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Save the Earth One Flush at a Time

Happy Earth Day! I was just reminded by one of our beautiful alumna Susie (Erickson) Anon that it is Earth Day. I’m going to use the excuse that I was slow to the honoring of Mother Earth because I make an attempt to be a good citizen of the planet every day. In fact, I am developing a project that will honor our amazing planet and educate in a contemporary and relevant manner. While I can’t share details on that project yet, I would like to share what Susie posted that reminded me:

Happy Earth Day to everyone that calls this beautiful Earth home. We are thankful for all that Mother Earth has given us. I invite you to join me and so many others as stewards of the land to ensure our children and future generations can live a happy and healthy life. Let’s give more than we take. Let’s lead by example. Reply and let us all know what you want to do to make a difference. Our individual and collective efforts do make a difference.

Before you head out and take care of our planet I want to share a few more tidbits that I find interesting and helpful. Some quotes to remember: “The Throw Away Doesn’t Go Away;” “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle;” and my favorite “Save Water Pee In the Shower.”

In fact, if everyone in the U.S. flushed the toilet just one less time per day, we could save a lakeful of water about a mile long, a mile wide, and four feet deep every day. It’s amazing how simple little things can compound and make such a profound impact. I’ll leave you with one more example from the Sunnyslope County Water District website in Hollister, CA… “The average American uses 140-170 gallons of water per day.” Let’s commit to being better stewards of water. What are your tips to conserve? 🌏 ❀️

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Catching up on your musings… had to add to this one to switch to reusable menstrual products like cloth pads and menstrual cups. Cups were a life changer. Seriously a little annoyed I didn’t know about them sooner. Would have been awesome to have when I was still a competitive gymnast. And another plus is how much trash they prevent.

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the other thing is not littering and trying to avoid buying plastics – as it all ends up in our oceans. I’ve done so many beach cleans with surfers against sewage, and the junk – particularly from plastics from cottonbuds, and microbeads is just awful. I can be so lax living in a country that does not have a drought issue (if there’s something we’ve got in abundance in Scotland, it’s water!!) but it shouldn’t matter. I need to be better at not buying bottled water, turning the tap off while I’m brushing my teeth, not getting distracted after I’ve… Read more »

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A Renee

Granted I reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, in a rather old neighborhood, so we don’t have any particular rules about keeping lawns green or porches power-washed, but I conserve by not watering the yard or washing my car for most of the year. Again, we’ve had quite a rainy year so the plants are healthy and my car is relatively clean (dusty, but that doesn’t require water to fix), but it never made sense to me to have plants that wouldn’t survive without human intervention. This, of course, isn’t an option everywhere… but making decisions like planting drought-tolerant… Read more »

Erkki Corpuz
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Erkki Corpuz

I collect water in a pail while I’m waiting for it to warm up before a shower. I then use that to flush the toilet, which is like a “free flush” each day.

Laurie
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Ooh that’s a great idea!!!

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Kelli

I do try to use environmentally friendly products, composting, recycling, and I conserve water & energy when & where I can. I didn’t put a garden in last year because of the drought, instead I bought from local farmers. I’m going to plant a few more fruit trees in a spot that will not use extra water. My neighbors irrigation ditch runs between our properties (as does mine but I do not irrigate) & there is a slight slant in his pasture so water & “fertilizer” is abundant. I have a massive fig tree & blackberry thicket near the property… Read more »