Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I love the coloured pencil filter!

It's been a been a while since I did a green/greener post! if you missed it the first one is here and the second is here. This is a little different to my last 2 green/greener posts which have been art focused. In a round-a-bout way it was actually creativitiy that inspired me to write this post though! Last night while I was looking at home made wreaths for imspiration and I came across this blog, The Zero Waste Home. I thouroughly enoyed reading here, not just the recent christmas post but also through the archives. This lady has some great ideas and is refreshingly honest about how hard a goal like this is to achieve! Please go check out the link to her blog and also the link on her blog about the christmas card exchange which not only recycles cards but helps a charity too. Very cool!
Here is a link to another green christmas post which I enjoyed. Nice to read that the White House is using LED lights this christmas- I hope the NZ government is following this example!
By now nearly everyone on the planet should be aware that we each have a carbon footprint but most of us don't have any idea how big that actually is. I decided to work out my own footrpint after reading this article where the author talks about the hidden mess we make in/of the planet. My score result showed that I would need 2.41 planets to sustain my lifestyle which is actually considered to be fairly small by comparrison with the majority of results, but it's obviously not small or alright. The test isn't extremely detailed (I would have liked it to be more specific) but it dosn't take too long to answer so please give it a go. Admittedly, it is a little disheartening to realise that my footprint is 2.41 planets and  to be honest, I don't think I have a hope of getting it down to just one planet, but the test (and the articles mentioned) did atleast get me thinking about ways I can improve on things.  Because the test is generalised and not that specific it may not register as a change when I test it again next year but I will know it's better and hopefully at least a little bit smaller.

So..whose brave enough to share? What's your score?

PS: This score if 2.41 planets is my household's footprint, not my indiviual one. There are 5 of us but as I make most of the purchasing decisions and other evironmental choices, my decisions influence our footprint the greatest. Ultimately the desicions I make also influence those that my children make. I hope that they will hold the things I believe in as their own values when they are older and not just do it 'cos Mum said!'


Debrina said...

Nice Lisa - and we have to realise our limitations on keeping the green footprint down. Being alive doesn't help. Ha ha. So don't beat yourself up too much. What you're doing is probably already 10x better than most people.
It is also heartening to know that even China -one of the world's worst polluters are finally doing something to mitigate the problem (see their eco vilage plans, although some are back-firing)
Lovin your experiments using photoshop, btw.

John M. Mora said...

lovely image and the flying birds in the blog amaze me...how did you do that?

Yahoo has images of Orca whales body surfing in NZ.

Corrine said...

Yoicks...1.83 planets, and I thought I was pretty good. I really can't think of much else I could be doing to go green...apart from solar panels ,maybe. lol. Great images

Mick said...

I really dislike having to make remarks that are so political but I completely reject the entire socialist premise of global warming, carbon footprints, etc. As I've said many times before, we should be good stewards of the flora & fauna as both are impacted locally - that means: in our little corner of the world. If you really want me to take environmental issues seriously, and with Debrina's comment in mind, continue investigating China and Eastern Europe, both of whom do next to nothing to address real, not manipulated computer modeled, environmental problems.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Hi Mick, thanks for your comment.
I totally agree when you say we should look after our own little corner of the world. The problem gloabally is so huge it's tempting to think why even bother? I can't make a big enough dent and even if I did, China is producing enough pollution for everyone. From doing the test I did realise I could actually make better choices in my own corner.Recycling everything so it dosn't end up in my local landfill and beyond is not enough. Supporting my corner better will hardly make a dent in the global problems but it will make a positive difference here that has a ripple effect elsewhere. I'd feel better knowing that.