think about food, it’s taking on a new importance in our culture. Now it’s time to change the way we think about holiday food gifts.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act stalled in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Opponents of the bill added a requirement that child care workers submit to background checks. It seems a reasonable enough demand – screening child care workers is important to ensure the safety of children, although I thought background checks on child care workers were routine these days -except that this last minute addition has nothing to do with feeding hungry schoolchildren.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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