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Recycle, Reuse, and Make a Commitment to the Environment

Updated on July 8, 2014

Thank You Rachel Carson

In 1962, the book "Silent Spring" was published, and with its publication, the voice of environmental protection was born.

Rachel Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist, known certainly within her academic and scientific circles, but relatively unknown to the American public.

Until "Silent Spring" was published. With its publication, environmental concerns entered the public and political discussions, and the horrors of pesticides such as DDT became common knowledge. Silent Spring was, or course, fiercely opposed by chemical companies, but the dam had been broken, and eventually the book led to a ban on DDT and other pesticides, and led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by President Carter.

I was just entering high school when "Silent Spring" was published. It was required reading by the time I entered college in 1966. I was amazed, saddened, and angered by the information contained in that book.

And then I entered the “real world” and promptly forgot all about it….or should I say, I chose to ignore the warnings.

Like so many others, and I suspect this article is being read by some who understand what I am about to say, I began living my life, and making money, and buying possessions, and among those possessions was a home, and the home meant taking care of the lawn and gardens and…..

Taking care of the lawn and gardens meant using fertilizers and yes, pesticides, and of course it meant using energy, and I admit, I took the easiest way out because, hey, I was a busy man, and I had no time to worry about the environment or other nonsense.

And the Nonsense Continued

It was not until 1992 (true story, with God as my witness), when I was teaching an environmental unit to my middle school students, that I came to the realization that I was a hypocrite. For a full thirty years, after reading Rachel Carson’s damning book, I continued to live a life of excess and convenience, ignoring the scientific evidence and wreaking havoc on the environment.

Since 1992 I have slowly changed my ways. I say “slowly” because changes of this type and scale do not happen overnight. We do not alter a lifetime of waste in a single moment, but if we are willing we can change.

I was willing.

I am willing.

The frame for a rabbit hutch
The frame for a rabbit hutch | Source
No pesticides in this garden
No pesticides in this garden | Source
Reused bamboo
Reused bamboo | Source

This past Weekend

My wife and I were cruising the countryside on a lovely Sunday afternoon when we spied an item on the side of the road with a “for free” sign on it. My two favorite words are, by the way, “for free.” We stopped, loaded it up in our pickup, and immediately knew what we would use it for.

You can see it in the picture to the right of this article. I don’t know what it was originally, but for us, it is the beginning of a rabbit hutch. All we have to do it staple some chicken wire around the outsides of it, nail some legs on it, cut out a door in the wire side, and we have a beautiful condo for a New Zealand White.

The beauty of recycling!

We do this all the time by the way. We are constantly looking for someone else’s discards that will fit perfectly on our urban farm. The quail hutch we recently built is made completely from recycled materials we found elsewhere.

The lumber used to make our raised garden beds is all recycled wood.

The bamboo trellis we made for our grapes and berries was also free.

And what about those pesticides that Carson warned us about fifty-two years ago?

We don’t use them.

We control bugs in our garden using a spray made of garlic and red pepper. It is effective and safe for the environment. We also control slugs by allowing weeds to grow in-between our raised beds. The slugs wake up, crawl out of their little underground bedrooms, and start munching on the weeds and never make it to the vegetables growing mere feet away.

And we don’t fertilize the lawn because, well, lawns are evil and serve no purpose.

Drying clothes the old-fashioned way
Drying clothes the old-fashioned way | Source

Every Little Bit Helps

We have a clothes line in the backyard, and we hang our clothes out to dry during the summer. Is it convenient to do so? Hell no! Is it the responsible thing to do as a citizen of this planet? Hell yes!

We make our own compost for fertilizer because, well, I hate Monsanto Corporation. We feed table scraps to the chickens and quail and yes, soon, to the rabbits. We grow our own berries, fruits, and vegetables because we don’t trust the food sold at supermarkets and well, because I hate Monsanto Corporation.

