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Exactly the way it is rivalend.

You must know when a "science" is fake when a politician thinks of it.
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Here is what I do to go green

All my electricity comes from wind generated power
I recycle everything possible
I do not own a car, when i need to go somewhere I walk, use public transport or carpool.
I purchase organic products from local growers and suppliers if possible ( this cuts on the effects of pesticides and transport of the goods)
I use cloth menstrual pads instead of disposables, they work better and a woman uses over 10k disposable products in a life time spending over 3k for them. They aren't biodegradable so they hang around for years in landfills.
I wash laundry without the use of a machine, rinse water becomes wash water, even the water I spin out using a special machine is reused. My laundry detergent is biodegradable, made with no chemicals from plants I could probably grow in my yard if I didn't have a black thumb when it comes to growing things.
I have products in my home such as hemp and bamboo both are fast growing and considered sustainable products.
I use fresh foods including meats such as from a butcher (yes they still exist) they don't use packaging such as plastics and styrofoam.
I try to purchase milk in glass jugs(yes they exist too) These are easier to recycle and you get more recyclable product from glass vs plastic. They can also be reused significantly before going off to the recycling center.

I alter and resize my clothing, if you don't think this is green, think about this. Recently a report was issued about denim and the fact that's production and the waste from the dyes has turned the Pearl river in China indigo. The Pearl river is called that because it was this kind of white color because of the near by sand color. If you look at photos from the sky you can see the white still out in the bay area and the spreading indigo. Every time you throw clothing out without reusing it or doin something with it you're encouraging the production of more clothing which dumps harmful chemicals such as bleach and dyes into the environment. Changing jeans into shorts, patching, even turning them into blankets and quilts can go a long way to reducing waste. I'm shortly to be 29 years old I have clothing I'm still wearing that I purchased when I was in 8th and 9th grade.

I donate broken electronics and such to repair shops. While I might not be able to fix it sometimes they can or use the parts to fix other machines. Instead of dumping the entire thing into a landfill some if not all of it gets reused.

My old computers, are donated to a Nonprofit called ESE resources which takes these computers and installs special software on them before giving them to schools to help educate children with special needs.

I make my own soaps, candles and bath products, everything uses all natural ingredients, no dyes, chemicals, or anything like that just stuff you find in nature. I drink loose leaf tea instead of bagged tea, soda or other beverages. Its less processed and doesn't come in plastic bottles.

I even recycle mail, the backs of letters and stuff becomes scrap paper, drawing paper and so forth.

I probably do other stuff but that's what comes up off the top of my head.
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I also agree with Rivalend to a large extent tbh.

A lot of people who froth at the mouth about 'being green' are a little self righteous. Whilst i'm not saying recycling is a bad thing, convincing yourself that if we used a bit less electricity and water the world would suddenly be a big, lush paradise is naive.

I can't speak for the US given how i've never lived there, but in the UK it's just used a convenient excuse to charge even more for products and also to levy even higher taxes on us, accompanied by the words "It's for the environment!" to justify it. But as the politicians are giving sermons about it, and television is flooded with 'Go Green!' adverts, no serious action is taken by them to 'fix' it.

Sure, polution is a problem, the massive plastic sea in the atlantic is a problem etc etc, but come on now, if you use less electricity today does that mean the power plants will produce less electricity and as a result emit less polution? No. It's a lot like when people give £1 a month to some African charity, it makes you feel good that you've 'done your bit' for the world (Even if the money usually ends up in some dictators pocket). Even with things like alternatives to plastic packaging, sure they're available from various places but ever noticed that the 'green' products tend to be more expensive?

Whilst I do recycle, don't fool yourself that the little things you do at home will change the world. Call me a pessemist, but I think i'm being realistic, even if it has become taboo to question it. The only thing that changes the world are the people in power, and they will, just as they always have, do whatever they want.
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I also agree with Rivalend to a large extent tbh.

A lot of people who froth at the mouth about 'being green' are a little self righteous. Whilst i'm not saying recycling is a bad thing, convincing yourself that if we used a bit less electricity and water the world would suddenly be a big, lush paradise is naive.

I can't speak for the US given how i've never lived there, but in the UK it's just used a convenient excuse to charge even more for products and also to levy even higher taxes on us, accompanied by the words "It's for the environment!" to justify it. But as the politicians are giving sermons about it, and television is flooded with 'Go Green!' adverts, no serious action is taken by them to 'fix' it.

