Happy Earth Day!

Posted by on Apr 23, 2010 in Bali, Sandbox Photography, Thailand - Chiang Mai, Uncategorized | 16 comments

Chiang Mai Sunset

Happy 40th anniversary Earth Day. Whether we are arm chair budget travelers or on the road, we all need to think about our planet. This may seem idealistic and naive to some, but I’m a firm believer that we can have a huge impact on improving our environment one person at a time.

I’m often appalled at some of the environmental abuse I see when traveling through South East Asia. As beautiful as these countries are there is also a staggering amount of environmental ugliness. I think some of this can be solved simply by some conscious thought on the part of travelers in these parts.

This past winter I discovered MacDonald’s coffee in Chiang Mai. I know, I know…………MacDonald’s….how could I? Well, their coffee is good and it is a heck of a lot cheaper than the neighboring Starbucks. However, I digress.

Everyday I would get my coffee, and everyday the server would give me creamer, sugar, and a stir stick. Everyday I would give the stuff back. I drink my coffee black, so I have no need for any of it. I’ve gotten to the point that whenever I get take-out, if I’m given something I won’t use I give it back. Do you?

I was also in Kuta Beach this winter. I will probably never go back. Standing taking a photograph of a beautiful sunset I realized I was surrounded by discarded plastic straws. Every where I went I noticed that restaurants and convenience stores were giving out plastic straws. Plastic breaks down so slowly, so these straws will be around for a long time to come. Why businesses don’t use paper straws is beyond me. I now refuse plastic straws whenever and wherever they are offered. Do you?

I was in Seoul last week at a wonderful traditional restaurant with their own garden. We should all be growing more whenever and wherever we can. Here’s a shot of that beautiful tiny oasis in the heart of Seoul.

Happy Earth Day --Saving the earth one garden at a time-- Restaurant Garden -- Insadong Seoul

Post a comment, and let me know what you do to help to save this planet we call home.


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16 Comments

  1. Thanks for the reminder about Earth Day, Nancie. I have been to Kuta Beach as well and was appalled by the amount of plastic floating in the water. One of the little things I do is to carry shopping bags with me around the world and use them. It’s small but it helps.

  2. Nancie, first I want to say, great job in the new blog appearance! Secondly, I want to thank you to remind us to be green. I have to admit that being on the road where things are easier in smaller package (so you don’t have to haul excess), I use a lot of these disposable not so environmentally friendly items. But now I will try reduce that to at least giving back things that I don’t need.

    I guess my green contribution to the earth is to carry my own bags when I go grocery shopping (except if I don’t plan for it, or if I need the plastic bags for other use). These bags are ranging from my day-pack, strong built and fold-able grocery bag (literally green), and 2 thin bags that fold-able into tiny pouches (the one that you can get in travel stores. One of them, again, literally green).

  3. Nancie, first I want to say, great job in the new blog appearance! Secondly, I want to thank you to remind us to be green. I have to admit that being on the road where things are easier in smaller package (so you don’t have to haul excess), I use a lot of these disposable not so environmentally friendly items. But now I will try reduce that to at least giving back things that I don’t need.

    I guess my green contribution to the earth is to carry my own bags when I go grocery shopping (except if I don’t plan for it, or if I need the plastic bags for other use). These bags are ranging from my day-pack, strong built and fold-able grocery bag (literally green), and 2 thin bags that fold-able into tiny pouches (the one that you can get in travel stores. One of them, again, literally green).

  4. Well, on Earth Day I didn’t wash my hair or make any microwave popcorn …

    But in general I think I live a pretty green life. I don’t drive a car or use lots of electricity at home. I recycle bottles and plastics (almost never have paper rubbish anymore).

    And I wouldn’t be caught dead in either a McDonald’s or Starbucks. 😉

  5. Well, on Earth Day I didn’t wash my hair or make any microwave popcorn …

    But in general I think I live a pretty green life. I don’t drive a car or use lots of electricity at home. I recycle bottles and plastics (almost never have paper rubbish anymore).

    And I wouldn’t be caught dead in either a McDonald’s or Starbucks. 😉

  6. @Dina…..Hi Dina! Thanks for the lovely comments on the new blog. I’m not finished yet, but will get there. My lack of “geekness” makes it a challenge. I’ve decided that I want to be a geek when I grow up….haha.

    Yes, using cloth bags for groceries is something I try to do as well. Sometimes I forget, but getting better at always having a bag inside the bad I’m already carrying.

    I think only taking what we’ll use is a great way to help the environment. For me it has become automatic to return anything I know I won’t use.

    Have a great day!

  7. @Dina…..Hi Dina! Thanks for the lovely comments on the new blog. I’m not finished yet, but will get there. My lack of “geekness” makes it a challenge. I’ve decided that I want to be a geek when I grow up….haha.

    Yes, using cloth bags for groceries is something I try to do as well. Sometimes I forget, but getting better at always having a bag inside the bad I’m already carrying.

    I think only taking what we’ll use is a great way to help the environment. For me it has become automatic to return anything I know I won’t use.

    Have a great day!

  8. @Azahar……I’m with you on the no car. I haven’t driven in years. Korean drivers are maniacs….(TRUE!) I walk whenever possible.Sadly, I don’t get a lot of light in my apartment. i probably use more electricity than I like. Enjoy your day!

  9. @Azahar……

    I’m with you on the no car. I haven’t driven in years. Korean drivers are maniacs….(TRUE!) I walk whenever possible.

    Sadly, I don’t get a lot of light in my apartment. i probably use more electricity than I like.

    Enjoy your day!

  10. Thanks for the reminder about Earth Day, Nancie. I have been to Kuta Beach as well and was appalled by the amount of plastic floating in the water. One of the little things I do is to carry shopping bags with me around the world and use them. It’s small but it helps.

  11. I agree with the environment abuse that you see in South East Asia. I was in Thailand four years ago and I remember the level of pollution in Bangkok. It was bad in China too.

  12. I agree with the environment abuse that you see in South East Asia. I was in Thailand four years ago and I remember the level of pollution in Bangkok. It was bad in China too.

  13. @ Hi Graham….Yes, I love the shopping bag “trick” too. If I forget to pack one, I have a good excuse to go out and buy one. I have some great heavy cotton bags complete with designs that I bought at JJ’s in Bangkok for less than 100baht each.

  14. @ Hi Graham….Yes, I love the shopping bag “trick” too. If I forget to pack one, I have a good excuse to go out and buy one. I have some great heavy cotton bags complete with designs that I bought at JJ’s in Bangkok for less than 100baht each.

  15. @Hi Steve…………..I’m happy to say that Bangkok is improving!

    My first trip to mainland China is in June. I’ve heard lots about the pollution. Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as I’ve read.

  16. @Hi Steve…………..I’m happy to say that Bangkok is improving!

    My first trip to mainland China is in June. I’ve heard lots about the pollution. Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as I’ve read.

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