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Day 206:Earth Day Sucks: Let’s Make it Matter!


Take the “Good” Earth Day Pledge

The title of this post was the title of an email I got in my inbox today. Obviously it caught my eye as I hope it has caught yours. It made me instantly want to make a pledge to our planet. A promise that I will not only keep for one day but every day of the year.

Day 206: Give 206

Here is the letter that came into my inbox today from Good. If you haven’t heard of Good or don’t follow them take a closer look. Here is what they do taken directly from their site:

“GOOD is the integrated media platform for people who want to live well and do good.”

I have “The Daily Good” sent to me directly and it’s always interesting, worthwhile information to read everyday. Their tagline is simple “For people that give a damn.” That would be me. What about you? Do you give a damn?

Read the letter that was sent to me and you decide if you will make a pledge to the planet. You decide if your actions will matter.

“Last week, we not only opined on how ineffectual Earth Day is, but also vowed to do something about it.

Today, we’re asking you to make Earth Day pledges, in which you promise to take some action (any action) that demonstrates your commitment to improving your relationship with the environment. Here’s one from our managing editor, Patrick James:

“Starting today, I pledge to reduce the time I spend driving alone in the car. At least once a week for the rest of the year, I’ll walk, bike, carpool, or take the bus to work.”

Look what he just did. He transformed Earth Day into a springboard for improving his relationship with the environment for the entire year. Is it a big deal? No. Is it grounds for acting smug? Hell, no. (On that note, a truly great Earth Day pledge might be to avoid environmental sanctimony at all costs.) But if he makes good on his commitment, his year will be better for it. And he’ll probably enjoy those commutes more, too.

Now it’s your turn: What’s your Earth Day pledge?”

My pledge is as follows: I will recycle everything I can even if I have to bring it home. I will plant an edible garden. I will use energy efficient light bulbs, rechargeable batteries, eat organic produce and buy organic meat. I will turn off the water while brushing my teeth and reuse the rainwater to water my garden. I pledge to compost. I pledge to reuse my plastic bags, bring my own cloth bags for shopping and use biodegradable bags for my dog poop. I pledge to walk more and use my car less and I pledge to pick up garbage at least once a day. I pledge to teach my children to be kind, to be grateful and do everything they can to support the planet.These are things I know I can do and things I can pass onto to my son.

Send in your pledge to Good , tweet it, Facebook your commitment or send it me. Just make the pledge and save the planet. Spread the word and commit to what you can do not what you can’t.

Time Commitment: A life time

Cost: ?? How can you put a value on giving back to our planet everyday

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