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    So, you've heard that the rainforests are disappearing quickly (1.5 acres a second, to be exact), you realize that greenhouse gas emissions are heating up the planet and messing up the weather, and you can look around you and see that green space is disappearing. The question is, what can you do about it?

    The answer: Lots of things! You don't have to sell all your possessions, quit bathing, and start hugging trees to care about the environment. (But hey, if you want to, that's cool too.) Any positive change you can make in your life really does make a difference. Consider this: If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 500-sheet toilet paper with 100% recycled toilet paper, we could save: 297,000 trees, 1.2 million cubic feet of landfill space (1400 garbage trucks worth), and 122 million gallons of water (facts courtesy of Seventh Generation).

    Click here to find out about specific things you can do to be more environmentally responsible, like composting and getting off junk mail lists. You can do lots of these things without even leaving the house.

    *The views expressed in these linked web sites aren't necessarily my views, but I wanted to provide links to environmental resources, whether I agreed with them or not. For example, I believe in preventing cruelty to animals when possible, but don't think there's anything necessarily wrong with killing an animal for food or medical research. I avoid commercially-processed meat, but not entirely for animal rights reasons. I really disagree with the way animals are raised and treated for agricultural purposes today -- often they are raised in cruel, cramped conditions, and injected with hormones and antibiotics. For example, chickens have been selectively bred to grow extremely quickly, so much so that their bone structure would not be able to support this accelerated growth were they not slaughtered at such a young age (usually six weeks old). This seems inherently wrong because of the way the animal is treated, and also because it is unhealthy for the person who eats this meat. And it's pretty gross!! I'd much rather eat meat from an animal that has been raised in the wild or has at least been allowed to roam around and hasn't been injected and fed questionable, untested things. So far, studies have shown that animals raised in a more natural setting yield healthier meat.

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