We recycle religiously, give extra to the poor, and we are continually finding ways to provide for ourselves and others without harming the environment. We collect rainwater in barrels, we keep the lights turned off during the day, and on and on and on we go.

Are We Wasting Our Time?

I’ve had people tell me that what we are doing is a complete waste of time, that the problems are so huge as to render our meager efforts as meaningless. This is a huge world, they say, and the problem is too large, they say, and to them I say…..I DON’T CARE!

What we are doing is the right thing to do. Who among you truly believes that pesticides are not dangerous? Who among you believes that our resources are in such abundance that they will never run out?

Faced with the knowledge that pesticides are dangerous, how can anyone justify using them?

Faced with the knowledge that we are, as a society, depleting our natural resources, how can anyone justify wasting those resources?

Faced with the knowledge that we are slowly killing ourselves and our planet, how can anyone justify continuing to live a life of waste and convenience?

Future projects from recycled materials
Future projects from recycled materials | Source

Will I Make a Difference?

I don’t know. Honestly, the problem is so huge, that I do not know if what I do makes a damned bit of difference.

But I know I am right, and I know I am doing the right thing, and that allows me to sleep well at night.

There will always be those who have no social conscience. They will spend needlessly, they will waste resources, and they will plunder this planet for their own needs and greed. I can do nothing about those people.

But I can do something about myself, and as a writer I can do whatever I can to spread the word and raise awareness.

Recycle, reuse, and make a commitment to the environment.

Rachel Carson, I Am Sorry

An excerpt from Silent Spring:

“The history of life on earth has been a history of interaction between living things and their

surroundings. To a large extent, the physical form and the habits of the earth's vegetation and its

animal life have been molded by the environment. Considering the whole span of earthly time, the

opposite effect, in which life actually modifies its surroundings, has been relatively slight. Only

within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species—man—acquired

significant power to alter the nature of his world.

During the past quarter century this power has not only increased to one of disturbing

magnitude but it has changed in character. The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the

environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal

materials. This pollution is for the most part irrecoverable; the chain of evil it initiates not only in

the world that must support life but in living tissues is for the most part irreversible. In this now

universal contamination of the environment, chemicals are the sinister and little-recognized

partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world—the very nature of its life.”

Carson tried to show us the way, but many of us ignored her warnings. Now we are paying for our transgressions.

We can all do our part. The change will be difficult at first, but eventually it will become second-nature.

Recycle, reuse, and make a commitment to the environment.

Please….before it truly is too late.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, either they don't get it or they simply don't care, and neither one is acceptable. Thank you and happy weekend to you.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I am with you on this one Bill. And while we don't recycle/repurpose everything in our house, we are doing more. Even my daughter thinks twice about throwing things away. Makes me proud. We recently came home from the beach and I was saddened how much plastic was laying around the small back roads. People just don't get.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Daisys....it takes a commitment but I think it is worth it.

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      DaisysJourney 3 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Ooh, I like that idea! Many of neighbors have small gardens on their patios and I'm sure they could benefit from that. I will have to ask. Thanks for the input.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisys, good for you. I applaud your efforts. Maybe approach the apartment owner and ask him if the tenants can make one large compost bin??? Might be worth a try. Then you can make it out of wooden pallets so there won't be a cost.

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      DaisysJourney 3 years ago from Midwest, USA

      I have become the recycling Robin Hood in my neighborhood. My apartment complex doesn't recycle, but the neighborhood around me, my school, and my friends' neighborhoods do. I have been known to take a late night stroll and deposit some recycling into a neighbor's half full bin. My students have even become used to meeting me at my car Thursday mornings to bring my recyclables into the school recycle bin. I also bring recycling to my friends' homes when I visit, which I've been told makes me weird.

      I want to start composting again, but it is harder in apartment living. I am, however, forcing my best friend and my boyfriend to compost at their homes and they have lovely gardens now. I can't garden. My thumbs are black and kill all plants, but I welcome all vegetables from my friends' gardens (except for peppers - they give me hives)....

