I just learned that today was Blog Action Day, where bloggers around the world were encouraged to blog for the environment. Given that the Cottonwood Institute is committed to sustainability education, I had to post something! I found this post on GoodSearch.com and I wanted to spread the word about 5 things you can do to protect the planet in 5 minutes or less:
- Change a light bulb to a compact fluorescent bulb
If every American swapped just one bulb for an Energy Star labeled CFL,
it would collectively save more than $8 billion in energy costs,
prevent burning 30 billion pounds of coal and remove 2 million cars
worth of greenhouse gas emissions from our atmosphere.
- Use GoodSearch to search the web — www.GoodSearch.com
This search engine, which is powered by Yahoo!, earns money for your
favorite environmental charity, or any other cause you care about, with
- Adjust your thermostat by 2 degrees.
It’s estimated that 1/6 of all energy consumed in the US is from heating and cooling.
- Remove yourself from postal bulk mail — https://www.dmaconsumers.org/cgi/offmailing
Every year, 100 million trees, 28 billion gallons of water, and $320
million in local tax money are used for the production and disposal of
- Unplug unused electronics
Even when electronic devices are turned off, they use energy. Save over 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $256 per year.
Send this email to five friends (ok, that’s six things you can do!)