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Forum Post: The 99% can make a difference in improving the Environment.

Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 23, 2013, 6 p.m. EST by inclusionman (7064)
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January 04, 2013 15 Resolutions You Can Cross Off Your List Today

New Year 2013The New Year is here, and what better way to celebrate than by doing some good! Whether you made resolutions or not, the start of a new year is a clean slate. You may not know what the next 12 months have in store, but you can guarantee that you jump-started 2013 on a positive note by accomplishing any (or all!) of the following eco-actions.

  1. Keep the TV off. It's the first week of the New Year, do you really want to waste it sitting in front of the television? We thought not. You could get so much done today if you spend less time watching reruns — and you could cut down electricity usage too.

  2. Make dinner tonight. Why waste the gas and money to go out for dinner, when you can make a nice, hot meal right at home? Go with local, organic ingredients to step it up a notch. Not only will you be saving money, and help out the local economy, you'll have leftovers for later.

  3. Take a shorter shower. In general, it'd be good to cut back on excess water usage. You can install low-flow showerheads and fix leaky faucets for other inexpensive and easy conservation moves, but if you shave a minute or two off of your shower today that's a step in the right direction. Do that for a whole month and you could save 150 gallons of water and be one step closer to being a Water Sentinel.

  4. Clean out your closet. It's time to clean out all those clothes you never wear and put them to good use. Donate them to your local Salvation Army or upcycle them into something new. You'll feel better for having cleared out some of the clutter, believe us.

  5. Drop that paper towel. Sure it's easy to just grab that roll of paper towels when there's a spill or you need a napkin, but a regular kitchen towel does the same trick and reduces waste. It's a hard habit to break, we know, but worth it! You could also go with Bambooee towels to help kick that regular roll of disposable towels out of the kitchen.

  6. Cut back on driving. We know, it's so convenient to just jump in the car, but if you're going down the street to the store, why not walk? Not only will you get in some exercise (fulfilling another resolution perhaps?), but you'll reduce pollution. If the trip is longer than down the street, use a Sierra Club bike, carpool, or take public transit to lower your carbon footprint.

  7. Sponsor a wild place. Not only will you feel good for having protected America's wildlands and wildlife, you'll get to choose which area you support. The sponsorship will help restore and preserve the region of your choice, and maybe inspire you to go on an outing later in the year.

  8. Recycle, recycle, recycle. Did you do some celebrating for the New Year? Well then that must mean you have some bottles or cans leftover. Don't just trash them, collect them in an old trash bin and save them to be recycled instead. It's a simple step, but highly effective.

  9. Turn down your thermostats. This will help lower your energy usage, and your bills. And yes, that was plural. We're not just talking about your heater and AC units, think about your refrigerator settings as well.

  10. Protect clean air. A fresh, new year requires fresh air. You can help ensure by educating yourself and pledging to take a stand against toxins caused by coal mining. Visit the Beyond Coal website and sign the petition, donate funds, or volunteer time to fight for clean air throughout the year.

  11. Make a compost bin. In general, it's best to cut down on food waste when you can. If you have a yard, look into setting up your own composting. If you're living in a smaller space, there are a couple different options to keeping your waste to a minimum. Try out some of these simple compost ideas.

  12. Invest in rechargeable batteries. It may sound like an odd resolution, but think about the number of times you replaced batteries last year. We go through them quicker than we'd like to think, and much of the time they don't get disposed of properly.

  13. Switch to reusable bags. New year, new mottos! And we say that plastic is out and reusable is in. One of the easiest ways to help reduce plastic waste is to ditch plastic bags when shopping. You can purchase reusable bags or make your own. Either way, make a mental note to always keep one handy, either in your purse, briefcase, or glove compartment.

  14. Donate blood. With all the tragedy being reported on a daily basis, it's hard to know what you can do to help. Donating blood is one of the best ways to help out. The Red Cross can help you find your nearest location and you can set up your appointment today.

  15. Clean up your neighborhood. For today, start by taking a walk around the neighborhood and seeing how much trash you wind up with after a couple blocks. You'll be surprised by what you find. It might inspire you to do more, whether you form your own clean up crew or join an outing near you.

