With all of the talk these days of going "green", and all of the supporting data flying around, there is no denying that we need to each begin doing something to help out ourselves and those we care about in the future...
These things do not need to be huge, money intensive tasks or projects. For example, we have replaced all of the lightbulbs in our house from the standard bulbs to compact flourescents.
By replacing those bulbs, we have acheived many benefits, such as enjoying more natural light (and not as much light), lower power bill, and the joy of not having to potentially change out a bulb every few weeks.
Another example would be at work... We have made a game of sorts out of turning out lights that we are no longer using. If one person forgets to turn off the light, they lose a point and the person who turns it off earns a point. Silly, I know... But it is one more step in the right direction, and the owners probably don't mind either. ;)
One more thing that we just noticed were these cotton shopping bags at the check-out line in the grocery store. I have seen these off and on for years, but I typically ignore them because they always seem to be too expensive. The other day, they were only $1.49 per bag!
There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to ignore these any longer. They are way too affordable now... Even if you are on a tight budget, you can buy one each time you buy groceries, and after a few weeks, you no longer need the paper or plastic bags for your groceries...
I am by no means a "tree hugger", but let's face facts... Human kind are pigs and we each need to do our part to clean our pig pen.