YES, WE CAN HELP SOLVE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS.

YES, WE CAN

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– Solve environmental problems –

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Governments only seem to be interested in big-buck, big-scale solutions and often neglect the role ordinary citizens like us can play. Individuals can also solve environmental problems.

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For example, here are some small steps I have taken:

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1. We don’t have a dryer. We are in love with scent of the sun and the chinook wind on our clean clothes and linen. On a snowy or rainy day, we humidify our home with wet laundry hanging in the basement.

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2. We have no dish washer. Our guests have a lot of fun visiting each other while doing dishes together.

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3. I don’t use Kleenex. What’s wrong with a handkerchief?

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4. We have low flush toilets.

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5. We don’t buy incandescent light bulbs anymore.

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6. We have no air conditioner. Ceiling fans do as good a job on the hot days.

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7. We are gradually replacing our lawn with drought resistant plants and local ground covers. We try to grow some of our food and collect rainwater for irrigation. Lawn is foreign to this area and requires a lot of water, though drought resistant prairie grasses do not. We live in a semi-desert, folks. (We also eat our dandelions by the way: which make a lovely salad when mixed with other greens.)

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8. We have one small car.

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9. We always carry cotton tote bags for grocery shopping.

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10. We try as much as possible to buy foods that are grown locally or nearby.

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There must be many more ways. Yes, we can participate in the most important project the whole human race has ever undertaken to save our planet. We should develop profound disdain towards those big fat corporations demanding handouts from our governments every time we ask them to take measures to slow down climate change. "Green Plans" introduced by both Federal and Alberta governments do not offer any incentive to ordinary people like us. They seem to be saying, "Keep on burning fossils, we’ll look after the consequences. It will cost you billions. But trust us." No, we don’t trust you. We do our own things too, thank you very much.

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