--Jess Krager is an editorial intern at Sierra and freelance editor. She graduated from CSU, Chico in 2009 with a certificate in literary editing and publishing. When she is not editing, she likes to go on random adventures or curl up with a good book.



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[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22871) 5 years ago

Also, if you have kids of your own, encourage them to do something meaningful with their life, like attend one of these schools:


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Yes. Great idea. (I'll be happy ifI get my daughter through college. (2 years down)

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

From Greenpeace:

Just a few hours ago, Shell announced that it is giving up on its plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic in 2013.

That means no drilIing in the pristine waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas this year. It’s amazing news. Not just for the Arctic, but for the environment. And your support made it possible.

I’m so inspired right now. The fight isn’t over though. We’ll be working in the days, weeks and months ahead to make sure that the good news doesn’t stop here by urging President Obama to make the Arctic off limits to industrial exploitation, forever.

But for the moment it’s all about enjoying what we’ve accomplished together. Thank you so much for all the work you have done to protect the Arctic.


Philip Radford Greenpeace Executive Director

Greenpeace 702 H Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001 | 1-800-722-6995

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

We must all do something, doing so WILL be enough.


WE can make a difference.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

All good activities, but what about rights and freedoms? The 99% need direction for unity that can preserve our social contract against those that would usurp it and enslave us further.

Surely it must be easy to see now that those against it are unaccountable and refuse to reason.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Easy ways to make a difference.


Take direct action in your own life and be a part of the solution.

[-] 2 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Why not Earth week, month, year? Realistically if we are going to be 5b people, it has got to be.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Agreed. You can make it earth day everyday with your actions and efforts to pursued others to follow suit.

Good luck, you have all my confidence.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Our unity is everything when it comes to actually finding sustainability. Without robust free speech, and WITH 5b people, it won't happen.

The global nwo mis-managers will run it over the edge.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Bastard NWO managers!!

Gotta replace them with real progressives who support the change that occupy advocates to improve the lives of the 99%.

[-] 0 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

If the people lead, the leaders will follow. When we have free speech, we can form opinion which the leaders can know, then use their gifts to help us pursue.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Sounds like a plan. Good to hear it's catchin on.

Any numbers available on that growth.?

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

We see signs that the info is sinking in as the only functional alternative defined by law. The signs have increased greatly as partisan politics fails us over and over.

Lots of people know of ART5, but misleading created a strange fear. Americans that fear their own law(?). So they are getting over that as they learn to fear partisan politics more. I do see increasing signs that disgust with the political box we are trapped in does inspire re examining some of the things our dysfunctional society set aside in confusion.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Aaaaah so clearly you are against partisan politics! Very good, but you aren't against our free speech right to pressure ALL pols for change that will benefit the 99%. Right?

And what "signs that info is sinking in" exactly have you seen?

[-] 0 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Pressure pols, yes, but at least cite the violations of law they ignore.

Currently people are in the mode of getting on the same page. Those invested in the current system have realized that it has not, does not, and will not work. They are realizing the personal task of, 1)- understanding the law, the intent of the constitution and that it isTOTALLY worth trashing petty differences and focusing on what we share. Our needs.

They show this in different ways. Some simply acknowledge that their fear of ART5 is unreasonable. Others finally realize that our current system is NOT constitutional, and is working to usurp it. 2) People are actually discussing constitutional intent.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

"totally worth trashing petty differences"? What does that mean?

What differences do you wanna trash?

[-] 0 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

The list of corporate inspired differences as well as those with a political basis would be very long. Add to that social divisions which have been cultivated by media putting spin on news, News about occupy for example.

I know people that hate occupy because of what media reports in its prejudice role playing.

Those kinds of differences. Very petty. The nwo logically loves it when we are absorbed with that stuff.

On the other hand, when citizens discuss constitutional intent, the elite become very concerned and spend more money deceiving people.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

So your 1st goal is to get people to give up on partisan politics, & to "trash any differences" regarding the issues ofthe day. (climate change, abortion, nukes, etc?

[-] 0 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

1st=ART5, because partisan politics do not work.

Let us not confuse priorities or how they are stated, that fouls cognition.

