Monday, March 23, 2009

Where in the World is Terra? -- Traveling for her book, Travelogue 4

American Airlines had an interesting article about guerrilla gardening. They chronicled the history of who some may consider as the original guerrilla gardener, Richard Reynolds. He has a website -- Basically, guerrilla gardening is where people plant gardens in urban areas where there wasn't any plant or tree growth using their own funds. Illegal? Well, definitely guerrilla. Often done at night.

I had a layover in Cleveland on my way to Hartford. No recycling bins. Bummer.

Hartford airport -- recycling bins. Yes! Rocking chairs lining windows -- definitely unique. New Englandish.

I was on the Fox station Monday, March 23, for their early morning news program. They were very excited to have me and had been reading my book. One of the folks at the station, I won't say who, said he/she had mercury poisoning from eating a regular diet of seafood and was now on more of a vegetarian diet. Any seafood this person ate was carefully picked and limited to reduce any further mercury poisoning issues. I talked about Seafood Watch being available on your mobile phone now and how that could be another easy resource to selecting safer fish. This person couldn't understand why unsafe and eco-challenged fish were being sold in the first place, since so many people don't know that they should choose more wisely. I said it would probably take regulation for the mass population to "get it," and that regulation would probably come after we've gone beyond the current ocean crisis into an even deeper habitat crisis that perhaps we cannot resurrect. It is completely frustrating. I just wish every restaurant in American would sell only sustainable fish dishes -- that would be one of my dreams.

In today's USA Today, there's an article "Consumers could foil plans for conservation" about how consumers seem to be buying and installing more energy-efficient lights, appliances, and electronics but then using them more -- which means they don't save any electricity. Hmmm. The idea of being more indulgent with your energy use just because your gadgets and machines don't use as much juice to begin with. One idea I had, when I read the article, is that we all have more energy-grabbing things in our homes -- everything is going digital. So that alone will crank up the meter. Going more green will always be a combination of changing behaviors and changing what we buy. It's like the low-fat cookies -- they're lower fat so you eat more? Certainly if we buy into renewable energy and can pay for it, one might not feel so bad about using energy. But no matter what, it is always better to conserve -- whether it's for your pocketbook, the planet, and/or just because it's better behavior overall that is part of an overall do-what's-right lifestyle.

Finally in the same paper today there was also an article about how the U.S. space station is having to dodge space junk. If we can't take care of our planet, what makes us think we can take care of space? The final frontier.

Next ... St. Louis.

Travelogue 1
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