January 3, 2007 at 12:50 am #3027POBOParticipant
Well another year has come and gone. I have a question to ask you paddlers who read this board.
What will you do to reverse the effects of global warming? Will you reduce, re-use and recycle? How will you try and do your part to make this planet last for future generations?
Personally I plan on growing my own vegetables and buying locally grown food. I will also use my recumbent bicycle for 98% of my travel and public transportation for the rest. I will hassle my friends to buy gasoling with ethanol in it and turn their car off at stoplights and quit their idling.
I challenge you all to make a difference.
POBOJanuary 3, 2007 at 3:02 am #22820redstar3313Participant
turn off their car at stop lights? are you kidding me?January 3, 2007 at 4:07 am #22821HawkeyeParticipant
Talking to a friend over the holidays that has just started to do this. Apparently, one minute of idling consumes the same amount of gas as restarting your engine, so idling longer than one minute is worse than shutting off the engine. Personally, I don’t think many lights take that long to change, and it somehow feels safer having the car running and in gear.January 3, 2007 at 1:39 pm #22822CoryParticipant
I drive a Civic hybrid that will shut the engine off when you come to a stop; I love how quiet it is.
I try to do one major thing a year, whether it is installing a solar wall or buying that hybrid. Not sure what I can afford this year but am looking at using solar for my hot water heating as it seems to be the cheapest application of solar technology.
CoryJanuary 3, 2007 at 3:25 pm #22823seabornParticipant
aJanuary 3, 2007 at 3:33 pm #22824BobbieParticipant"Hawkeye":2e3x24j7 wrote:Apparently, one minute of idling consumes the same amount of gas as restarting your engine.[/quote:2e3x24j7]
Actually, it’s more like 10 seconds of idling = restarting the engine. Also, restarting the engine won’t damage or put excess wear on modern vehicles (except perhaps the electric starter motor).
HOWEVER!!! If everyone stops their engine at red lights there would be total chaos and incredible amounts of wasted gas due to all the idiots that force people to miss green lights! Only hybrids should turn off their gas engines at red lights. [b:2e3x24j7]Maybe if you live in the boonies this works, but can you imagine if everyone turned off their engine at a red light at University and Spadina!!!!! TOTALLY ASININE!!!!![/b:2e3x24j7]
Want a better idea for saving fuel….. Get rid of all the stupid 4-way stops in the country! Why the &^#$#$^ do we have 4-way stops? Obviously all the POBOs of the world know that roundabouts are the best, but the infrastructure costs of getting rid of 4-ways is like 10 cents, and we’ll save millions of litres of gas.
What do I do? What I’ve been doing for the past 4 years….. Making sure I live less than a 10min walk from work….. Imagine if everyone did that! Yeah, I still own an SUV… It’s a wonderful utility vehicle for my sportsJanuary 3, 2007 at 3:40 pm #22825mark.dParticipant
challange for POBO , try not stirring the pot with trolls , thus wasting energy from peopleÂ´s computers who type endless dribble in response . just kiddin,
on the serious side , here in mexico city , garbage bags are cut open right in the back of the garbage truck, it is seperated on the spot and recycled , every little bit , then again at the dump , (people live and walk around in the dump collecting recyclables) however I don’t even think the welfare cases of ontario would do this for a job.January 3, 2007 at 4:35 pm #22826harrisParticipant
As a serious question – how much of the recent climate problems have been proven scientifically to be caused by ‘greenhouse effect? I’m not being facetious I just haven’t done that much research into it. I’ve heard people argue from both sides but what are the ‘facts’?January 3, 2007 at 4:51 pm #22827BobbieParticipant"mark.d":3oxmzngl wrote:challange for POBO , try not stirring the pot with trolls , thus wasting energy from peopleÂ´s computers who type endless dribble in response .[/quote:3oxmzngl]
Yo mark… Using a laughing smiley face doesn’t make you any less of a hypocrite"harris":3oxmzngl wrote:"As a serious question – how much of the recent climate problems have been proven scientifically to be caused by ‘greenhouse effect?[/quote:3oxmzngl]
Yo harris… Let’s not go there….. Fact is, wasting fuel is stupid, and with 100% certainty we know it’s extremely bad for the environment and geopolitical issues, regardless of what anyone thinks about global warming…January 3, 2007 at 6:16 pm #22828BoydoParticipant
Go rent "An Inconvenient Truth".
Al Gore presents some pretty frightening facts about what we have done and what is happening to the planet climate wise.January 3, 2007 at 7:02 pm #22829harrisParticipant
I wasn’t trying to get into an argument, really. I was just curious what you people thought about it. Pretty obvious things can’t be sustained the way they are going. Regardless of whether or not this is a fluke weather pattern or greenhouse effect I think it might wake people up to the fact that something has to be done. I’m not a huge fan of Gore otherwise I might have rented the movie.January 3, 2007 at 7:07 pm #22830JayakParticipant
Isn’t 70% of recycling going back into land disposal?
I plan on taking public transit and hugging a tree!
Happier Paddling Less Happier Stopping at traffic lights.
JayJanuary 3, 2007 at 7:29 pm #22831windowshadeParticipant
I’ll go to the forest and hang up those little car scent pine cones on trees to freshen up the forest, so it’ll smell the way it’s supposed to.
Windowshade ” title=”Cool” />January 4, 2007 at 1:53 am #22832MerielParticipant
I sure miss the snow, we ‘ve had 1 day of it in Kingston. My family recycles what we can, we try not to buy what we don’t need and pay attention to how things are packaged. We have "Bullfrog powered" our home and bought carbon off sets for our vehicles. I realize that throwing money at this huge problem doesn’t solve anything but, when we you pay non-subsidized hydro costs you take care how much electricity you use.January 4, 2007 at 3:50 am #22833VixParticipant
Whether or not we were (or weren’t) designed for it…
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
(Food for thought)
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