Because ART5 is the goal, and it depends on constitutional intent. Accordingly, ending the abridging of free speech is vital.

At that point, the people TRASH their own differences with understanding.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Sounds cool.

Good luck, keep us updated. Is there a website set up yet? Any kind of target schedule?

[-] -1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Nothing formal but the way people are giving up on partisan politics, it could be sooner rather than later.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

LOL, So the "full info" on abortion is related to nuclear weapons because they can potentially take more lives?

And climate change "full info" is related to solutions.

Whatever you say man. You wanna take a position on any of the issues you brought up.?

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Why laugh at death our society creates?

Explain yourself.

[-] -1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Yes, "full info" on abortion is between the people, with their laws and support for weapons of mass destruction.

And solution for environmental protection requires everyone.

Free speech is needed.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

What is the "full information" on climate change, abortion?

[-] -2 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Full info w/climate change is more about how to respond, because no matter what the info, we need to stop dumping carbon into the atmosphere. With free speech we can define the best response.

With abortion the issue of nuclear weapons is the balancing info. To let the abortion issue divide while nukes proliferate is crazy, and zealot pro lifers know it. However, without free speech the public cannot resolve the matter to a point where the zealots drop the difference and protect the most life they can, with all those that think a right to choose belongs to a woman.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

You think one side, (or both) who disagree on these issues are doing so against their own interests? as a result of 'lack of free speech'.?

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Yes, issues are kept alive because full information; for either perspective, is not present. Other info, totally absent, would over ride the confused effort of missing complete information rendering it nearly irrelevant in realistic light. In fact, some people may properly feel shame at being so completely distracted that had not a hint of the over riding facts.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

So you wanna "trash" the discussions of global warming, Gay rights, Abortion, & nuclear issues?

Why? How can we resolve these issues if we don't debate.

Sounds like you want to fight the abridging of speech after you abridge free speech on these important issues.

[-] 0 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

I'm talking about getting rid of those differences with debate. Free speech will end the debate after a fairly short time.

The reason they go on an on is because people really do not have free speech.

Currently, without free speech, unresolved, they are used to divide and distract the people.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

What differences exactly are you takin about.?

Try to speak clearly and not beat around the bush.

I know you are way into constitutional intent, free speech abridging, but you got that under control.

So what differences specifically would you like to trash.?

[-] 0 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Okay, dogmatic differences. Abortion, gay marriage, nuclear preparedness? Global warming.

Free speech is required to dissolve those differences. Compelling that quelling of differences is new motive from new info from free speech unabridged.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

I think the elite corp 1% oligarchs get uncomfortable when we talk about expanding voters, & justifiably raising wealthy tax rates.

I don't constitutional intent is a big worry of theirs. But no matter, you got the whole intent thing covered and you said support is growing so I think you got things well in hand.

Let me know ifyou wanna discuss that long list of differences you wanna trash.

[-] 2 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Look at the forum. If you know the difference between chaf/subterfuge/misleading/etc. (cognitive infiltration) of false web society, the issues left ARE the basic differences.

Basically what nullifies them also does most of the others, or, it's not beneficial to emphasize the petty while we have MAJOR agreements upon constitutional intent to define.

TRUE, the last thing the elite, 1% wants is ANY interest in constitutional intent.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Stop self sensoring, speak loud n proud against climate deniers


[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Organize to save our rivers.



This is critical. (but only after we get Art5 implemented)

[-] 0 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

You have a right to have your government protect rivers. The government ideally has the authority to control all threats to environment which is vital to our lives and with ART5 we can be assured that the government will have unrelenting defense of vital environment, but reasonably so because with ART5 we can make it work from states with direct democracy, one river at a time if need be.

[-] 3 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Yea. The Image ain"t worth it,

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Gotta keep up with the Joneses.

"my lawn is greener than yours" "community board says all lawns must look the same"

It's mundane & insidious

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago
[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Let's agree to fight at the state level these disgusting attempts to prevent renewable energy implementation.


You with us?

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Yes, whatever can be done easily WITHOUT compromising permanent effective action of ART5, should be done. Free speech is not effective for getting the word out. Here's a petition I just signed/


Oops, looks like free speech caused this petition for water to fail badly. Do something!


