Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Green Valentine

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Today is my blogoversary.  My first On the Brink Post was on Valentine'd Day in 2011.  Since then, I've written nearly 1000 posts on this blog--making this one of the most content-rich green blogs on the Internet.

On my blogoversary, I always like to repost the first entry since it gets at the heart of what I am trying to do with my writing here.  While I try to make this blog informative, I also try to make it fun.  Most green blogs are dreary affairs that seem to have a "In the Arm of an Angel" by Sara McLachlan playing in the background.  They are full of bad news about climate change, species loss, or environmental justice.  While these issues are important, and I do cover them on this blog, my tone is very different.

I love humanity with all of its flaws.  While we must all strive to make the world a better place, I try to show that we can do so with a sense of humor.

Happy Valentine's Day.

From February 14, 2011:

I asked my students to come up with a list of 10 ideas for individuals who were looking for green approaches to celebrating Valentine's Day.  Here are their top 10:

10.  Shower together.  This is an obvious one.  However, it is not green if you stay in a long time and use up all the hot water.

9.  Break up.  We know that one aspect of sustainability is the reduction of consumption.  If you are not dating or married during Valentine's Day, there is no need to buy anything.

8.  Candles.  Nothing says romance like turning out the lights and having a candlelit evening.

7.  Plant a love tree.  Did I mention that I teach in Florida?  This one is a bit hard in the north.  Do not use lots of power to thaw out the ground to get this one done!

6.  Pot Luck Super Party.  I love this idea!  Why not share the love and have a potluck with all of your friends and family?  To make it even greener, make it meatless!

5.  Picnic.  Nothing says sustainability like finding a romantic place outside to have a picnic!  Did I mention I teach in Florida?

4.  Grow your own flowers.  Most flowers purchased during Valentine's Day are not grown locally.  Their transport uses lots of greenhouse gases.  So, go ahead and show your love.  Plant some flowers!  Nothing says romance like a garden!!

3.  Go for a tandem bike ride.  For those in the north, there are toboggans.

2.  Farmers market dinner.  Go together to a farmers' market and browse for things to cook together.  You'll be eating local and supporting local business.

1.  Catch and kill night.  A big tenet of the modern sustainability movement is eating local.  Plan an outing by going fishing or hunting with your loved ones and eat what you catch!  For the vegetarians, see 2 and 6 above.

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