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15 posts from July 2006

July 01, 2006

Party for the Planet

Earth Dinner: Fun FactsGood food, friends, and conversation are the classic ingredients of a great dinner party. Organic Valley adds an ecofriendly twist with its "Earth Dinner" concept, a do-it-yourself theme event with seasonal regional recipes, take-home favors of herb starters or wildflower seeds, and "creativity cards" that keep the conversation flowing with thought-provoking questions about what food means to you, your family, and the place you live.

Fast Fact

Barbecuing on a gas grill emits half as much carbon dioxide as using charcoal briquettes.

One Less Car

One Less CarLong a slogan of bicycle activists, One Less Car is now a city program in Seattle that challenges households to give up driving one of their autos for a month in return for car-sharing vouchers and discounts on bike-safety classes. Some participants have dumped their extra vehicles for good, says David Allen of Seattle's transportation department. "Once people know about other options, they stop doing the knee-jerk jump into the car." cityofseattle.net/waytogo

(Illustration by Mark Matcho)

Fast Fact

The typical U.S. household spends about 16 percent of its budget on cars.

Advice for the Kitchen and the Kids

Hey Mr Green In the July/August 2006 issue of Sierra, Mr. Green contemplates the "howling metallic tornado of superfluous technology" that is the garbage disposal, touts the benefits of going wild (when it comes to salmon), and encourages a young activist.

Have you tried any of the new indoor composters now available? Got any advice of your own for aspiring young environmentalists? Send your thoughts and questions directly to Mr. Green, or weigh in in the comments section.

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