Happy Earth Day!

It’s time for my favorite holiday again. I love spring, and what prettier time of the year is there to celebrate our mother planet? For my part, I plan on giving my car a rest tomorrow (that means either walking or biking anywhere I have to go—preferably the latter) and finally taking in the recyclables that have been gathering in a box in our kitchen for weeks. Does anyone else have interesting plans—Earth Day-related or not—for tomorrow?

16 thoughts on “Happy Earth Day!

  1. Well, it’s no problem giving my car a rest tomorrow, seeing as I don’t have one.  I’ll probably be taking a relaxing hike in the Vienna Woods with my posslq, and our son, if we can tear him away from the computer.  We need a bit of unstress, after two concerts…

  2. Today’s my nephew’s 20th birthday, so later tonight we’re taking him out for sushi.  As for my own private Earth Day celebrations, I’m spending most of the day working in the yard, in close communion with Mother Earth.  I love Spring, too… everything’s blooming… and although it plays hell with my allergies, I can’t help but go around ooh-ing and aah-ing at the pretty blossoms and taking pictures of them.

    Right now I’m sitting outside, watching one of the cats who “adopted” me, lying on her back in the middle of the yard with a full belly and not a care in the world.  Ah, to be a cat!

  3. I celebrate every other Thursday when I roll the 64 gallon recycle bin to the alley.

  4. Yesterday saw a special about Chenobyl, this being the twentieth anniversary.  I am still amazed about the duplicity of the Soviet Union- in the first place, the immorality of not notifying the rest of the world; and in the second place, the stupidity in trying to keep it secret, when it obviously was something that couldn’t be kept secret.  What will never be known is the final death toll- estimates range from fifty thousand up into the hundred thousands.  As my brother said at least twenty years ago, atomic energy is an idea whose time has gone.  Notwithstanding the fact that most reactors in service are safer than Chernobyl, the unfairness of saddling our progeny for centuries to come with overseeing our waste is incredibly arrogant.

  5. I have to admit that I’m at a loss to see how we’re going to meet our energy needs if we don’t take advantage of nuclear power. The waste is a big problem, though, that does need to be solved before we should rely on it to any great degree.

    Alas it looks to be a big part of the U.S. energy plan for the foreseeable future.

  6. For the waste we’ve already generated, waiting for better technologies does seem prudent; but we might consider that our children and grandchildren probably have things they’d rather do than babysitting our radioactive shit.  We are a long way from exhausting alternative sources of energy, especially the unromantic but very efficient and ecofriendly “negawatts”- conservation.

  7. “negawatts” – What?  And drive a smaller car?  Make our new buildings with windows that actually open on nice days? Are you some kind of commie?

    The biggest problem with babysitting radwaste is that it’s in so many (unsuitable) locations.  The next generation is going to get either a big pile, or a bigger pile, or a lot of piles.  If we could ‘get it together’ it would be a much more manageable project, and be available if an economical use for it is found.  There are also projects to develop a transmutation capability in the future that might pan out.  It’s just too early in the game to bury the stuff.

    For the next several million years, all the energy we could possibly use is pouring down on our planet from the sun.  There are a lot of ongoing projects to harvest that energy, and some of them wouldn’t even require pipelines.  There are even projects for recovering waste heat to increase overall system efficiency. 

    Seems only ex-politicians are talking about conservation.  We need to infect the current politicians somehow. 

    High oil prices are the best possible hope for stimulating development of new additions to the worldwide energy portfolio.

  8. We could always shoot all the shit out into space wink – then again i’m sure I heard not long ago that with all the space junk thats already up there,before too long we’ll have created a giant space-shield of trash and in effect imprisoned ourself on Planet Hell.. LOL! – karma

  9. We could always shoot all the shit out into space-

    Well, Frumpa, that’s been suggested- the best garbage can of all, of course, would be the Sun.  Unfortunately, it would require lots of rockets and lots of fuel, so it’s not really feasible.

  10. it would require lots of rockets and lots of fuel

    Wait!  There’s a little company called Halliburten that seems to be able to do almost anything…  vampire

  11. The waste we send there might just go through the sun and end up giving the planet Kudzu a big headache 10,000 years down the road.

    The Sun is, at present, about 70% hydrogen and 28% helium by mass everything else (“metals”) amounts to less than 2%. This changes slowly over time as the Sun converts hydrogen to helium in its core.

    Still, the waste would be out of our backyards.

  12. with all the space junk thats already up there…

    …we look like the trailor park of the universe.  No wonder aliens stopped visiting after we went into space.  I mean, there’s broke down rockets in the “yard” as you drive up, the people who live there shoot at you when you cross onto their property…

  13. No wonder aliens stopped visiting after we went into space.  I mean, there’s broke down rockets in the “yard

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