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, Barbara. I love garage sales, but lately there has been this new phenomenon where people just put their unwanted stuff on the curb. We'll be driving along and there will be something we need for the yard...this weekend we got a free compost bin by being in the right place at the right time.

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I'm in total agreement with you. That is why I even like garage sales etc. It is reusing instead of wasting and saving money at the same time. I've been trying harder lately to grow more of our own food. I always have up until the last few years, but I'm at it again.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey. I just read an article that will lead to me writing another article about corn. What I discovered blew me away....trust me, this ties into the recycling thing. I love your attitude and willingness to do extra to help save the planet. Carry on my dear.

      love,

      bill

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I've taken my recycling, reusing commitment a step further. I no longer buy leather handbags, belts, etc. I now look for these kind of items made out of natural fabrics or make my own from recycling fabrics.

      My next project is to find large bolts of natural fabric from Good Will or Salvation Army and make my own sheets and pillow cases.

      I love this hub Bill and I love you too!

      Audrey

      The chemicals used to process materials for new clothing are toxic both to humans and to the planet.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you are a walking, talking example of this article. Well done my friend. It's an honor to know you.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think you know me well enough to know how I feel about this lifestyle. We learn by our mistakes, and I believe that most people look for a little guidance on how to better their lifestyles. Rachel was an excellent guide, and she affected your lifestyle. She did her job. She affected other people, too, including those of the future. We are spreading her word. Not only that, drying your clothing on the line is natural bleach. Your clothes last longer, due to the fact that you are not breaking them down. I could list a hundred solid reasons for what you are doing and how it contributes to good living. Everything that you do matters, if it makes you happy and you feel good about what you are doing with your lifestyle. Multiply that for five people that you touch,five that they touch, and it goes on down the line. My lake is changing for the better. People are picking up trash that they see. They are paying attention to the natural world. One step at a time, and Rachel will be smiling down upon us. You'll see.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I love that....yes, it did make a difference to that one. Thank you for that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I love it....they can go jump...LOL Yes they can my friend. Thanks for the laugh.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, that is exactly the lifestyle I'm talking about...except for the rabbit thing of course. Thanks for sharing your memories....and just for being here.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Your question about whether you can make a difference reminds me of the story of the little boy with his father, picking up starfish on the beach. The little boy says to his father that there are so many, how can they possibly make a difference by throwing a few out to the ocean. His father picked one up and threw it out to the sea and said it made it a difference to that one.

      We can all make a difference, Bill.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Nicely said Bill, as long as you feel happy doing what you do, and feel that its right, and yes it is right! Then whatever anyone else says they can go jump! I love it! If I lived in a place like yours I would do it too, even though I live in a maisonette I still recycle and make things out of other old things, and barter, and so on, nice one!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Bill, this is a valuable hub, when I was living with my grandparents, everything we had to eat mostly came from the garden and my grandpa raised chickens, pigs and cows for meat, and hunted game for food, when I learned to shoot and I shot my first rabbit. there was no eating rabbit for me.

      I admire you for your way of life.

      Voted up, UABI, and shared.

      Blessings to you.

      Shyron

      But everything was used nothing wasted. clothes were washed in rainwater. My "Great Aunt Hattie" grew herbs for health and sickness.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you are right, Dianna. I believe you are, and I'll continue to do my part, as I know you will. Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This was a great read for me this morning. I love hearing how people are making a difference through frugal living and healthy choices. It is not a useless effort, it will make a difference to anyone's quality of life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cecile. As a writer, I have the power to at the very least raise awareness, and that is what I try to do.

