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The Green Life: Green Ways to Mark Memorial Day

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May 25, 2010

Green Ways to Mark Memorial Day

Memorial day As we remember the sacrifices of our servicemen and women this Memorial Day, it may be worthwhile to ponder a few eco-conscious ways to help commemorate those that will be honored this Monday.

Considering the serious national-security threat caused by our dependence on foreign oil coupled with all that oil currently washing ashore in Louisiana (and the military's response) – stark reminders of the environmental impact fossil-fuel dependence can have on our soldiers, ecosystems, and communities – why not commit to spending your Memorial Day fossil-fuel free?

If you're traveling on Monday, perhaps do it by walking or biking instead of relying on a car. You can also visit a national park to honor those who gave their lives to defend our country and all its beauty. Another option is to enjoy a scenic hike and a vegetarian picnic at your favorite open space. You could spend an hour writing a letter to the editor of your local paper to spread the word about the need for greener transportation options to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

--Sarah A. Henderson

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