Was “go green” one of your New Year’s resolutions? Even if your composter is still empty and there are chemical cleaners still lurking in your cabinets, don’t fret — Only 12 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them for a year. Which, frankly, is 12 percent more than I would have guessed. But if you’re like me and the other 88 percent, what can help us keep resolutions is the support of others.
With that in mind, this Earth Day I’m enlisting my family in the greening goals I set for 2011. And by “greening” (aren’t we all just getting sick to death of that word?), I mean treading more lightly on my wallet, my Daytimer, my blood pressure and Mother Earth. Surely THAT’s a resolution worth fighting for!
Avalon Bay, Catalina Island. Credit: Catalina Chamber of Commerce
Though eco-travelers may be enthused about renting greener cars or making their road trips more environmentally friendly, sometimes it feels best to leave the car behind altogether. To that end, I’ve put together this introductory list of “car-free islands” in the U.S. There’s no better time than fall to discover them, when summer crowds have flocked back to the mainland, and these idyllic isles welcome slower-paced travelers yearning for a serene getaway.
With spring comes a near-universal urge to get outside, get fit, and revel in the greening landscape. A great bike ride accomplishes all those desires — and it’s a refreshingly green mode of travel, too.
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Schools Practice What They Teach on Sustainability
Photo courtesy The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum
Talk about hot wheels!
Former president Jimmy Carter will be doing more walking now that a thief made off with his bicycle.
The bikes of the 84-year-old politico and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, were snatched from The Carter Center in Atlanta, home of his nonprofit group that works to advance human rights and alleviate unnecessary human suffering.