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Another great hub billybuc. Willingness to try is the key. Love what you are doing with your hubs in helping to educate the public and protect the environment. Great videos. Voted awesome!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Peggy, for all that you do regarding recycling. I just think it is so important that we all do our part.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We also do a lot with regard to reusing things and recycling. I had not read the book "Silent Spring" but from the excerpt you included, I know that it must be very good. Thanks for the reminder of just how important this truly is!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, as soon as this heatwave breaks I'll finish up that hutch. Right now it is just too hot.

      of course, I'll have pictures of the finished product.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo. I miss George Carlin. He always had a way of speaking just to me, and he always knew what I was thinking.

      blessings my friend.

      bill

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Bill

      You are so right. It is everyone's responsibility and everyone's loss when the damage is irreparable.

      Kudos to you for the rabbit hutch; it will be a pretty luxurious dwelling for them, plenty of space and all without harming the environment.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      This is a great subject bill! I hang up my clothes on a clothes line as well. They seem to smell fresher than throwing them in a dryer. I really enjoyed the George Carlin video. Perfect touch. :-) Awesome writing with useful information. Great thoughts here. Shared and up! :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      travmaj, I smiled as I read your comment, and I love it. Washing outside year round...that would be heaven for this boy. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, anyone with a brain would be impressed by Carson's book.....I would hope at least. The truth is sometimes hard to swallow, but that does not make it any less true. Thank you.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Thanks for the reminder Bill, I have Silent Spring on my bookshelf, time to re read. We are much into recycling, still on tank water (off the roof) just gets low in summer. We have quite a reasonable recycle programme run by our council. Oh yes, and my washing goes outside all year around. Rabbits run wild here and I haven't been tempted yet, I love all our wildlife visitors.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for creating this hub, Bill. Reminders about the importance of recycling and reusing are very important. (I was impressed by Rachel Carson's book, too!)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Jackie, I know I shouldn't be laughing but I am. :) Yes, my son and I had a snake once, and rats and hamsters were his preferred meal....like watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      My dad raised rabbits to eat when I was a kid but I loved those rabbits and I could not eat a bite though everyone did say they were so delicious. When I got older I raised rabbits and sold them though and a little of everything. Amazingly hamsters was my biggest money makers though selling to pet shops for $1 ea and each female had 15 or 20 and this was real often. I didn't find out til later most were going to feed peoples pet snakes! Eeek. And I bred them to be so beautiful....

      Great hub of interest as always!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for Croatia, DDE. I wish more countries believed that strongly in the environment.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good writing as always. I am so used to having natural goods around me. The environment has to be protected. Croatia does not allow any ship to dock at the bay with oil leaks laws here are very strict.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I love it! Thanks for that. Now we just have to influence a couple more million people. :)

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. You are doing the right thing and I appreciate it. You may not think you are making a difference but you are. Just look in my backyard at my raised garden beds and know that you had a great influence in this happening. The change does come slow, but I feel that we are moving in the right direction here. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Express. Yes, the rabbits should be quite comfy in their home once I get the wire stapled to it....and thank you for your kind words.

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      H C Palting 3 years ago from East Coast

      That is a good sized rabbit hutch and everything you are doing is appreciated by those of us who know that many of our practices are harmful whether for the short or long term. Cheers to you for not being apathetic and being a man of action.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We can always hope, vkwok! Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      If we all do our part, we might actually be able to reverse the situation. Thumbs up, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, I sleep well at night knowing I'm doing the right thing. Like you said, that is priceless. Thank you my friend.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Will you change the world? Probably not, but you are doing the right thing and that is priceless. Of course, if everyone followed your example, little by little things would change. Here's to you, billy! Voted up, awesome, useful, interesting and beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It was indeed, Deb, but no longer. :) Thank you!

