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Big and little steps for the Earth

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/22/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Live

What are you thinking about on Earth Day? Read on if you want to take action for a clean, healthy planet.

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Recycling and installing energy-efficient light bulbs are great things to do to help save the Earth, but what are the most important things?

A few years ago, EcoCity Cleveland created a list of 10 things — the hard things — that will do the most to reduce your impact on the planet. They give a sense of the kinds of fundamental changes that will be required to create a sustainable society. And they can be goals toward which all of us can work.

Here are the first three things on the list:

  • Stop at two: The birth of another excessively consuming American adds a tremendous burden to the earth's life support systems. So stop at two children, or one, or none.
  • Live in a modest house: The super-sized American house consumes vast quantities of resources and energy. Think about what you really need for a satisfying life. Rehab an existing house before building new. And make your house as energy-efficient as possible.
  • Live close to what you need: Choose to live a "lower-mileage lifestyle" in a community where the necessities of everyday life can be obtained by walking, bicycling, and using transit.

Here's our Ten things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint list.

Happy Earth Day!

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American parent's carbon legacy
4 years ago

A 2009 study conducted by Oregon State University found that an American parent's "carbon legacy" would be 40 times higher from raising two children in our country than all of their energy-saving actions combined.



green.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/having-children-brings-high-carbon-impact/

Stop at two?
4 years ago

Stating that the number of children a couple decides to have and whether a couple decides to have children is a measure of greenness is inappropriate.

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