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Recently the SCOTUS flipped the bird at the EPA for ignoring the costs that came with their regulations on power plants. Incidentally this ruling took place just a couple of days after I experienced a "political renaissance", which resurrected my previously dormant environmentalism.

You see, when I was little, I cared deeply about the environment and did everything I possibly could to preserve it. My sustainable actions initially amounted to common etiquette and light green environmentalism (turning off the sink water when brushing my teeth, turning off the lights when leaving the room, throwing waste in respective containers like trash cans and recycling bins...).

As I aged, I started practicing green consumerism (buying products that were made that are made without harm to or exploitation of humans, animals or the natural environment).

But once I graduated from high school, all of that faded away for no apparent reason. Perhaps it was because I was too focused on getting prepared for college.

Now that my environmentalist mindset has re-emerged, I started to reincorporate my sustainable practices into my daily routine (buying sustainable products, using little energy, etc...) and even donated to some environmental organizations (The Nature Conservancy, ConservAmerica...). In other words, I went from "light green environmentalism" to "bright green environmentalism" and became a neo-environmentalist.

So I would like to know whether or not you care deeply about the environment, and what do you do to preserve it.
Posted 6/30/15
Enough that I give to charities and recycle plastics and aluminum when I can remember sometimes I just trash it though. (although sometimes I wonder what one woman can do when a lot of ppl don't recycle.
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Pretty deeply I attend alot of events in my area about it.
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It's on the top of my list of issues that concern me, and I heavily weigh my voting decisions on it. I don't vote for any candidate with an environmental record lower than 35% unless the alternative is worse. I also donate to the WWF.
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Very. Not to the degree of telling people to kill themselves to save the environment.
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geauxtigers1989 wrote:

It's on the top of my list of issues that concern me, and I heavily weigh my voting decisions on it. I don't vote for any candidate with an environmental record lower than 35% unless the alternative is worse. I also donate to the WWF.


Then you're going to love Bernie Sanders. The guy's a bonafide climate hawk.
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LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:

Very. Not to the degree of telling people to kill themselves to save the environment.


Ditto. I was never the alarmist type, and I don't intend to become one anytime soon.
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I love the environment and I support it. If I wasn't paying for my Masters Degree I would donate. I still don't waste energy, I recycle, don't litter, buy food by the same standards you do, et.al.
I learned a lot about the environment in my major (Geology). Things like CO2 is not the worst Greenhouse Gas. Methane is and cows are the big contributor. Methane retains over 100 times the heat as CO2. The good news is it has a shorter lifespan then CO2.
We also went into a lot of stuff on acids produced by humans and the harm it is doing to the climate. Acid rain killing forests and acid from mines killing wildlife.
These last two I would really like to see an improvement on. I am all for cleaner energy. Nuclear if done right and no corners cut (all the nuclear meltdowns had corners cut), solar energy, geothermal energy, biofuels, wind energy and energy from ocean currents could all be used to create clean energy that would not harm the environment nearly as much as it does now. These would also cut down on the acids as mining for coal and fuels would decrease.
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Dark_Alma wrote:

I love the environment and I support it. If I wasn't paying for my Masters Degree I would donate. I still don't waste energy, I recycle, don't litter, buy food by the same standards you do, et.al.
I learned a lot about the environment in my major (Geology). Things like CO2 is not the worst Greenhouse Gas. Methane is and cows are the big contributor. Methane retains over 100 times the heat as CO2. The good news is it has a shorter lifespan then CO2.
We also went into a lot of stuff on acids produced by humans and the harm it is doing to the climate. Acid rain killing forests and acid from mines killing wildlife.
These last two I would really like to see an improvement on. I am all for cleaner energy. Nuclear if done right and no corners cut (all the nuclear meltdowns had corners cut), solar energy, geothermal energy, biofuels, wind energy and energy from ocean currents could all be used to create clean energy that would not harm the environment nearly as much as it does now. These would also cut down on the acids as mining for coal and fuels would decrease.


My knowledge of the environment goes way back to my days in elementary school. I learned most, if not all, of the things you just mentioned, but at a much younger age. So obviously those "green tenets" are firmly (and permanently) ingrained in my mind.

I also try to buy items that not only benefit the environment, but also the economy. Think sustainably-sourced fish that's caught in American waters and processed in American plants. As a result, carbon emissions are minimized and the U.S. economy benefits from the purchase of American-made goods.
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I'm a horrible person that only watches the rabbits bounce around and tosses treats to the wild animals that wander too close that I know aren't going to nibble my legs off. I also don't actively shoot the ones that are varmints though, so I guess that makes me a bad person.

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Meh, it's not high up on my list of "causes". I recycle and all that good stuff but I don't do anything beyond what's commonplace nowadays. I figure we already screwed the pooch on this one and we would have to completely change industrialized, first-world societal and economic values to really fix things, and that just isn't going to happen.
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I learned most of that at a young age as well. However, getting into University showed me the drastic-ness of it. After spending over 3 hours on a single question that took 4 pages. The results were insane! I would link a pic, but it is somewhere in the dark reaches of the 4th dimension (pile of notes and tests). Pretty much about the weight, flux and effect on Earth of greenhouse gasses. There was also a few shorter ones on acids released from mining. They took only 2 pages...

I still cry over those questions.
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geauxtigers1989 wrote:

It's on the top of my list of issues that concern me, and I heavily weigh my voting decisions on it. I don't vote for any candidate with an environmental record lower than 35% unless the alternative is worse. I also donate to the WWF.


Then you're going to love Bernie Sanders. The guy's a bonafide climate hawk.


He's my guy. Sanders and his 95% record would be a godsend, although Hillary's 82% isn't shabby either. Louisiana has one congressman whose record is in double digits, so seeing scores that high makes me giddy.
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Well for the biggest dick statement on this topic I offer the following comment

I will be dead before the environment is
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Relatively. I'm not dumb enough to be conned into paying for green gas omissions through being guilt tripped, but I value green spaces and don't litter. Recycling is mandatory here but I'd probably do it regardless.

Would like to see more use of "clean" energy, like solar power and Tesla cars (and electric cars in general). Though a lot of fossil fuels are utilised in the manufacturing and recharging of batteries, it still winds up being better for the environment.
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