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Great article. By the way, I think the rabbit hutch was once a canopy bed.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shelley. Every single time we recycle we are helping in a small way, and hopefully all those small acts add up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Theresa! It seems that the life of convenience affected us all at one time, but we eventually learned, didn't we?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Better Yourself, welcome to my HP neighborhood, and thanks for sharing your thoughts on this important matter.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MG...now if people only heed the warning.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Those who say the problem is too huge for one person to make a difference, must be thankful that all the people worldwide who are trying, even in a small way, to make a difference don't think the same way. You and Bev give back to the environment and we all thank you.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I remember reading Silent Spring in college and it changed how I looked at life and the planet we are borrowing Like you, I have not always been as careful with chemicals as I should have been. But recycle/reuse comes pretty easy. I was ffortunate that both of my parents families operated that way, so it seemed natural to me. Blessings! :) Theresa

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      Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Well done, Well said and Voted up! You certainly put my efforts to shame but I truly believe that every little bit makes a difference because a little bit here and there adds up. I am really big on recycling, we don't use pesticides in our backyard garden and we try to reuse and be creative with what we already have. There is more we can do and you are right, it is a lifestyle change that doesn't happen overnight but implementing something new one thing at a time makes it easier and eventually it really does all add up. Thanks for putting such a wonderful topic and article out there and hopefully it inspires someone to take the first step!

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      A very timely warning for the human race. Great hub

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you dear Ruby. Amazing? Just two people who care, as do you, so you are amazing too. Yes, for sure, I miss George Carlin.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, that was a very sweet thing for you to write. Thank you. It's funny, but we just had this conversation last night, about the town we live in. The change to a liberal, environmentally-conscious city started back in 1966 with the opening of Evergreen State College, a liberal arts, alternative school that leaned heavily on environmental study. Three generations later we have a city of 45,000 that cares deeply about the environment. Change can happen!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill you and Bev are amazing! Believe it or not, it's rubbing off on me. I want to do everything i can do to save our environment. I read an article that said that we would soon be without water because of the chemicals and the greedy oil companies. I'm so glad you added George Carlin's video, i've watched it many times. I miss him. Thank you for being you..

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      howtopam 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Hi Bill

      You know; for many years I have despised those who throw litter out of the automobiles into the ditch as they motor down the freeway. I cannot tolerate those who dump their car cigarette ashtrays in the parking lots or those who toss their cigarette butts on the ground and I get frustrated with those who do not recycle their good used products but instead transport the items to the landfill.

      So much could change with a little effort. But the wastefulness of society has gone on for too many decades to be turned around without changing the mind of the population. Unfortunately, such a complex change, if to be made effective, must be gradual, transforming the minds of the proceeding generations. If it has taken 100 years to create the problem, then it could reasonably take 5 following generations to repair the damage through changing the population's mindset. But the solution to the problem begins with those now able to take action - one man or one family or one child can make a difference.

      Thanks for being that ONE.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I see red whenever I hear of the word "fracking." Talk about an irresponsible use of this earth. At times it appears this battle will never be won, and maybe it won't be, but I refuse to give up. I know there are many out there like me who want to see change, and bless you my dear for caring.

      Eight times? I love it! I'm saying a silent prayer to the HP gods. LOL

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Manatita. I was interested in that African video too, and pleasantly surprised by their efforts. Blessings always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, it is humongous to say the least....but I don't know of anything else to do but keep raising awareness and trying to win small battles. Thanks for your realistic thoughts, which I agree with of course.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      watergeek, I simply can't imagine justifying a large lawn in California, but I know it happens often....keep winning the little victories my friend. They add up.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      You're so right that change on this scale is nothing short of a tectonic shift! Plus, I think people get so overwhelmed by gravity, complexity and reality of it all, that they just give up. But every little bit helps! Thanks for living the green message!

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      watergeek 3 years ago from Pasadena CA

      I just wrote a hub about how to improve your shower and I'm so torn! Although I do my best to conserve water, a great functioning shower encourages a greater use of water, not less. Then there's my new (I've lived here a year) landlady's lawns, which she doesn't want to get rid of. I'm in charge of watering and, after worrying that I only watered once a week (deeply), she started complaining that she has high water bills . . . . Well, duh! In Southern California, with big lawns, during a drought? So now I'll be looking for nice looking natives that can replace at least some of the lawn, and see if I can persuade her. Your hub is motivational, Billybuc. Thanks.

