Walking—we know it’s good for us.
Not only is it good exercise, but it can also help us reduce our carbon footprint by getting us from point A to point B.
Yet, so often many of us neglect this simple form of transportation.
Perhaps it’s a lack of motivation, drive or incentive.
Well, you can say goodbye to those excuses. Like every other aspect of our modern world, there will soon be an app for that.
In an attempt to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, Londoners who walk (or bike) around town with their smartphone will soon be reaping some extra rewards.
Using a new app that logs their distance traveled and rewards them accordingly; the technologically savvy and physically active citizens of London can earn points redeemable at shops and restaurants.
It’s the perfect exercise program, combining the human need for physical activity with the human desire to get free stuff.
If this trend catches on, there could be a future of trimmer waistlines and heavier wallets (depending on how often the restaurant rewards are cashed in).
Now if we can just figure out a way to reward people for proper smartphone etiquette, we’d have a nearly perfect society.
More on the Story: MSNBC
…just for fun:
Good news people of earth, according to UN scientists the depletion of the ozone layer has decreased.
This announcement came this past Thursday, which “coincidentally” was also International Ozone Day.
The international treaty made in 1987 which phased out chlorofluorocarbons has been officially declared a success.
As a fan of earth, and an even bigger fan of the protective ozone layer which surrounds us, I have to say I’m excited.
Ozone, for those of you who don’t know, is like the earth’s natural sunblock. It protects the earth against ultra-violet rays.
Unfortunately, it’s depletion is not the only issue thought to be responsible for global warming.
Green house gases such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons and hydrofluorocarbons are also thought to be contributing to climate change. Plus there’s the never-ending stream of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.
But try not to focus on that too much, focus on the positives, like…We Won! Also, we won’t be completely fried by the sun’s ultra-violet rays.
Take that climate change.
More on the Story: Zone Out
…just for fun:
Happy Earth Day!
This day which celebrates all things environmental is celebrating its 40th birthday.
And it’s sure come a long way in those 40 years.
It may surprise some to know that the original organizers of Earth Day were extremely anti-business.
Of course, now this certainly isn’t true.
It seems like every single industry has jumped onto the “green” bandwagon.
Just walk through any grocery store and you’ll see reusable shopping bags; chip bags that biodegrade almost instantly; and probably a stuffed creature of some sort that comes with a pro-Earth book.
It’s an encouraging sign if you try not to think about the carbon foot print of those plush toys and their Earth Day literature.
A tip for those who get blinded by the “green” label: just because it’s made from recycled, soy fiber doesn’t mean you need to buy it.
Earth Day (and being “green”) is about appreciating this one planet we have, and doing what we can to keep it healthy.
In other words: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I bet you can guess which one of those “R”s businesses might have a problem with when it comes to selling their products.
No one ever said this was going to be easy, but it’s a good thing to think about as you celebrate the 40th Earth Day.
I’d like to leave you with some words of encouragement courtesy of Dr. Seuss’ the Once-ler:
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It´s not.”
Or, if you prefer “The Office” brand of encouragement:
“Recyclops will drown you in your over watered lawns. Humans are terrible for the environment.”
Now, go forth and reduce, reuse, recycle.
…also, Happy NFL Draft Day! Go Rams (don’t mess this up)!
More on the commercialism of Earth Day: Earth Day=Big Business
…just one more reminder to take care of our one and only planet: Recyclops
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Or, if you prefer: Happy one day a year when everyone likes to pretend they’re Irish, and use it as an excuse to drink large amounts of alcohol!
Not quite as catchy, but a little more honest.
Now, all you regular readers probably know what’s coming next.
When you’re downing you’re green beer and clothing yourself in every green garment you own, do you know what you’re really celebrating?
That’s right, it’s random holiday trivia time!
Feel free to take notes so you can show off at the pub later:
- The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was not in Ireland, but in New York City in 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
- Until the 1970s Irish law mandated that all pubs be closed on St. Patrick’s Day, and it wasn’t until 1995 that the Irish government began to use the holiday as an opportunity to bring in more tourists.
- St. Patrick (the guy who the holiday is named after) wasn’t actually Irish (much like many of the people who claim to be Irish every March 17th). At the age of 16, he was kidnapped by Irish pirates, and spent 6 years in captivity. He also didn’t drive the snakes out of Ireland, (there never were any) but he did help to spread Christianity in Ireland.
- The traditional Irish meal for St. Patrick’s Day is not corned beef and cabbage, but is actually Irish bacon and cabbage. Corned beef was first used by Irish immigrants in New York City looking for a cheaper alternative.
If you already knew all that, congratulations, you’re a well-informed St. Patrick’s Day enthusiast!
If you didn’t, well, now you’ll have something to talk about between the endless rounds of “Danny Boy” at the bar tonight.
More fun St. Patrick’s Day facts.
Some traditional Irish recipes for anyone looking to go all out this St. Patrick’s Day.
Proof that it’s not really the words that are important, but the overall spirit of the song that counts.
If you have a recycling bin be sure you pay attention to what goes in (look I’m a poet).
Styrofoam is evil, and you can’t recycle it.
To all you eco-friendly new parents out there, coming soon…dirty diaper recycling plants that actually run on dirty diapers (seriously, check it out).
Most importantly, always remember that hazardous wastes have their place, and that place is not right next to your empty milk cartons (isn’t rhyming fun!)
Now that you’re armed with the tools you need help save the world one aluminum can at a time, I urge you to go forth and celebrate America Recycles Day (embrace your inner “green”aholic).
Here are some more tools to help you celebrate America Recycles Day:
Some more ideas on America Recycles Day (courtesy of Waste Management)
…and a fun breakdown of recycling for everyone, brought to you by some classic Nickelodeon: R-E-C-Y-C-L-E