I'm 41 today, and I'm entitled to some serious wallow for that reason.
But I have too many things to do so I'm not going to get any time to wallow pointlesslessly or wonder how in the hell this happened. Single. 41. A day job. A new life. Again.
It's not just my birthday, it's also Earth Day. So here are a few tips for you on how to be more green without having to exert yourself.
-You know those great lightbulbs that last longer and save the world? Well, they have mercury in them. Poisoning the environment seems a foolish way to avoid global warming, so don't throw them in the trash. You've got to dispose of them at the local recycling center. Or just throw them in the bin labelled "Fluorescent Bulbs" at the recycling area in IKEA. It's usually past the registers, near the exit. Don't break them. Baaaad idea.
-Switch your power provider. In NJ, we are able to pay just a little more in exchange for getting all our power from renewable sources such as wind, hydro, and solar. But it isn't very helpful if it's just me. Everyone should do it! Check here to see if green power is available in your state.
-Cut back on cows. In the UK, everyone is yammering on about the damage that aircraft are doing to the environment. Well, fine, I've been advocating local transport for a long time. But the cow industry creates 18 percent of C02 emissions, more than cars and planes combined. Don't just take the train the next time you have to cross Europe--rethink that fast food "just this once." Cut back on the red meat and dairy. Your green karma will be good enough to use a few normal lightbulbs and fly across the Atlantic.
-Patronize the farmer's market for your veggies. Okay, easy for me to say. Once a week, there's one in the park in front of my new apartment.
-Take your own cloth bags to the supermarket. Does this sound mad to you? Then buy the supermarket cloth bag so you don't look like a bag lady. I have a Shop-Rite one that I use over and over and over. Holds more than plastic and saves me the uncontrollable plastic bag collection problem.
Happy Earth Day.