Sure, polution is a problem, the massive plastic sea in the atlantic is a problem etc etc, but come on now, if you use less electricity today does that mean the power plants will produce less electricity and as a result emit less polution? No. It's a lot like when people give £1 a month to some African charity, it makes you feel good that you've 'done your bit' for the world (Even if the money usually ends up in some dictators pocket). Even with things like alternatives to plastic packaging, sure they're available from various places but ever noticed that the 'green' products tend to be more expensive?

Whilst I do recycle, don't fool yourself that the little things you do at home will change the world. Call me a pessemist, but I think i'm being realistic, even if it has become taboo to question it. The only thing that changes the world are the people in power, and they will, just as they always have, do whatever they want.


It's as true in the US as well. I see it the way you do word for word.
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quintus_fontane wrote:

I also agree with Rivalend to a large extent tbh.

A lot of people who froth at the mouth about 'being green' are a little self righteous. Whilst i'm not saying recycling is a bad thing, convincing yourself that if we used a bit less electricity and water the world would suddenly be a big, lush paradise is naive.

I can't speak for the US given how i've never lived there, but in the UK it's just used a convenient excuse to charge even more for products and also to levy even higher taxes on us, accompanied by the words "It's for the environment!" to justify it. But as the politicians are giving sermons about it, and television is flooded with 'Go Green!' adverts, no serious action is taken by them to 'fix' it.

Sure, polution is a problem, the massive plastic sea in the atlantic is a problem etc etc, but come on now, if you use less electricity today does that mean the power plants will produce less electricity and as a result emit less polution? No. It's a lot like when people give £1 a month to some African charity, it makes you feel good that you've 'done your bit' for the world (Even if the money usually ends up in some dictators pocket). Even with things like alternatives to plastic packaging, sure they're available from various places but ever noticed that the 'green' products tend to be more expensive?

Whilst I do recycle, don't fool yourself that the little things you do at home will change the world. Call me a pessemist, but I think i'm being realistic, even if it has become taboo to question it. The only thing that changes the world are the people in power, and they will, just as they always have, do whatever they want.


I dont think anyone means that doing small things changes the whole world drastically... But the reason why they ask you to do little things is cuz MANY people dont even want to do anything.. so they try to compromise for MAJORITY of the people out there... If everyone at least put in effort wouldn't that shift a slight percent of the inbalance? not a lot... probably less than one percent but still... And do you know that so called, if you get into a habit of doing something for 40 days then it will turn into a habit indented into you? Of course thats not a 100 percent accurate for everyone... but if people can get into a habit of doing small things, doesn't that eventually make you used to doing something green, and then eventually some people very likely could take it to the next level? Im not a hundred percent sure.. but if you do nothing about the world getting destroyed or even go against saving the world... you would say that you were a part of destroying nature.. but if if you at least do SOMETHING to protect the world regularly... doens't that mean that you are a part of saving the world? One percent doing small things certainly doesn't change everything, but that doesn't mean we should not doing ANYTHING at all...
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I dont think anyone means that doing small things changes the whole world drastically... But the reason why they ask you to do little things is cuz MANY people dont even want to do anything.. so they try to compromise for MAJORITY of the people out there... If everyone at least put in effort wouldn't that shift a slight percent of the inbalance? not a lot... probably less than one percent but still... And do you know that so called, if you get into a habit of doing something for 40 days then it will turn into a habit indented into you? Of course thats not a 100 percent accurate for everyone... but if people can get into a habit of doing small things, doesn't that eventually make you used to doing something green, and then eventually some people very likely could take it to the next level? Im not a hundred percent sure.. but if you do nothing about the world getting destroyed or even go against saving the world... you would say that you were a part of destroying nature.. but if if you at least do SOMETHING to protect the world regularly... doens't that mean that you are a part of saving the world? One percent doing small things certainly doesn't change everything, but that doesn't mean we should not doing ANYTHING at all...


Oh I never said we should do nothing, as I said I make it a point to recycle the things I can. Plastic pollution is dire and needs to be stamped out, that's unquestionable.

