John and Ben are both on some kind of diet kick, which means that I was on my own again for lunch today.

I couldn’t think of anything I really wanted, so I grabbed Taco Bell and went to the park.  I sat in the car listening to NPR. On the show, they had a Rabbi, a Buddhist, and a Presbyterian Minister talking about the environment (sounds like the lead in to a joke).  The interview started at a reasonable place, saying that it’s hard to claim that you are a religious/spiritual person if you are not actively making decisions to protect God’s creations [from the Rabbi and the Minister] or realizing that you affect your surroundings and be mindful of your decisions [from the Buddhist].  The basics were covered (recycling, getting an energy efficient car, using mass transit whenever possible, etc.).  Then, like most conversations that start on reasonable footing, the extremist started piping in.  The Amish became a topic of conversation, saying that they are the ultimate religious environmentalist.  Soon they were talking about dropping cars altogether, in favor of bicycling.

At this point I started driving back to work.  I did not listen to the entire interview, but my guess is, by the end they will have lost the moderates who will forget the original message of simple things you can do, and write the whole thing off as a bunch of wacco environmentalists.

Jim’s environmental tip for the day:

  • Plant a tree (but not an Oak, as they give off some greenhouse gas or something — I don’t remember, I just heard it on the radio last summer, they were talking about why St. Louis air quality is so bad.)
    • I’ve heard that trees are very good at cleaning the air.  If everyone plants a tree, it will compensate for a lot of harm that they are going to do to the air quality through everyday living.
    • Trees near your house will lower your heating and cooling cost and energy consumption.
    • If you don’t own a place to plant a tree, or your yard is already covered by trees, send me the money you would have spent on the tree.  Once I have enough money, I will buy some land and plant more trees on it (really, I promise).
Submitted by kofuzi at 4/28/2004 1:51:14 PM
    tip that will actually be worth something:

    bring your own bags to the grocery store. or, at least, stop double bagging your gallon of milk that already comes with a handle built in.

Submitted by frank at 4/28/2004 2:12:10 PM

    Penn & Teller’s Bullshit this week discusses environmentalism and recycling. It should be interesting. Bullshit is on Showtime on Thursdays and Fridays. Check your local listings, as they say.