Greetings! Hope you are enjoying this wonderful September. It is the best month out here in Long Beach as the crowds are gone, the water is still warm and the temperature is very comfortable. I am still going wave riding and hope to end my boogie boarding season with a 4 day trip to Montauk to celebrate my birthday.
In the current atmosphere, regarding the seriousness of World Climate Control, I would like to give some information that will help all of us contribute in our particular ways to helping our planet combat this very important situation. We have known about the climate crisis for our whole adult lives; some small and large efforts were initiated. However, our situation is accelerating and we need to step up our efforts. So here are some actions that can be done by all of us. Please take these small steps to heart and see what you can do personally to get the momentum rolling:
Save water - Do not brush your teeth with running water, take short showers (and not too often as per my last article). Wash and rinse dishes conservatively and if you have a dishwasher, use the lower energy setting. Make sure your plumbing is working. No running toilets or dripping faucets (it's a Feng Shui belief that plumbing issues indicate health and wealth problems ie. plumbing represents the heart and circulatory systems; and regarding wealth - "money down the drain"). Contribute to RG's water conservation efforts and put partially empty commercial water bottles in the receptacles provided so we can water our plants. Promote local efforts to conserve water. Carry and use a reusable water bottle (clean it often). Use personal coffee mugs. Avoid using "single use" plastic bags; carry a tote with you when shopping; and if you do have to use a plastic bag, re-use it as a trash bag or when you dispose of it tie it in a knot or cut it up so it does not become a wildlife danger or blow around in land fills (the knotting keeps it from becoming a sail - thank you Shawny, from Maui). Recycle rinsed recyclable containers, no lids. No broken glass. Nothing with food in it. Newspapers, magazines, cardboard, paper plates, etc. Large items, electronics and oil/gas waste needs to be disposed of as per local guidelines. Use paper, corn or bamboo straws, encourage your local food markets, restaurants and vendors to do the same, and ask them to use recyclable carry out food containers, not styrofoam.
Avoid aerosols (use natural pumps), and do not use toxic chemicals for bug sprays, insect and vermin poisons. Plant green vegetation whenever and wherever possible. Three plants in the bedroom filters the air for you when sleeping. Plants are natural air purifiers. If you have any property, plants trees (we all need to make up for the Amazon loss). If you have a window sill, balcony, yard etc.. plant plants (can't have too much oxygen).
Join an organization or contribute to one. If you buy a car and can afford it, purchase an electric one. Bike instead of using your car for simple shopping trips. Take public transportation when possible. Promote wind and solar power. Join or contribute to an organization that deals with climate problems and solutions. Keep up to date with world events and organizations - Follow the US Climate Strikes Call-to-Action on September 20th. #ClimateStrike