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December 9, 2012

SHADES OF GREEN: Better safe than sorry when it comes to the climate


Maybe we should end this fight of definition. And instead maybe we should just ask “do we love living on this earth?” I say loudly and enthusiastically — “YES”!!! Then we should ask, “How can we care for it if we love it so much?” and be accountable.

The simple answer that we’ve been hearing all along from Woodsy Owl — “give a hoot and don’t pollute.” The more difficult questions are — how do we get from point A to point B while reducing emissions of air pollutants into the atmosphere? What can we do to reduce the production of emissions? How do we turn love into action?

Bike. Walk. Ride the trolley.

Talk to your representatives about better public transportation systems throughout the city, county, state, country.

Turn off a light.

Turn down the heat just a little.

Turn up the air conditioners a little or think about opening a window instead.

Ask NIPSCO to continue the Feed-in Tariff program that offers a pay back to homeowners that produce electricity.

Ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to allow any one to produce energy — safely.

Let’s get more local farmers producing more local food for local eaters!

Let’s start discussions around Goshen that sees this caring essence as patriotic since it helps all of us, as spiritual conviction because it focuses on caring for the garden and as economic prosperity because it cuts spending/saves us money and our entrepreneurial history tells us — through data — that we as Americans do good things!

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
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