Friday, January 13, 2006

Happy news for the environment.

I just read an email from mom with a pretty funny story, which served as a subtle reminder to me that it's a good idea to once in a while navigate away from the pissing and moaning, and highlight something that makes you laugh, or makes you feel good.

Seems like a good idea, so I'll try to do that once in a while.

Today's news: "Natural-food grocer Whole Foods Market Inc. said Tuesday it will rely on wind energy for all of its electricity needs, making it the largest corporate user of renewable energy in the United States."

Of course this news is really only warm and fuzzy if you share some of our values. Not being religious, or even particularly spiritual, Gregg and I both think that how you live your life is more important than what you say about it. So things like individual responsibility ... how your actions impact other people, the care of your body, and the stewardship of the planet ... are featured highly in our values.

Sounds preachy, I know. But as soon as we're debt-free (and likely even before then), we'll start putting our money where our mouths are. Green Tags are a great program that a friend mentioned to us quite a while ago. According to the calculator on their website, our activities in the past year account for 15,366 lbs of greenhouse gases. It would cost us just under $20/month to have these activities become 100% climate neutral. A high ideal right now, but something we would both like to work toward.

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