Earth Day, 2008

It’s Earth Day, which means that it’s the perfect day to save the environment for free, plant trees, and donate to a few charities like The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fun.

Want to do more to help the environment?  This list of fifty ways to help the planet should offer plenty of inspiration.

Tom Launches Lower (Carbon) Footprint

Tom announced the launch of Lower (Carbon) Footprint earlier today.  Lower (Carbon) Footprint is Tom’s new blog dedicated to “Green issues”.  Tom has often used his main blog, Tom Raftery’s Social Media, to express his views on environmental issues, energy efficiency and carbon offset, so this veteran blogger’s decision to launch a separate blog should come as no surprise.  If you want to learn more about lowering your carbon footprint, subscribe to Lower (Carbon) Footprint today!

Save the Environment for Free

You’ve probably heard it all before, “For just pennies a day . . . For a one-time donation of . . . With your annual membership . . .” Well, I’m going to say something a little bit different today.

For just minutes a day, you can improve the quality of the environment for yourself and everyone around you who is, or whoever will be, living on our green Earth. That’s right, I said “For just minutes a day . . .” In fact, I sponsor the protection of 96.58 square feet of rain forest and wilderness land, and the removal of 4 pounds of CO2 from our atmosphere, every day for only one minute of my time. Would you like to know how?

Every night, I visit EcologyFund.com and click every red button to save a total 74.8 square feet of rain forest and wilderness land and remove 4 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere. I then visit The Rainforest Site and click the large green button to save 21.78 square feet of rain forest land.

That’s right, by following this routine, you too can sponsor the protection of 96.58 square feet of rain forest and wilderness land, and the removal of 4 pounds of CO2 from our atmosphere, every day for only two minutes of your time. That’s a total of 35,252 square feet (over 3/4 of an acre) and 1,060 pounds (about half a ton) every year!

Want to do more to save the environment? Then please consider planting some trees.

Update: This post is 12 years old, but still popular, so I’ve gone through and removed some dead links and updated the totals. Meanwhile, also check out Ecosia, which uses revenue from your searches to plant trees.

While I Was Away

During my last vacation, Pluto lost its status as a planet. Now that I have returned from my relaxing vacation in Hawai’i, I would like to share some of the important events which happened while I was away.

Pluto is No Longer a Planet

When I left for vacation four days ago, our solar system was composed of nine planets. When I returned, it only possessed eight. The International Astronomical Union approved a final redefinition of the word “planet” on August 24th, 2006; consequently, Pluto has lost its status as a planet. Neither the former ninth planet nor Pluto could be reached for commentary, but it can be assumed that both are deeply disheartened and may consider leaving the solar system in protest.