All I was saying is that a lot of people who are obsessed with being green are naive and, quite frankly, annoying beyond reason. It's gotten to a point where unless you yourself are also a rabid, frothing "TURN THAT LIGHT OFF NOW!" person, then you're treated as though you're a bloody leper. These people are so convinced that what they're doing is saving the world when in reality they don't have a clue. Sure it's not hurting, and it probably is helping (Albeit in a very, very small way), but it's no where near enough to turn things around.

That's why it annoys me. If everyone turned a lightbulb off tomorrow and suddenly the world turned an even deeper shade of green, where pixies danced around on flowers and everyone was dancing round in a circle, then sure! I'd be all in for being a frothy green nutter too. But it won't, so the result does not justify the hysteria.

To properly start fixing the environment, it falls almost entirely to the governments.

-Wind turbines are expensive and inefficient, yet they are being seeded everywhere because it's a visible symbol of being 'green'. If they were serious about fixing it, they'd use alternative power sources instead of wind turbines, and invest heavily in advanced, clean power research. This will not happen.

-Car and automotive pollution is bad. We know this, and indeed there are alternatives already there, hydrogen being the best. However, despite how good these are, people will not buy into them because:
a: They're WTFexpensive
b: Extremely limited availability
c: No structure in place for maintainence.
For these to take off you would need to make the cars and refuelling cost effective for the consumer, which would require huge investment (Mass production, new manufacturing techniques etc). This will not happen either.

I could go on but I think you get the point now. Sure we should do a little bit at home by recycling everything that we can, but anything else is pointless. Saving electricity is futile given how it's still created via fossil fuels and even if we use less they will still pump out the same levels of pollution.

The government loves the fact that people are willing to blame themselves and each other for it, and they openly encourage it via mass media hysteria. By doing this they not only shift the blame away from themselves, but with a whipped up civil frenzy they can slide in extra taxes and methods of control that will not only be accepted, but openly welcomed, all in the name of 'being green'.

It's a fad that falls just short of brainwashing, and if people are serious about a change for the better, they need to open their eyes to reality and start demanding that proper action be taken, not just a lightbulb being turned off and a bunch of bigwigs in suits posturing at a yearly summit.
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I'm not very Green...and I feel bad :(
I only recycle :0
In my room I have a stack of notebooks filled with manga drawings...And when I throw one away..It goes to a landfill :0 Soo...I just keep them because I don't know what to do with them
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quintus_fontane wrote:

Oh I never said we should do nothing, as I said I make it a point to recycle the things I can. Plastic pollution is dire and needs to be stamped out, that's unquestionable.

All I was saying is that a lot of people who are obsessed with being green are naive and, quite frankly, annoying beyond reason. It's gotten to a point where unless you yourself are also a rabid, frothing "TURN THAT LIGHT OFF NOW!" person, then you're treated as though you're a bloody leper. These people are so convinced that what they're doing is saving the world when in reality they don't have a clue. Sure it's not hurting, and it probably is helping (Albeit in a very, very small way), but it's no where near enough to turn things around.

That's why it annoys me. If everyone turned a lightbulb off tomorrow and suddenly the world turned an even deeper shade of green, where pixies danced around on flowers and everyone was dancing round in a circle, then sure! I'd be all in for being a frothy green nutter too. But it won't, so the result does not justify the hysteria.

To properly start fixing the environment, it falls almost entirely to the governments.

-Wind turbines are expensive and inefficient, yet they are being seeded everywhere because it's a visible symbol of being 'green'. If they were serious about fixing it, they'd use alternative power sources instead of wind turbines, and invest heavily in advanced, clean power research. This will not happen.

-Car and automotive pollution is bad. We know this, and indeed there are alternatives already there, hydrogen being the best. However, despite how good these are, people will not buy into them because:
a: They're WTFexpensive
b: Extremely limited availability
c: No structure in place for maintainence.
For these to take off you would need to make the cars and refuelling cost effective for the consumer, which would require huge investment (Mass production, new manufacturing techniques etc). This will not happen either.

I could go on but I think you get the point now. Sure we should do a little bit at home by recycling everything that we can, but anything else is pointless. Saving electricity is futile given how it's still created via fossil fuels and even if we use less they will still pump out the same levels of pollution.

