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Top 3 Gifts For The Planet This Holiday Season

Top 3 Gifts For The Planet This Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing, and that means people are scurrying around the malls and online retailers, looking for presents that will make their loved ones smile.

Even though you might be thinking about reducing your impact on the environment as you shop for, choose, and wrap this year’s gifts, you might not realize that the planet has a wish list of it’s own.

Here are three things we can give, support, or do to make the planet a cleaner, happier place in the New Year:

1. Keep Oil Rigs Out Of The Arctic Ocean

The ongoing saga of the BP oil spill might have prompted U.S. officials to extend the ban on new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but the delicate waters of the Arctic Ocean are still fair game for oil companies.

The Wilderness Society writes:

“There is only a limited scientific understanding of the biology of the Arctic Ocean, and cleanup of spills is nearly impossible especially with the darkness, fog, wind, and ice of the Arctic. Clearly, this is one of the last places where oil development should take place, yet Shell Oil and other industry behemoths are trying to win access to these waters.”

Take Action by refusing to purchase fuel from Shell and other Arctic drillers, and signing these petitions:

Keep Arctic Wildlife Safe from Drilling Rigs
Ban Oil Drilling in the Arctic – No Compromises

2. Go Digital

Between iPhones, laptops, and “the Cloud”, there’s almost no need to print or distribute paper copies of documents, memos, or records. Make a point to go completely paperless in the upcoming year, and you’ll not only help reduce the massive amount of paper waste generated each year, you’ll also rediscover what your desk looks like without all that clutter.

Take Action by opting out of phone books/junk mail, and removing yourself from direct mail marketing lists, and signing this petition:

Stop Unwanted Junk Mail

3. Share Something

Our society has been focused on serving the needs of me, myself, and I for so long, that sharing is a foreign concept to many people. Despite what the big box stores may tell you, sharing things instead of hoarding individual items all to yourself is a great way to improve relationships, save money, and reduce your daily environmental impact.

Think about reintroducing yourself to your community by coworking, joining a CSA, using a car or bike sharing program, or sharing your yard space to grow food.

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2:02PM PST on Dec 18, 2010

Thanks for the wonderfull ideas...

12:38AM PST on Dec 17, 2010

thanks, great ideas...

9:46PM PST on Dec 16, 2010

Oh yes, sharing! I agree. We all have forgotten the power of sharing.

9:46PM PST on Dec 16, 2010

THANKS

11:12AM PST on Dec 16, 2010

Sharing

9:29AM PST on Dec 16, 2010

YES, thanks.

12:43PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

Most people won't go out of there way to change. We need incentives to get people to start changing so the new act becomes habit.

9:20AM PST on Dec 15, 2010

Shame on everyone who didn't say yes! It's not hard--you can recycle, pick up trash, stop littering, stop buying plastic bottled drinks, etc.

7:48AM PST on Dec 15, 2010

yes indeed

5:09AM PST on Dec 15, 2010

I did sign two out of the three petitions. At $18,000 a year including Social Security, I don't feel I can afford to spend money buying gifts for the whole planet.

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