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billy buc; Voted up, useful and awesome. LOVE the rabbit hutch! Please give your rabbit a hug for me and please do not eat it! It is so wonderful what you are doing for the environment...keep those hubs coming! I loathe chemicals too. You are such an inspiration!

      It really is terrible that so many disregard our environment. Fracking is a huge issue in our area...they are already doing it in Pennsylvania, and offering thousands of dollars to homeowners to get them to move so they can frack away! I can't even stand to see litter on my morning walks! Many times a beer bottle has been thrown on our lawn during the night.

      I drew a (lousy) picture of a globe in my prayer notebook and placed it in the hands of God.

      THANK you for your writing contributions. You are SO treasured and loved by many.

      By the way, THANK you for mentioning me at the beginning of your book, along with the others who read your manuscript! God bless always, Sparklea :) PS: the hub notifications are comical today...they mentioned your hub 8 times in a row! I was cracking up...I thought, "well THAT is a way to advertise Billy Buc...he deserves it!" LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, I love that you are slowly bringing about change. Good for you and you are right, it is slow going with kids for sure. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you are oh so right. I cringe when I think of that fact....this is on our shoulders. Dammit! :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, I think you'll enjoy the book if you read it. Thanks.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Interesting and definitely forward-thinking approach. Glad that Carson won against the interest groups. They exist everywhere and are supported by powerful lobbyists.

      Interesting African video. So good to see such an unusual effort! every bit counts.

      You seem to have mastered the art of frugality. Well done, Bro. God bless.

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      Kelly Umphenour 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I feel saddened by how destructive people are to our environment so we can have so many things. I'm too, slowly, going the way of reuse, recycle. I do make my own compost too...this year I'm adding a rain barrel to my garden. It's slow going when you have kids but I try to I think that it will become a necessity before too long - for everyone!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      The words of a song to come mind. "If everyone lit just one little candle, what a bright world this would be."

      Change to: "If everyone recycled, reused, and made a real commitment,

      what a cleaner world this would be."

      It is our generation that has taken advantage of the state of plentiful.

      Our parents and grandparents did not live to create waste. They made use of everything and wore it out several times.

      Thanks for the reminder, Bill. Really nice hub.

      DJ.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I need to read "Silent Spring." Great hub every little step counts, hopefully we can turn around the devastation we have begun. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I just heard about HP sending this hub out a bunch of times. Too funny! Well, that's one way to get noticed I guess. LOL Thanks buddy.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      billy the intro to this hub had me reading more and more.. I remember that book.. it was an eye opener and yet years later some of us don't do our part.. it is afterall our children's world.. yeah very good ub.. It was so important that hubpages sent it to me nine times..:) again useful and a re-eye opener

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Ruby....we simply have no need for new items. We can easily find everything we need at garage sales or by the side of the road.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      I think so too.

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      And repurpose. We love helping nature too in as many ways as we can. Garage sales and thrift stores provide many of our wants and needs. Great book by the way, my Dad must of read it too, he did a wonderful job showing us how to rebuild and reuse things.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That sounds wonderful, Ann....have a great time with those little ones. Bev is going to be gone this weekend so it will just be me, the three dogs, and the six chickens sweating in the heat. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the kind words, ologsinquito.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ologsinquito, it sounds like you have a small struggle on your hands with your husband, but I have no doubt you will win. :)

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Very well, thanks, bill. Some rain and thunder at the moment but lots of sunshine in between. Looking forward to a long weekend with grandchildren whilst parents are away - I love having them to myself!

      Thank you for your kind words, bill.

      Ann

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      I forgot to say great article. All of your articles have such a good, practical message. Voted up and shared.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      We also try to recycle as much as possible. When you think about it, there is not much that we need. I want to move stuff out of my house so someone else can use it. My husband, on the other hand, likes to hold onto things. I've been encouraging him to watch Hoarders on television.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, i would rather hang with one optimist than 100 negative-Nellies. :) Thank you for being you...we need more of you my friend.

