Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Over the River

September 16, 2010

World renown environmentalist artist Christo is proposing to cover sections of a forty-two mile stretch of the Arkansas river between Salida and Canon City with large pieces of fabric.  It would take many months to install, and would only be in place temporarily.  It has been in the planning stages for years.  It has broad support from people of the area who would benefit from the increased tourism, and jobs, during the construction and viewing stages.

I wonder about the environmental effects?  How can you deprive such a large area of natural sunlight for this length of time without ill effect?  What about the act of construction?  The project is currently undergoing an environmental impact study before it will be able to proceed.

I hope they know what they are doing.

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Common Goals

October 6, 2008

When people work together for a common goal it is a good thing.  In spite of all our differences, there are goals that we share in common on the global, national, and local levels

I believe that  we can recognize the importance of maintaining the planets health, that ecological concerns, should concern us all. That efforts on the local, national, and global level should be made so that we can minimize the negative effects of our life and actions upon this planet 

I hope that we can also recognize the disastrous effects of nuclear war and the need to restrain any use of nuclear weapons.  For that matter, I believe that most of us desire peace, but at what cost?  And on whose terms?  We all want to be secure and, but we differ on how to achieve these goals.

We all desire, at least, to simply survive.  There are many people on this planet who, frankly, cannot obtain this basic goal.  The number of people who die from lack of the basic necesities is tragic.

We also desire to prosper, to do well.  How much is enough?  To what degree are we content to prosper while others suffer?  What can we do about the gross inequality of the distribution of the world’s wealth and resources?

I suspect that we all would like to live, be at peace, and prosper.  These are common goals.  How can we successfully work together to achieve these goals?

One for the Environment

September 22, 2008

Just the other day I looked out my window and saw a man walking down the street.  He was carrying a large, plastic garbage bag and a device for picking things off the ground without bending over.  At first I thought that he was collecting pop cans but then I noticed that he was picking up trash.  I mentioned it to my wife who informed me that there  was an article in our local paper a little while back about a husband and wife who had decided that when they went for a walk that they would pick up trash.  I have to say that I was impressed.  I have occasionally picked up some trash while out for a walk, but far more often I have looked at trash and simply thought about how inconsiderate it was for people to litter, especially in parks or outdoor recreational areas.  I have even thought that it would be a good idea for some civic group to have a clean up day as a community service.  As I watched this man, I was inspired.  Perhaps the next time that I go for a walk, I will have to take a garbage bag with me, maybe even a reusable one, that I could just empty into the nearest trashcan. 

Even one can have an impact for the environment.

Pedal Power

June 21, 2008

When I was a freshman in college my car broke down and I began riding my bicycle everywhere.  For about a year, I went everywhere on my bike, even going home for the weekends, which was about a twenty mile ride.  I rode through heat, rain and even snow.  Lately, when I have been in Minneapolis, I have noticed that they actually have a bicycle lane on the city streets.  I wish they had had those back in my days of riding around.  I think back about it now, and it was the grace of God which kept me from injury or death.

Lately I have started riding my bicycle again.  The advantages finally outweighed the disadvantages.

   1.  It is good exercise.

        a. It will be good for my cholesterol

        b.  It will be helpful for weight loss.

        c.  It is good for my cardiovascular system

  2.  It is good for the environment.

        a.  less green house gas emissions

        b.  less oil consumption, less supply needed

  3.  It will save me money.

Now I realize that many of you will think that it is only to save money, but the other factors do play a role.  If everyone sought to reduce their gasoline consumption, even by a small amount, the national reduction might surprise you. 

Oh well, I am doing my part, so if you see me riding around town, no, the car isn’t broke, and I didn’t lose my license.  I might be reverting to my youth….I wish… or maybe this is part of a midlife crisis?

Or maybe it is a good idea.