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Apr 22
2011

For Earth’s a Jolly Good Planet,
For Earth’s a Jolly Good Planet,
For Earth’s a Jolly Good Planet,
That nobody can deny!

Go ahead and ridicule me :)   I know my little twist on that infamous song sucks, but I mean well so I’m willing to swallow my pride for Planet Earth’s sake.  I had asked a more musically inclined colleague of mine to come up with an Earth Day tune, but he chose to defer to his SLA defined response times, and I wasn’t able to produce something cooler for you. 

Happy Earth Day everyone!  Planet Earth, stand up and take a bow.  You’ve earned it!   earthdayYou’ve endured years and years of man’s heedlessness and exploitations.   Gandhi once said “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” 

To be honest, I’m not really a big fan of "special days" – The values being promoted on Earth Day are priorities we should have in mind in our day to day lives, not just one day out of the year.  Every day should be Earth Day!  That being said I certainly understand and appreciate the need for awareness and encouraging involvement for the cause.

I started thinking about what I could do as an individual and what E-Nor could do as a company to "do our share." I googled and googled, but all I found were these boring and mundane  tips and suggestions.  What to do?  That’s when it dawned on me… There’s something to be said for simplicity isn’t there?  We’re so caught up in a world full of 3D ultra thin uber-gadgets that we often have a tendency to over-think things.  Our contribution doesn’t have to be complicated – the simple things sometimes make the biggest difference.  If all of us did a few simple things, we would undoubtedly initiate and affect positive change. 

All of us care very deeply about this cause, so here’s a list of some things that E-Nor and our staff will be doing.  Some of these are Earth day activities, but we will make a sincere effort to make them ongoing.  I’ll report back next Earth day and let you know how we did.  :)

Here’s our list:

  • E-Nor will be matching (dollar for dollar) any donations made by our employees to their favorite "green causes"
  • Stop and smell the roses – try not to get stung by a bee :)
  • Grow vegetables & share the prolific fruit from the beautiful orchard remnants in the backyard
  • Carpool/bike/walk instead of driving
  • Recycle our electronics at recycling centers
  • Start using environmentally friendly cups/plates/utensils at the office
  • Read a book about living green
  • Eat fruits and vegetables for snacks
  • Wear a green shirt on Earth Day :)
  • Use the A/C less in the car (anyone who knows me knows this is a huge struggle for me!)
  • Use a clothesline to dry laundry instead of the dryer
  • Attempt to build/setup a composting process at home
  • Dim lights in the office and open window shades

As you can see, all the above are small contributions, but every little bit helps.  That’s our small contribution to Planet Earth.  What’s yours?  Share your tips in the commments.  Nothing like a little healthy competition :)

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