The whitehouse petititon site


[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

might take too long one river at a time. Do have to wait until you get your Art5 proposal done? We've made lotsa progress without it, we can make more as well.


[-] 2 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Your selectivity exposes your intention. Only if we need to, protect them state by state within the direct democracy structure created to properly conduct ART5.

I prefer protecting all rivers by creating a lawful and accountable federal government by citizens of states using a convention to propose amendment of the constitution it must operate under.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Well let me know how that goes. I support the decades old successful efforts by riverkeeper and millions of volunteers.

Let's see who get's more done 1st.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

I've not found a non profit that will work against the status quo effectively. They all marginalize themselves by selecting ONLY activities that have social impact, not economic impact to corporate bottom lines.

The social impact gets them funding from the same corporations contributing to the environmental problem the organization opposes.

[-] -1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Well rivers have improved greatly because of peoples protests/demands, and require more of our effort.

So now you are maligning ALL non profit groups?

What are you fuckin joking.? Your way or no way.

Let's just see how effective your obnoxious arrogant interactions help your efforts, and let's see how far you get with your Art5 plan.

[-] 3 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Protests, actions of non profits are designed to slow the destruction reduce the threat, not solve the problem.

To imply I don't appreciate slowed destruction and reduced threat is manipulative, deceptive, misleading and a total misinterpretation of my proposal for focusing on effective solution (ART5) after mentioning a problem to be solved by ART5.

Maybe the logic of focusing on solution is something you cannot support.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Non profit, people powered organizations are designed to solve problems with direct action by the people.

Your description is absolutely wrong and demeaning to all the good people who have fought for the successes thus far.

You obviously do NOT speak for them nor for non profit groups in general.

You focus on discouraging action and pushing a proposal that has no hope and no plan.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

When they won't work to help people to move altogether away from repeating behaviors creating the problems, or refuse to help show how much more serious and local the problems are using media, its simply band-aid type action.

This is becoming widespread as those people aware of local environmental destructions, that are obscure or not obvious, cannot get notice out to the public.

The elite appreciate that you feel the constitution has no hope and no gain can come from working with it.

I only discourage working for short term effect without work on the long term at all. And the non profits don't or are afraid to be too effective if they take the time to understand.

This is a demonstration by non profs of how it is socially unacceptable to seek to change the status quo; even tho they are dedicated to doing it; so therefore they say they are trying, but never try very hard.
It is important for the elite to make the appearance that powerful groups are working to protect important things and demean those that encourage independent, mass activities which gain the people more power,

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

They seek $ to do what gov should be doing free for us with our tax money. It's privitization dummy.


Where is their ART5 page proposing amendment to states for the federal constitution which may support amendment stopping monsanto?

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

So if they ain't with your Art5 they ain't any good.

LOL. Please.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Your selectivity and continued error exposes you doubly. Chek this one.


[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

I disagree. It is critical that we all come together to support these people power, direct action, outside the political system, groups.

Your continued criticism of decent hard working grass roots groups to 'sell' your own desperate long shot is laughable.

We'll see how successful you are. Are you aiming for July 4th like last year.?

[-] 2 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

It is laughable to ignore long term permanent solution granted through the Constitution.

It is despicable to attempt to misinterpret article v of the constitution as something that I claim, present, offer; as my personal idea.

ART5 is not my idea. It is the law of the land and you are trying to belittle it.

People power locally is the historical method of getting things done, I support all of that. To do so without working for long term solution of ART5 dealing with corporate power and influence is folly and plauing into the elites plan because they control the military with their political system.

If we do not work for political control lawfully with ART5, then economic ruin artificially caused to create chaos will be used to justify the military intervening in civil strife.

Ignoring, rejecting, minimizing the use of ART5 through proper preparation by thoughtful constitutional amendment assuring constitutional intent serves the elite massively.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Great. So you got theArt5 thing under control?

You certainly ain't interested in my support, and you obviously don't feel you need the support of anyone who is a member of non profit groups, or people who petition, or people who engage in protests, or even anyone who discusses issues outside of Art5.

