It was Earth Day on April 22rd, and Mike Dunford started a blog meme around this. As you can see, I am (*ahem*) a bit late on this. I was so late that I decided to do this 2 months after Earth day.
Anyway, as I’m so late on this anyway, why not use it as an opportunity to see how we’ve all done over the last few months to make the environment a better place.
Anyway, Mike asked us all about three things we could do to help save the earth. Here’s what he asked, and my responses:
h3. What can you do that’s small?
Buy less kipple. Kipple is a wonderful word, invented by Philip K. Dick, that describes all that little stuff, bric-a-brac and the like, that you end up accumulating. Little toys, pens, spare buttons etc. I have a hoarder’s instinct: all those small plastic boxes (ice cream and the like) are going to come in useful sometime, aren’t they? I also like buying Easter eggs (after Easter, when they’re cheaper) with little toys in them. These are totally useless: the ultimate kipple. So, I will deny my inner child and stop.
Just say no
What can you do that’s big?
This is difficult. Not because I’m great ecologically, but because I’m not sure what I’m doing badly that I can change. I travel by air more than many, but train isn’t an option if I’m traveling from Helsinki to most of the rest of the world. Perhaps I should move to central Europe?
But there is one thing that I could do. The kipple thing again. I should make a point of saying that I don’t want people to buy birthday and christmas presents, but instead use the money for something useful, like providing fresh water to the third world. Or give the money to Amnesty Intracellular.
What can you do that’s better?
I was struggling with this one a bit. Not because I’m perfect environmentally, but because I’m not sure what I’m doing that’s bad. So, I guess the thing to improve is my awareness. I should do a better job of finding out the indirect effects on my environment. But where to start? Any suggestions?