The government loves the fact that people are willing to blame themselves and each other for it, and they openly encourage it via mass media hysteria. By doing this they not only shift the blame away from themselves, but with a whiped up civil frenzy they can slide in extra taxes and methods of control that will not only be accepted, but openly welcomed, all in the name of 'being green'.

It's a fad that falls just short of brainwashing, and if people are serious about a change for the better, they need to open their eyes to reality and start demanding that proper action be taken, not just a lightbulb being turned off and a bunch of bigwigs in suits posturing at a yearly summit.


O.. yeaa i said this cuz in my school and a lot of my friends, don't even care.. like if i said something like we should try to do echo friendly stuff. (And trust me, i don't go hysteric ever.. in fact the opposite, when someone sounds reluctant, i end up not saying anything.. though with little kids i make it sound like a super fun thing x) ) But yeaa... you seem very informed and i feel kinda glad that you're not someone who totally doesn't give a shit about global warming.. Though honestly, i find lights, cars, and all taht stuff really of not much use except to get somewhere fast or make it easier to see.. Honestly i know its a weird idea... but i wish we never left the cavemen age :\ i feel like their life was so much more focused on life itself.. not with all the distrations we have nowadays.. To be honest Convenience and comfort feels very annoying to me, so i also actually hardly ever take vehicles, and when i actually do its a public bus that im taking with many other people and its not really using anymore than it would with me not in there. But yeaa... You're informed so i dont think i need to say anything to you ^___^ so yeaaa.. ill like.. shut my annoying mouth lolz
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Very green (:
Save the world!
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I'm tired of hearing "going green." I agree with rivalend It sounds like something people say when they're part of a fad. but yes, I try to be aware of the Earth's ecosystem state. I've recycled some, tried to reduce my time on electricity & usage of water. I'm working on turning off the t.v. so I can try to reduce greenhouse gas. Seems like a wasted effort sometimes seeing how the bigger issues are those corporate businesses & factories that produce excessive smoke within the sky. & other harmful things that impact major damage on the planet. Recycling & reducing essentials in our homes can only do so much.
Posted 5/1/10
I'm not very green. Did you know that only 1/4 of the things that you recycle actually ends up being recycled? The rest is trash. Just saying, not trying to discourage recycling, because who knows, whatever you're recycling could be that 1/4 that's going to be recycled. well anyways, I don't take recycling seriously, but I do it anyway. I try to be green, but it's hard.
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I don't take steps in either direction. It's just bugs me how going green seems to have become a status symbol. A bunch of people comparing who is more green than the other and telling the people who don't care that they're selfish and evil. The earth can go ahead and die if the people on it don't love one another.
Posted 5/1/10
To be honest, if I needed advice on how to be a better human being it wouldn't be from number one: an anime forum and number two: from you.

look at this sad clip about this cat who got hit by a car and the male cat is mourning and trying to revive his mate :\

Sad, but what dose this have to do with the topic? Why is it here? For pity?

Every time you use your water, your computer, your electricity, your car etc.. you may be causing another death in the world.
Lol, wut?


Gas pollutes the air, Electricity contributes to global warming.. and COMPUTERS use electricity in case u didn't know.

Here's a tip, how about you help contribute by stop using the computer? Here you are giving everyone advice on how to help the planet. Ok, that's good, but what exactly are you doing to contribute? To me it just sounds pretty hypocritical.

Water takes away water from all the poor people out there and the animals who innocently just want to survive :\ Here we are, not only surviving, but feeding ourselves with things we don't even need.


So we don't need water?

Water is a natural resource; it's abundant (well, mostly). It makes up about 70% of the planet. How exactly are we taking it away from "poor people" and "animals."

I don't get it. Your topic makes sense, but at the same time lacks thought. I don't loose much sleep over what will happen to the planet. Even if we were to fix this problem, humanity will eventually lead to its own destruction due to our selfish and uncaring nature. People use the statement, "Go Green," but in the end don't do shit. It's becoming a fad more than anything.

I do recommend using fluorescent light bulbs, though. They maybe expensive (about $8 for two) they help.
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I am not green... if i do anything that is green if if it saves money or aids me in someone way.... "going green" is a just a fad and a now a great scheme used in advertising to make people buy products, which benefits are sometimes barely better than the old product.

there should, however, be limitations on what is proven to be harmful to the environment...
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