Today I read an article on Green Biz that President Obama has rejected a carbon tax for polluting companies. Instead the article said he wants to invest in clean energy technology to boost green job growth. In a previous speech I heard him state that his goal is to provide each American that wants a job, a job. Well I want a job Mr. President. Any ideas how to make it happen? I am interested to see how these big goals will actually be accomplished. There are many of us highly capable educated professionals that are racking their brains on how to land that job. I’m just curious how Washington is going to make that dream come to fruition to a couple million people. I have worked for 3 clean tech starts ups all of which ended in lay offs. Money isn’t always the issue. Having worked for 2 solar companies and an electric vehicle company, money is needed for countless hours of design, pre-production and testing, but that is being done by a handful of engineers. So if Washington invests billions into clean tech start ups, it won’t be to employ the couple million that are unemployed. Most likely it will be a few out of work and the majority will be currently employed just shifting companies. That is not enough to solve the grand problem of displaced people. There needs to be a systematic approach. Maybe the article didn’t do the president or decision makers justice, but it isn’t just renewable energy that will provide the opportunities for Americans. There are many avenues to reducing our environmental footprint and hopefully it won’t solely be the president that will talk about helping the unemployed. It takes everyone. I’m sure the president won’t be able to make that job connection, letter of recommendation or look at a resume with hope. May all of America see this as a problem to be dealt with and not just relying on someone else to solve it. It takes all of us.
“you are what you eat” September 19, 2010
We have all heard that phrase. Usually it is with regards to all the junk food we eat and what the ramifications will be. However, this time I will use the phrase differently. Our skin absorbs whatever we put on it thereby entering our system. Ergo that is why there are topical medications.
Now think about the many products you put on your skin. Obviously that quantity is a lot higher for women. Do we ever think of eating those products? Of course not! Gross! But it is said that what we put on our bodies, we are “essentially” eating. So if we take that mindset and look at the ingredients of our daily products, what actions would we take? Do we say, “who cares, I have been applying them this long and nothing has happened.” Or do we decide to take action by believing this fact and changing our beauty habits? (Guys you can take action as well. This includes your soap, shaving cream, aftershave and more for the metro sexual.)
I have decided to take action. This week I purchased soap, toothpaste, face wash, toner and moisturizer that can “essentially” be eaten. Well, that is what the manufacturer claims. However, I will just take their word for it.
We are a lazy people. I will be the first to state that I am. Yes we all joke about how microwaves take too long, fast food is convenient and that it takes too much effort and money to take better care of ourselves. But my final thought for you to ponder is this. Does it sound absurd to use the excuse “organic is too expensive”‘; therefore, I have decided to eat something that is chemically laden instead? Our affiliation that food should be cheap is so skewed. We have been trained to think that food should be cheap. Therefore, we feed into what they want us to buy. How else would the giant food corporations remain so big and continue to grow? Fight the system and do something that will actually be beneficial for you.
Besides, do you really want to pour yourself a nice glass of moisturizer for dinner and a plate of makeup for dessert?
Fast Food Nation June 17, 2010
Due to my new job and long commute, it has been very difficult to post about my “green” adventures.
However, I am staying up past my bedtime to post a review of this movie. I am absolutely appalled at the distaste of a movie that is supposed to represent the poor quality of food in America. Instead it follows plot lines of drug use, human trafficking, sex and the like. I finally had to turn it off because I felt so uncomfortable watching it. After turning if off, I read the description on the Netflix envelope.
It actually said that this movie follows the beef from the corral to the slaughterhouse to your stomach. Yeah right!!!!! If you want something with real information without all this Hollywood intervention, watch Food Inc, Future of Food, 11th Hour… do not waste your time watching this movie.
Ironically I know of a person that became a vegetarian after watching this move when it came out a few years ago. After watching it, I don’t even know why they would. There was not a shred of actual information. Instead amongst all the drugs and inappropriate situations, they just focus on the meat having fecal matter in it. OK, well how about some more information. Instead they fill it with scenes that are going to bug me because I personally don’t want to fill my mind with smut.
And that is what this movie is… SMUT!
Baby steps to being green & why you need to be…. March 29, 2010
It is my goal through this blog to communicate to you to what I am learning about the green economy and positive steps you can take. Green used to be synonomous with being a hippie and if you weren’t, you were a yuppie. Of course those words are not used in my generation. Rather if that is the ideal you embrace, you are seen as being very left wing. But coming from a strong Biblical conservative, I can tell you that isn’t the case anymore. I watch the 11th Hour, which is the documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Gorbichav. Although I do not agree with their anti-Biblical beliefs, their information on the state of the world was an eye opener. On a different, but similar note; Georgeously Green opened my eyes to see the food, that I have been eating my entire life, in a whole new perspective.
Indulge me if you will and give some thought to the topics I will share with you. If you have any comments or suggestions, please email me. If you have any job leads, please send those as well.
Tonight will be a quick topic: Milk
Americans would probably be prone to doing whatever was cheapest and easiest, opposed to what was environmentally and bodily friendly. The dollar was always my driving force. I would buy milk, yogurt and diet meals based on what was on sale not thinking of the ramifications. Milk is generally something we all consume. But let me paint a picture for you of what it is you are actually drinking. Like I said, please keep an open mind and don’t stop reading because you don’t want to spend more money on USDA Organic and rather be ignorant of what is really going on.
Cows are treated as a commodity rather than letting them just be animals. I am for eating of animals. I am not a vegetarian. However, I rather eat/drink from an animal that had a “natural” life opposed to being injected with hormones, antibiotics, artificial insemination and packed in small spaces like pickles. (sardines have a lot of room in their packaging) The rBGH that you may see on milk products is a hormone that causes the cow to produce a heck of a lot more milk than their body was intended to produce. By milking them practically continously, it causes their udders to drag on the ground. That can lead to infections. I don’t know about you, but based on the treatment alone, I don’t want to support those mass producing dairys.
I know you may be saying, “I have been drinking milk my entire life and nothing has gone wrong. Who is to say I will ever get sick from the crap they inject into the cows and who cares about how they are treated?” Well, I wonder if you would feel that way if you actually got a first hand view of the farm. I don’t need to go that far to change my opinion. I am forking out the bucks for the small farms that are producing the milk naturally – USDA Organic. Don’t buy anything other “certified” milk . It needs to say USDA Organic to be sure of what the cows were fed, that there were no chemicals involved and that they were on a pasture. If you still don’t care, go right on and continue to plague your body and the bodies of your children with chemicals and supporting cruelty to animals. As stated in 11th Hour, whatever you purchase you are agreeing to the process by which it was made, the materials that went into it and what will happen to it when you don’t need it anymore.
Forgive me if I sound rude. This is a process for me too. We make decisions based on what we know. So I, like you, am just beginning the learning process. Good night!