      A hot week here. I hope this finds you well.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      As you know, bill, I'm totally on your side in this and have practised much of what is here nearly all my life because of the philosophies taught to me by my parents.

      It's common sense and it's a moral stance; how can anyone say otherwise? We all win by it. So what if there are only a few (by comparison) following this path; if each persuades another or a few to do the same, then in the end everyone will follow.

      Always the optimist, me!

      Have a great afternoon, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's all we can do, Eric, is keep plugging away at the problems, of which there are many. Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravo, Eddy, to your grandson Neyo...and what a great name, one I've never heard. We had a weather station at the last school I taught at and they are wonderful learning tools.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I never thought about the pollen problem...interesting and thanks for sharing that. I love your purse made out of recycled material...just love it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, thank you for your eloquent comment...honor our planetary home...love that line.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great stuff here Bill. We have done away with the chemies but I am afraid our water supply is full of them. Oh well we keep working on it.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another great hub Billy on such an important subject which affects us all. My seven year old grandson Neyo was chosen along with two other eleven year old girls to give a talk at local councillors offices about a project their school has been taking part in all year called Operation Energy. There were ten other schools also present .To make me even prouder Neyo's school came first and they won a Weather station.it is so nice that our children are taught in this way. Again I vote up, across and share this hub Billy. I hope you and Bev are having a great day.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Friend Bill, you are a man of me own heart, or our hearts, perhaps I should say. Mr. B collects things to recycle to the point that I call him a hoarder. My son who lives in our former home in town is collecting lumber, siding, and roofing materials to build him an outdoor storage shed. We don’t have a recycling program in the country, so each day I rinse out and give my lunch containers (if I’ve eaten a frozen dinner) and soft drink bottles to my coworker who lives in town to recycle for me.

      Bill, I have a very pretty purse I carry everywhere in the summertime. I get loads of compliments on it, but you know why it is so beautiful? The exterior is made entirely out of recycled materials, and I am sure to tell that fact to everyone who pays it a compliment.

      I would like to hang laundry out to dry, but it isn’t healthy for people with allergies to hang their laundry outside in a state with a pollen count as high as ours. As a child I enjoyed having the windows open, but we can’t do that because of the pollen. Also, an open window today is asking for a prowler to come inside. It’s such a shame.

      What you do is one step in making a difference. This may be a big old world, but if everybody did his or her part, I believe things would be very different. Love your new rabbit condo and your hub.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I love your hub and your whole attitude. No matter what the reasons are for our planet to be trouble, the fact that we honor our planetary home by nurturing the ground we walk on, that in itself is a healing experience for ourselves and the planet. Thanks for sharing Billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jeannie. I have the feeling I'm preaching to the choir, but it makes me feel good doing so. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think you are right, but those days are over. Now it's a canopy bed for rabbits, and that rabbit poop is going to help our garden grown,and on and on we go. :)

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      Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      You are right - you can make a difference! It does not matter if the problem is huge... if each person changes, then everything does get better. Thanks for sharing, Bill... and thanks for keeping the environment a little nicer.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      You're a man after my own heart dear Bill. You're doing you part to care for your little corner of Earth. If everyone follows suit, those corners will grow and grow. It's never a waste of time to do what morally - and environmentally - right.

      BTW, your rabbit condo looks like it might have been a homemade canopy bed at one time.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie....Irish....you had me laughing with the grooming products. Hey, hows MJ? Tell him hello for me, and I'm sending a hug of friendship to you. Thank you my dear and it is so good to hear from you.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Recycle, reuse, no pesticides . . . music to my ears as well you know my dear friend! Nice one and love the condo for your new white rabbit! You really do exceptional work in your own little corner of the recycling world . . . . just gotta get you making those homemade grooming products and those face creams Bill and you will be even more chemical and pesticide free. Congrats on another classic.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rachael...she was very much a pioneer in her field, the voice of change. I hope you enjoy the book.