One of my earliest memories of being an environmentalist comes from sixth grade. Once a week or so, my teacher would read a portion of the book 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth. I remember being so enthralled with the book and its tips that I bought my own copy from a used bookstore. I wish I still had that book, but I haven't seen it in years.

I remember a lot of the tips were things like turning off lights when you leave a room, using the three Rs and not wasting paper. I may have hated carrying the three recycling bins to the curb each week, but I knew that it was all helping the planet. And while those things seem like common practice to me now, I think that book had a lot to do with the shaping of who I would become many years later. Now, I can't imagine leaving every light on even if I am not around, but things like that will be the subject of many future posts.

So now, while not armed with that book, I am armed with The Green Book. And I'm ready to continue my mission of caring for and saving the environment. I made an active decision for 2008 to focus on being environmentally friendly. I'm very happy with the things I accomplished that year, even if just on a personal level, and I've continued that goal into 2009.

The environment is my passion. This space is all about my thoughts, my practices and things I learn in an effort to restore this planet to its natural beauty.

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