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Going Green: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

April 22, 2011 6 comments

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Happy Earth Day!  In honor of this great day, I thought a  few green links were in order to help us all go green.  Of course, there are very simple ways to start being green by following the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra, and think twice before throwing something out, use steel bottles in place of plastic and try to avoid one time use plastics.   These are all small steps, but they make a huge difference.  Moreover, we can use public transportation as opposed to taking a car, or if you must drive buy an electric car.  Another great idea is composting your garbage.  There are so many smart Eco-friendly ideas, and thankfully there are websites out there to find the perfect green steps to take for you.

The first website I would like to share is Earth911.com where you can find articles and videos advising of tips to reduce your carbon foot print as well as a handy search engine to find local recycling centers for electronics, cell phones, compact discs, computers, floppy disks, game consoles, ink jet cartridges, MP3 players, medical equipment, office machines,records,cassette tapes, etc.  Earth911.com

Another website is for the Earth Day Network where you can obtain news, program and donation information, quizzes and yes, you can even measure your carbon foot print!  EarthDay.org

Lastly, a very helpful website to go green while helping out your neighbor is Freecycle.org.  At Freecycle, you can advertise items you are looking for and/or wish to donate, and as the name states it’s all for free.

Lest ye’ forget, the best way to go green is bring your family, friends and communities in on the action.  Rally your elected officials for cleaner and more efficient methods of public transportation, garbage and recyclables collection and most importantly issues inclusive of clean water,  clean air and clean energy.  Thanks to all for making the effort to make our world a better place for us all!

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  ~Native American Proverb

The White Ribbon Campaign

The White Ribbon Campaign is your opportunity to help end violence against women and girls.  You can support this cause by entering your name and email address on the petition located on the right side of the website for the link below, and if you wish you can take further action by availing of one of the fliers with more information for individuals, students, faculties, organizations, etc.  In addition, organizations can enter into a partnership agreement to help end the violence.

This is a great opportunity to help those who are in need of your assistance.  Thank you for your support.

The White Ribbon Campaign Petition

Domestic violence causes far more pain than the visible marks of bruises and scars. It is devastating to be abused by someone that you love and think loves you in return. It is estimated that approximately 3 million incidents of domestic violence are reported each year in the United States.” -Dianne Feinstein, American Senator

License to Save Lives

April 4, 2011 1 comment

This month is National Donate Life Month.

“Good looking out, Sis.” I loved hearing my brother say those words. He always appreciated people looking out for each other, and for me it was one of the greatest compliments he could ever give. It is also one I will never hear again.

My brother went into a coma after a fall and eventually passed away.

My family did discuss organ donation, so we knew my brother’s wishes; however, due to the circumstances of his death, I did not think my parents could handle the process. Surprisingly, they were stronger than I imagined, and my brother eventually became an organ donor.

At the time, my brother was not officially on the donor registry, so my parents had to go through a check list of organs that could be donated. This process was very difficult for them.

By enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry, you can save a life and spare your family the anguish of the decision.

This month is National Donate Life Month, and the New York Organ Donor Network is working with the Department of Motor Vehicles for a Donor Registry Drive. You can sign up at the DMV or online through the New York Organ Donor Network: Register and Save Lives

Thank you, and on behalf of my brother “good looking out.”

“Good Looking Out…”

-Jimmy French Jr.

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