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blog action day 2009


I'm not big on spreading info about environmental or political concerns since i believe most people don't want to read about my political leanings. but environmental issues are not always political and i feel that as a citizen i should try to be educated on what's going on in my region. not too long ago there was a big to do about BP (the petroleum company) asking for permits to dump MORE pollutants into lake michigan. yes they already dump pollutants into the lake from Indiana but they wanted to be allowed more dumping.

I thought this was appalling as lake michigan is a source of drinking water for millions of people in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan including the people in my community.  I joined a boycott of BP to make a statement. I still make a point not to use BP gas as they are still polluting our drinking water.

http://www.environmentillinois.org/in-the-news/protect-lake-michigan/protect-lake-michigan/bp-refinery-faces-firestorm-on-dumping-plans

Because of this particular issue, i've tried to keep abreast of local issues as well as do some small things in my household to cut down on pollution. I recycle nearly 75% of what i used to throw away, i use re-usable shopping bags when we go grocery shopping and i've cut down on my commuting by working from home (ok that's a nice after effect of me being lazy, but still nice).

Even the small things add up if we can get our neighbors, family and friends to participate in reduction of pollution.
For more information find the local environmental action group in your state or other sites...see below.


http://www.environmentillinois.org/
http://www.nrdc.org/reference/environGroups.asp
http://www.environmental-action.org/
http://www.saveourenvironment.org/
 

www.blogactionday.org

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