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Old 04-22-22, 01:08 PM
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Happy Earth Day!!

Any ideas how to incorporate Earth Friendly habits, please share....

My recommendations, beside using your bike as your primary form of transportation...I'd think most of us already do that...

Rip out a significant portion of your grass, if not all, mulch over with leaves or woodchips from a tree removal service. No need to buy anything, especially since most store-bought mulches are harvested in an unsustainable way and comes in plastic packaging.

Compost all your kitchen scraps there and allow "weeds" to grow. You don't need store-bought plants, wild "weeds" are just as beneficial, if not more so, to the local wildlife. You will notice over time that that piece of ground will become very dark (Black Gold), which indicates it's holding more carbon, in other words you are sequestering carbon naturally. Also for every 1% increase in organic matter in the soil will hold (like a sponge) 20,000 extra gallons of water (per acre) from rain events.

Not long after building the soil in this area, you can grow anything without use of any fertilizers/soil amendments, because the soil life will provide all the nutrients of the plants And there is no need for any x-icides because of the diversity of life, they are you protectors. (Ref Regenerative Agriculture).

There are 40-million acres of grass in the US, grass that is mowed by very inefficient and polluting lawn mowers. Furthermore, having a monoculture that is mowed every week is counter productive to carbon-sequestering soils and they are a desert to wildlife.




Reduce you use of plastics. Consider using Silicone, the plastic alternative. I have not done this yet, but I'm looking more into it....

https://earthhero.com/silicone-the-p...or%20centuries.)

Silicone: The Plastic Alternative

October 15, 2018EarthHero

Toxins?

In 1979, the US Food and Drug Administration determined that silicon dioxide, the raw material that goes into silicone products, was safe for food-grade applications. Health Canada also states: ďThere are no known health hazards associated with use of silicone cookware. Silicone rubber does not react with food or beverages, or produce any hazardous fumes.Ē

This is based off the concept that siliconeís base material, silica, does not contain the same types of chemicals that are found in petroleum placed plastics. Although we welcome additional research into potentially overlooked chemicals in silicone, what we do know is that hormone disrupting chemicals found in plastics, like BPA and BPS, arenít found in silicone, and weíll take that as a win.

Recycling

Silicone, like plastic, can be recycled multiple times. However, silicone usually has to be sent to a specialized recycling company to be properly recycled. Because of this, many users will simply throw away silicone at the end of its life (where it will sit without breaking down for centuries.) When properly recycled, or sent to a companyís take-back program, silicone can be downcycled into an oil that can be used as industrial lubricant, playground mulch, or another lesser product. One silicone brand, Stasher, partners with Terracycle to ensure their bags are properly recycled!

In the landfill (and in our waterways)

Because silicone is so durable, it doesnít easily biodegrade or decompose. While normal plastics break down into dangerous microplastic pieces that can ingested by wildlife and ocean life, silicone doesnít break down much at all (itís that good!). While this may sound worse, plastic activists say itís actually better for the environment, as large silicone pieces are less likely to get caught in fish bellies, which can cause a multitude of health problems in marine life as well as in humans that consume them down the line.
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Smoking a pig for Earth day. This week a recycled 600 pounds of aluminum cans and 70 pounds of copper wire. Now I’m rolling in $ 430 bucks for trash. Beer and bar b q money and a few fishing trips. New bike tires as well. I’m glad a waited until prices went up making it worth it. I’m glad that mountain of cans is gone the neighbors can’t laugh at it anymore. They will miss it when they notice it as gone lol.
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Were those Keystone light can's?
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Were those Keystone light can's?
Many were Keystone lol. Neighbors would bring me their cans they didnít want to collect them. After a few years they added up the cans made around 300 the copper wire was 133. Now if I had 600 pounds of copper Selling the copper I went thru interrogation had to take a thumb print a photo and have my drivers license scanned thru the system. Since so many people are stealing copper. My shoulders are aching from shoveling so many FRIKIN aluminum cans I donít want to see another mountain of cans for awhile wait a minute I do. Prices are high right now.
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draft for an Earth Day thought

dedicated to those who like to cycle swiftly

The Drop


Oh to be the falling drop;
sole purpose, singly focused
Mother's nourishment,
to dispel a drought?
Falling from the clouds above,
What brings them here?,
What physical fact??
Climatology? Meteorology?
Or, perhaps, ...
it's only the joy of flying so fast!

From cloud to ground,
and what then?
To gather again,
a creek, a stream, then a lake,
far beyond the process
of just soaking in.
To come all together
and go with the flow.
It's OK, cause 'ya know:
it's a physical fact
Whether land or air, speed enthralls.
Or, perhaps, ...
it's only the joy of flying so fast.


I've seen it in Nature,
so surely it's True
The falling so free,
the flowing as one.
Go fast, now slow, feel happy as one.
'Tis a cycle, complexity,
hard to unravel, hard to eschew.
It's OK, cause 'ya know:
it's a physical fact
All the falling and flowing
serves Mother's grand purpose.
Or, perhaps, ...
it's only the joy of flying so fast.

And as the drop ages
and flows to the sea,
perhaps it still has sole purpose
tho' lacking individuality.
It's OK cause 'ya know: it's a physical fact
The Drop prays to the Heavens,
Raise me Up, bring me Back!
Does it happen for Mother's grand purpose?
Nah...I think perhaps....
It's only the joy of flying so fast.

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Never heard of this guy before...interesting story! Thanks for sharing...

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Never heard of this guy before...interesting story! Thanks for sharing...
A beautiful property. I donít know if the whole world can be fed like that, but itís awesome to see what they accomplished by knowing their land and taking advantage of microclimates and vegetation moderating temps by creating shade and releasing water into the atmosphere.
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I wonder what happens to old landfills.
Maybe timber can be grown on them?

Maybe if itís a species known for checking, warping and stress in the wood it can be grown anyway and turned into gluelam beams?
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I wonder what happens to old landfills.
Maybe timber can be grown on them?

Maybe if itís a species known for checking, warping and stress in the wood it can be grown anyway and turned into gluelam beams?
No, the soil is not deep enough for lumber. The info is on page 5 of This pdf document
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Outstanding presentation by Ray Archuleta!! We can farm on a large scale without use of fertilizers/soil amendments, nor any x-icides. The soil life will produce all the nutrients, including nitrogen, for any crop. And at the same time these Regenerative Farms are supporting biodiversity of animal life, cleaning the water, by no runoff, building soils by creating a sponge, as opposed to near cement-like ground that allows for so much runoff. And the crops are far more nutritious, since it's being fed all the nutrients from the soil, not what we feed them.

Almost forgot....And they're sequestering tons of carbon from the atmosphere. You can't do this on conventional farms.



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america celebrated earth day while the majority of humanity starves and shivers meanwhile the more "civilized" of US make war & excess the earmarks of modernity ...........................the earth is not ours to feast upon
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And I was just at HEB deciding on what food to get. Makes you think.
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Speaking of Earth Day, and toxins...


It is also an interesting treatise on how "seeking profit" can let loose some of the worst situations to effect all mankind.
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