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  •  A thoughtful and crucial diary. Thank you, (7+ / 0-)

    remembrance, for the diary and for never forgetting. I know many people that today, here in NYC, have not even begun to fully recover. So much loss and we brought it on ourselves.

    I decided a long time ago that the one thing I could do of use on this Earth was to reduce my carbon footprint to a teeny one. It's much easier in NYC, because you can walk almost everywhere, the apts. are so small they don't hold much to consume energy with and they don't take much to illuminate,recycling is readily available and radiator heat is used, which is not perfect, but is less consumptive than some other heating methods.

    All it takes to expand our energy future, is for every single person to use less oil and gas, turn off lights, only use one electronic device at at time, wash clothes late at night, eat less meat, walk more, recycle everything--a reduction in any one of these can make a big change, cumulatively. Why is our nation so backward?

    RIP all victims of Hurricane Sandy and all other weather and fire events caused by the rape of our beautiful Earth.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 07:59:01 PM PDT

    •  Thank you. (7+ / 0-)

      We had family friends who were lost in Katrina. That sentiment means a lot.

    •  ...putting my user name to work, (2+ / 0-)
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      I am pleased with this choice. Yes, so much loss brought on by climate inaction and denial. We just returned from down town Palo Alto; it is so lovely there with all of the trees lit up along the street. Why? Why must every tree be lit, every store front lit with bright lights? Just selfishness, we are a selfish nation of people. As I read your words I recognize how right they are to me (and I am trying to teach my daughter, really trying).

      Why is our nation so backward? Why does my highly intelligent, well educated, fair minded, bull shit detecting supervisor think Obamacare is socialist?


      RIP all victims of Hurricane Sandy and all other weather and fire events caused by the rape of our beautiful Earth.
      Thank you.

      "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it is about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivanne Grenne Shop Kos Katalogue!

      by remembrance on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 10:06:27 PM PDT

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      •  In NYC, I have often worked late into the (2+ / 0-)
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        night and the next morning in the big corporate buildings in Midtown. Monstrously huge buildings with lights on all over the place, all night long.

        Often we would be working in only one conference room with no one else on a floor the size of a huge city block and lights were on in every room. My pals and I used to go around turning them off. Also, many floors with no inhabitants at all were lit up like Christmas. I am talking about an OBSCENE waste of energy, for no reason.

        We contacted the building managers and asked that the lights be turned off, but the answer was no. Their excuse is that with people in the building overnight, the bldg. has to be lit to avoid accidents. Such horse shite.
        They need enough light so that planes don't hit the building and that should be done with exterior warning lights.

        The last bldg. I worked in had automatic cutoffs for the lights at midnight. If the rooms were occupied, we had to get up and turn the lights back on--easy to do. They also automatically turned off every hour and a half after that. I loved that bldg. I cannot imagine how much energy was saved at that one huge building just by the lights being off from midnight until someone turned them on in the morning. So easy to do.

        You and Glen are doing a beautiful thing by making TLO
        aware of the sacrosanct nature of the Earth. If every family did the same, the coming generations would not stand for this horrible treatment of our planet. Just teaching kids to not waste water would be an enormous step forward.  


        "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

        by rubyr on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 06:26:37 AM PDT

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