As I hope many of you already know, protests of the Keystone XL Pipeline took place a couple weeks ago in front of the white house. These protests went on for 2 weeks and over 1,200 people were arrested; including Bill McKibben and James Hansen. It is quite possibly the largest act of civil disobedience our country has seen in decades.
I wish I had been there.
Not only do I live in the DC area (I’m about an hour away), but I’ve also held a life-long goal of being arrested for a cause I believe in- and this definitely qualified. Yet for two weeks, I heard the news, I thought it would be a good idea to join in, yet I did nothing. Why? Easy- life got in the way.
Everything from missing work would be too complicated, to weekends filling up with schedules and errands, it was always easier to do nothing than it was to commit to something. Besides, my house already uses 100% wind power, we drive very little, eat (mostly) vegetarian, grow some of our own food, reduce, reuse, recycle, etc, etc. And what good would come of being arrested, anyway? Read more…
According toReal Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.
So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.