Waste was the topic of this weeks Green Living Course (previous course Energy)
Here are some scary factiods:
- Despite recycling, the average person worldwide generates twice as much trash today as in 1960.
- There is 6 times more plastic floating in the ocean than plankton.
- 16,000 plastic bags are used per second worldwide
- The US has 5% of the world’s population but consumes 30% of the world’s resources and creates 30% of the world’s waste.
- Californian’s throw away more than 5 million tons of food scraps each yea
- If everyone on Earth consumed like the average American it would require 3 to 5 planets.
Last night I started my first sustainability course. Sustainable Works puts on this 6 week, 1.5 hour course focusing on environmental education and action. The City of Santa Monica and LA Department of Water and Power fund the class which makes it free for residents! Check here for upcoming courses in the Los Angeles area. Inquire with your local area government if a sustainability program is offered.
I pledged a week of not using my dishwasher to see if I could deal with the chore of hand washing all of my dishes. While my sink could have looked like this:
Yesterday GreenUp! Solutions held a mixer, we called it an “Eat ‘n Greet” and the location was overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica just at the top of the Santa Monica Canyon. It was a beautiful 70 degree sunny day with a few clouds floating by every once in a while, just in case you were interested. The purpose of the event was to start building a community of ideas and skills in which we can share and learn to make our life and environment better.
Economic news is consistently “weaker than expected”, food and energy prices continue their ascent, genetically modified (GMO) ingredients sneak into organic products. No doubt we are living in unsettling times and the light at the end of the tunnel seems to get further and further away. The good news is you have a community that wants to share and learn ways to make your life and environment better. Cooking, cleaning, commuting, gardening, conserving resources and saving money is just the tip of the topic iceberg.
This event is for you if you want to:
* take control of your environment
* produce more and use less
* share your skills with others
* grow your own food
* support your local economy
* save money
* learn new things in a fun & caring environment
June Gloom is in full effect in California. If you are not familiar with that term, June is normally the month where the marine layer (aka clouds) come on shore and stick around throughout most of the daylight hours nearer the beach. This layer also makes its way to inland Valleys such as San Fernando, which has graciously given us the popular Valley Girl and the saying, “gag me with a spoon” and Santa Clarita the home of Magic Mountain, which some people use that previous term to describe as well.
So what is next for GreenUp! Guy? A totally new career path is in order. The objective line on my latest resume now reads “Seeking a position that promotes environmental awareness, sustainability and benefits the community in which it conducts business.” I think that I can do a lot of field research in and around the farmers’ markets of Los Angeles. I will be talking to these new businesses setting up shop at the farmers’ markets. I will find out what organic food along with eco-friendly craft (will people understand what this means) items that are being sold at the farmers’ markets. I will explore pricing and see how it compares to buying at other types stores (markets). I will find the businesses focused on helping the environment and how they are benefiting the community.