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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.

Native American proverb


Today is Blog Action Day. The topic is the environment.

Rule 24. Respect the Environment and Be Gentle to Animals
“Only two or three generations ago it was commonplace to describe progress as the subjugation of nature by man. Today we are more likely to think of progress as freeing nature from the lethal embrace of a recklessly wasteful and polluting humanity.”
--‘Choosing Civility: the Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct’ P. M. Forni, cofounder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project

Responsibility extends into and around the workplace
Civility includes an active interest and respect for the well-being of our communities and a concern for the health of the planet.
• Reduce consumption. Paper. How much do you need to print? Do you need multiple phone books?
• Don’t litter. Pick up after those who do or that which the wind blew in. The grounds outside the workplace are a reflection of those inside.
• Recyle. Paper, soda cans, plastic containers, printer cartridges.
• Don’t use products harmful to the environment.

Give up bottled water
Americans have some of the best tap water in the world. Your tap water may actually be better than bottled water. Why is bottled water a status symbol? Drink tap water from a tumbler or bottle that can be used over and over. (It’s good to wash them often according to ISU Extension.) That should be the status symbol because the user is environmentally astute.

The biggest display of bottled water in Iowa may be at the state fair. It was about fair time that I read Message in a Bottle from Fast Company, http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/117/features-message-in-a-bottle.html
“Americans went through about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year, 167 for each person. Durable, lightweight containers manufactured just to be discarded. Water bottles are made of totally recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, so we share responsibility for their impact: Our recycling rate for PET is only 23%, which means we pitch into landfills 38 billion water bottles a year--more than $1 billion worth of plastic.” The article notes it’s an unlikely business boom and says something about our culture of indulgence.

Bottled water is an emerging target
The Des Moines Register had an editorial on it in early September. KCCI had a story in July. Two nonprofit organizations are asking you to pledge to quit drinking bottled water:
New American Dream, where you can find tap water reports from across the country, http://c3.newdream.org/
Food and Water Watch, http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/Alerts/bottled-water

Oct. 15, 2007
One issue: the environment.
The power of many to increase awareness, take action and make changes.

Another very good article: Bad to the Last Drop, New York Times, August 1, 2005, http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/01/opinion/01standage.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin