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Are You Doing Anything Special For Earth Day?

It's the 38th annual Earth Day today, a time where you'll hear all kinds of advice for what you should do to keep the planet clean.

But if you're not Al Gore, you already do your part to reduce, reuse and recycle, and you don't feel like getting a whole list of items added to your to dos, how about a list of "to don'ts?" I found a list perfect for those who want to make a difference purely based on what they don't do.

Check out the top five:

  1. Use your leaf blower to dust off the driveway.
  2. Drink FIJI Water . . . unless you actually live in FIJI.
  3. Torch a couple luxury homes in the swank Seattle suburb of Woodinville.
  4. Feed a cow beans.
  5. Make a donation to "Global Warming is Bogus."

But the capper "don't" of the list, the one thing you're not supposed to do?

"Do nothing at all."

What do you think? Are you planning to launch a big eco-project today or do you not see what the big hoopla is, and think every day should be Earth Day? Do you question the whole environmental movement and think green is just the new trend?

We've been looking at environmental issues all month. Check out all of our Daily Planet coverage if you need inspiration.


beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
re: nalgene bottles - Canada has officially said they are "bad". use a metal bottle, like Sigg or a glass one. plastic near your water is bad no matter what.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
I'm cleaning the kitchen and returning some of Mother Earth's dandruff to the back yard. Dandruff = sand and dirt the dogs drug in.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Cat you are really makin me laugh today!
katybug518 katybug518 9 years
This is of particular interest for me, because it's not just Nalgene bottles, it's any plastic bottle. Think about the PALLETS of water that sit out in the sun all day in Iraq and Afghanistan before they are distributed to our soldiers to hydrate. There only source of water over there is Bottled Water in plastic bottles, that they then put into their plastic canteens, or plastic CamelBak bladders.
katybug518 katybug518 9 years
I saw something about the Plastic bottles on TV sometime this week, and it stated that only newborns, infants, and toddlers were EXTREMELY susceptible to the effects of PB-7, which is the type of plastic most Nalgene style bottles are made in. The best kind of drink container to use is aluminum, because it doesn't grow bacteria, and the temperature does not alter its chemical make up.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I am actually going out of my way to do more than nothing, no carpooling, I just threw away a couple of diet pepsi cans, ate a baby seal for lunch (chewy), which gave me gas, and I plan on burning some coal tonight for the heck of it.
katybug518 katybug518 9 years
I put about 200 plants/bulbs in the my yard over the weekend, does that count?!? Now I just have to keep them alive.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
We planted about 20 Austrians and the deer ate them all. Then we planted more Austrians and other kinds, evergreens, aspens, a maple by our house and a few cottonwoods. The deer either were eating them or rubbing their antlers (sraping the velvet off). We made up this egg stuff and started spraying them. That works! But we couldn't spray all the trees. So most we put a little fence around and others we spray. We also have some plums (wild) and we spray those too.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I'm looking at these Sigg bottles now, they are pretty sweet!
sashak sashak 9 years
here ya go
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I only say that some will survive there because of the nature of the "woods". I live in a very residential area right now, and the patch of "woods" is about four feet wide that separates the neighbor's house from our yard. There are kids, dogs, and random animals who stomp around there, so it's not guaranteed they'll live. That's why we plant so many.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Laura, It could also be your soil.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Whoa! I'm glad I'm don't own stock in Nalgene!
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
oops Austrians
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
They(Nalgene) basically say that the chemicals are present, but at a low level, and you should technically be fine according to the current research. But they are still looking in to it. FDA says no ban should be issued at this time.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Laura some evergreens like cedars and junipers don't like a lot of water. Spruce and austians LOVE water, lots.
syako syako 9 years
about = above
syako syako 9 years
my link to nalgene's response is about on comment 27
sashak sashak 9 years
Hmm.. let me look for a link...
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I'm not sure.. The articles I read are conflicting, and of course not everyone agrees about this new finding. I would think that if you don't do anything absurd to it you should be better off than those who put boiling water in them or freeze the bottles at night.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
what?!?! I didnt know that applied to Nalgenes! What if you never freese the water or boil it? Are you ok then?
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I think they're evergreens. The one's we planted most recently are still very small, and I think only about 25 of the 50 or so we did in our little side spot of woods will make it.
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I'm so happy I never used a nalgene bottle! The articles I have seen suggest that by exposing your bottle to extreme conditions: boiling water or freezing water, that causes particles of plastic neoprene to come off into the water you will drink which then in turn get into your body and cause "issues."
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
There are lots of evergreens. Does the tree stay green all year? Evergreens don't lose their leaves. They bud in the spring, but they wont lose their leaves or needles. Spruce, pinion, anything with a needle is an evergreen.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Oh that's cute cabaker27, cine_lover & syako. Did you guys put on the same shirt this morning too? LOL!
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