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6/17/10 1:00 P

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This is a great piece, thanks for sharing. Not enough people are making sacrifices anymore when needed, like they did during the two World Wars and other needed times.

We also are not taking personal responsibility for actions and realizing that even our single actions have a ripple effect; like every time we fill up our cars with gas, or choose the drive-thru rather than turning our cars off and being active, not only physically but socially.

There needs to be more accountability, not only by governments and companies but by individuals.

I don't own a car, I can't really afford one. I live close enough to walk and take public transportation to my work. When we do need to use a car for out of town trips we rent one and are considering using the drive-share program in our city.

The oil spill has really made me consider other areas of my life that I can be more responsible in, environmentally and ultimately socially, because our actions, whether or not we like to admit it, affect the greater society in which we live and all peoples including the animal people, bird people and fish people.

Edited by: ADYLEIGH at: 6/17/2010 (13:01)
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6/17/10 11:29 A

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Hey everyone-
I've been spreading this column around to friends on Facebook and stuff lately hoping it can be influential to others. I thought people in this team would definitely enjoy it as much as I did!

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I already use as little fuel as possible, having bought a house 3 miles from my office and never making unnecessary trips that can't be combined with other errands. I also have a scooter that gets 100 mpg that I ride whenever weather permits. But I admit, I feel like a total hypocrite getting into my car and heading to the gas station, but I haven't done anything to really change that.

I'm happy to report that my fiance has agreed to help me convert a diesel car (my next car) into a waste vegetable oil car ("grease car"), and I hope that we can do that sooner vs. later. My plan was always to use my current car (a '97 with 157K miles on it) until it was literally dead and no longer drivable, which is supposed to be the best financial investment and better for the environment I guess...but I'm starting to think more seriously about selling that car now while it still has some monetary value, buying a diesel, and making the conversion to vegetable oil. Any thoughts?

As environmentalists, maybe you were already making lots of sacrifices in your life, but has the oil spill changed anything else you've been doing?

Nicole

Edited by: COACH_NICOLE at: 6/17/2010 (11:32)

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