So good luck. I'll be watching. When your successful I'll know we can resume our good efforts.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

You've not shown you actually are trying to solve problems or that Americans understand constitutional intent in order to be masters of the congress and courts as they must be to be free, have rights, and perhaps know a peaceful non polluted world through logical, lawful, unified use of ART5.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

One minute you push Art5 as the only viable option, then you complain that I shouldn't say it is your proposal.

Get your story straight.

I ain't ignored your proposal,I just think you only alienate people, I think your goal is to stop any activism unless it is art5 related.

I think your criticism of any efforts to create change is arrogant and wrong.

If Art5 must happen 1st, then great, let me know when you've done it.

I can't stop the work I've been involved in for decades. Sorry.

But good luck in all your good efforts.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

inclusionman wrote: "I think your goal is to stop any activism unless it is art5 related.

I think your criticism of any efforts to create change is arrogant and wrong."

It is altogether possible that no activism will be successful if the origins of problems is not addressed with enough authority to create change.

Congress violated their oaths, the law and the constitution when they failed to convene an ART5 convention over 100 years ago just before the titanic and the federal reserve; TO PREVENT ARTICLE V.

I'm sick of all activism being empty of effective lawful strategy because really bad things are happening and getting worse fast and something needs to be done.

inclusionman wrote: "If Art5 must happen 1st, then great, let me know when you've done it."

Again you belittle the constitution by implying it is "mine" and that I can "do" ART5. What is up with that? Technically as a distortion you are working to minimize the constitution by trying to say it is mine.

Again, you really do not write like an American.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Yea, that's why you DO NOT write like an American.

It's yours too and you are neglecting and rejecting its capacity which is by default allowing erroneous government supposedly controlled by the constitution to instead conduct massive injustice and destruction in the world.

ART5 is the only option with the authority that is needed to effect that changes that must occur IF any of these problems are going to actually be EVER solved.

No presentation of problem lacking also, the best, longest solution, can be presented over and over unrestrained without getting in the way of solution.

ART5 w/preparatory amendment.

1)end the abridging of free speech

2)Campaign finance reform

3)Secure the vote

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

I support rights & freedoms. I'm sure you can find another thread for that important subject.

Or you can create a rights & freedom thread!!

good luck. have fun.

[-] 0 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

The daily change you advocate is wasted if the right and freedom to act on them is impaired. People that are stressed out and under attack are not going to be able to perform as well as they need to in order to make the difference you hope for.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Difficulty is no excuse for inaction. My efforts are not "wasted". Your derision of my efforts are.

Your positive efforts are valuable and important, Your efforts not positive work against your goals. You don't see that?

We MUST fight for change in many areas at once. Yours and mine. We cannot limit ourselves to what you want to do. Sorry.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

Not deriding your efforts. Consider how much good saving 150 G of water does if our gov ends up enabling nuclear war.

I've been doing those things for 30 years, lots of people have.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

That's you mocking water conservation?

We will have to conserve & clean water while fighting to end nuclear power/weapons.


Please don't make me repeat myself. I'm trying to believe you aren't just being divisive.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

I understand, but that doesn't mean that the cause of peace can be set aside. Each promotion of conservation needs to be preceded by a demand for citizens to stand and be involved in defending the constitution so that ALL resources are protected and conserved.

Peace is constitutional, and having abundant clean water is too, but war can destroy water on a scale that cannot be understated. It is about needs, priorities and sequence. Not wants. Short term and long term priorities need to coexist each day.

Short term conserve EVERYTHING, long term, fight politically to see that the government ALSO conserves, while being fully constitutional in everyway.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Yeah sure. We must fight many fights at once.

good luck.

[-] -1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 5 years ago

How do you support rights and freedoms? Support the end of abridged free speech with ART5 and preparatory amendments.

Let's see the people of the states hook up for direct democracy by using free speech the way it was intended and get informed, then vote with a truly informed opinion in our states to effect national actions resulting from ratified amendments to the constitution.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago


[-] -1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

This is the best one yet


Can we put that through an Art5 proposal?

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Cities can cut climate change creating pollution.


[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

Also bottled water! We can all use less bottled water!


[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

I'd add, 'Eat less Meat.!' The energy required to raise cattle/pigs is enormous. And once again it is Americans who eat most of the meat in the world. It would make a big difference.