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Green Tips to Celebrate Earth Day Weekend in Style.
by Bike Power
Earth Day 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico,
resulting in the death of 11 men. Two days later, as the DWH rig sank, the world
became witness to a gusher that spewed at least 4.9 million barrels of
crude oil into the open waters of the Gulf. (As you can imagine, no corporate
or government official is making it easy to find the exact amount of oil that
gushed from the wells.) By comparison, the Exxon Valdez tanker spill of 1989
dumped 32 million gallons (not barrels) into Alaskan waters...
For Earth Day Weekend on
April 20-22, 2012, conscious creatives and organizations that are working for
a more sustainable world have teamed up to rename BP as Bike Power. As President
Obama reminds Americans, "The most important thing we can do to reduce
the price of gas is to reduce our demand on oil." So, for one weekend, to celebrate
Earth Day, to reduce oil demand and to commemorate the lives and livelihoods
lost in 2010, the Bike Power Weekend organizers are challenging all Americans
and citizens worldwide to garage the car and self-power their lives. Who knows
what kind of insights and changes can be made during this weekend long return
to a simpler, slower life where we reduce our reliance on all petroleum products
to as close to zero as possible?
Below please find
31 Suggestions for the 1st Annual Bike
Power Weekend. Please forward this information to your local paper,
list this on your Facebook page and tell your friends. Invite everyone to learn
more at the Facebook.com/BikePowerWeekend
event page. Add tips of your own to this list as well!
for Bike Power Weekend
There are no
rules. We just encourage you to find ways to use less oil and petroleum products.
Here are some suggestions:
- Gift a bike to your
or children's advocacy group, so that those in most need can pedal their way
to health and greater fiscal health, too. FYI: If you get a receipt from Goodwill
you can deduct this as a charitable contribution on your taxes!
- Ride a bike to work
and for your chores. Plan now to make this happen all weekend long.
- If you can't ride a
bike or walk, choose mass transit or carpool, instead of driving.
- Videoconference, instead
of flying to a meeting.
- Use canvas bags instead
- Eat local, organic and
low on the food chain. (This means, no chocolate or coffee. for Americans
and Canadians. Acck!)
- Plant a tree.
- Pay bills online.
- Reduce, Re-use and recycle.
- Replace your light bulbs
and CFLs with LED lighting.
- Test drive an electric
- Send this article to
your local newspaper and ask them to publicize Bike Power Weekend.
- Send this article to
10 friends and ask them to send this article to 10 friends.
- Join the Facebook community
page at http://www.facebook.com/BikePowerWeekend
- Have a great time promoting
clean, green healthy living. Include kids & teens.
- Join Time's
Up! Environmental Group. If you live in NYC, participate in Time's
Up! Polar Bear Ride on April 22, 2012 at 1:30 p.m., starting at Union Square
- Learn how the Netherlands
and Germany promoted physical and fiscal health through their bike-centric
societies in Natalie Pace's HuffingtonPost article, "Green.
- Stop investing in oil
in your 401K, IRA, annuity and pension. Learn more in the free BlogTalkRadio.com
show on April 19, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. PT (noon ET). (Call-in number:
(347) 215-7305.) Read the article on Green
Investing to learn how investing in a cleaner, greener world pays
the highest return.
- Invest in a clean energy
exchange traded fund. Search iShares
for options. Here are three possibilities: (ticker symbols) ICLN (iShares),
PBW (PowerShares) and PBD (PowerShares).
- Use wind, solar and
geothermal energy to power your home, office and electric car.
- If you must drive, gas
up on Thursday and don't refuel until Monday.
- Get creative about avoiding
oil for an entire weekend!
- Share your solutions
and experiences on the Facebook Bike
Power Weekend event page and with your friends.
- Organize a Critical
Mass Bike Power Weekend bike ride in your town or city for Friday, April 20,
2012 (and the first Friday of each month thereafter). Get more information
and/or post your event at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass
- Unplug your cell phone
chargers immediately after your phone is charged. (Leaving it plugged in is
like leaving the lights on all the time -- a big energy drain.)
- Tour the first platinum
LEED rated home in the U.S. online at LivingHomes.net.
- Join or start a Bicycle
Advocacy Group to make your community more bike-friendly and to raise awareness
of the benefits of bikes through advocacy, programs, education and outreach.
- Get more green tips
in the Energy Savers Guide at http://www.energysavers.gov/tips/.
- Buy and use less of
- Parents: Check out
this cool bike/stroller and share the link to TagaBikes.com
with your friends.
Yours in Peace, Green,
Health and Prosperity.
2012 Bike Power Weekend
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