A Greener 2004: Saving the Planet

Learn about creating a greener 2004 and saving the planet. Includes tips for greener living at home and reducing your utility bills, getting involved in the community and educating yourself about the environment and how you can help.


| December 2003/January 2004



Volunteers help plant a tree along the Los Angeles River during a community tree-planting and clean-up effort in the Glassell Park area of Los Angeles.

Volunteers help plant a tree along the Los Angeles River during a community tree-planting and clean-up effort in the Glassell Park area of Los Angeles.


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Learn about saving the planet by using these helpful tips on green living.

A Greener 2004: Saving the Planet

Go ahead and put "saving the planet" on your list of New Year's resolutions. Sound tough? Then consider this advice from the late renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." So whether you're interested in everyday, earth-friendly actions or starting a global movement, check out the list below for helpful resources and inspiring ideas.

Green Living At Home

Eat organically. Protect your health and the planet by eating organic foods free from pesticides and genetically modified ingredients. The average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles, so buy locally grown products at a farmer's market or food cooperative whenever you can. Search for nearby farmer's markets at www.ams.usda.gov/farmers markets, or look for local and organic food sources at www.localharvest.org. Better yet, start your own garden and experience a taste of self-reliance.

Cut the chemicals. More than 70,000 synthetic cleaning products are produced today, many of which contain harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Opt for environmentally safe cleaning products instead — many are even easy to make at home. Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond (available on MOTHER'S bookshelf at http://www.motherearthnews.com includes tons of recipes for homemade, nontoxic cleaning and personal care products.

In health food stores, look for Seventh Generation, Son 8r Earth, Orange Mate, Earth Friendly and Ecover brands.

Lower emissions. Cut your contributions to air pollution and global warming: Ride your bike or carpool, or find car sharing networks and information to start your own at www.carsharing.net.





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