Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day 2016

While it may not have any sanctions for non compliance, the Climate Change agreement signed today in Paris by over 150 countries, is a significant achievement on this Earth Day.  As a minimum, it is a symbolic triumph for a landmark deal that once seemed unlikely but now appears on track to enter into force, years ahead of schedule. U.N. officials say the signing ceremony will set a record for international diplomacy. While Elaine and I have been involved is some interesting activities on this day over the years, our events today were pretty routine. We did mow part of the lawn and added the clippings to the compost pile. Our "daily chores" include sorting our newspapers, magazines, plastic containers, tin and aluminum cans, etc. for going to the recycle center. We turn off lights when they are not needed, minimize our water usage, as well as our gas consumption. For us, all of these "conservation practices" are routine and practical, but if the designation of one day a year where they can be emphasized helps encourage sustainability, we are pleased that Gaylor Nelson was instrumental is getting it established some years ago.

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