EPA's Documerica Project from the 1970s

Ryan shared this page with me tonight...

Two years after Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency, the new institution sent out 100 photographers to document the nation’s environment writ large.  The photographers were charged with three broad goals: “to photograph America’s environmental problems, to document America’s natural and man-made beauty and to photograph the human condition.”  But as it happened, the photographers interpreted their task in different ways. What they captured was not simply a portrait of “nature,” but the environment as people knew it and lived in it.  

I found it very interesting to see photos of the past, and find myself pleased with our progress (concerning the environment) as a country.  See the slideshow and an explanation here, and the full photo collection here.

Here is one photo:


On another note, Ryan and I saw WICKED last night in Richmond, VA.  It was wonderful.  
Better than I'd expected it to be, in all honesty.  A few hours, tears, laughs, and over-clapped hands later it was over, and I made my way to the merch table.  I bought a mug. (Yay!)  On the brown paper bag in which I was given the mug, there is a list:

"Tips for a Greener Lifestyle - What Would Elphaba Do?"
  • BUY LOCAL, ORGANIC FOOD TO REDUCE PESTICIDES USE, SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS, AND DECREASE CO2 EMISSIONS FROM FLYING PRODUCE AROUND THE WORLD
  • REPLACE ONE BEEF MEAL EACH WEEK TO SAVE 40K GALLONS OF WATER AND 300 POUNDS OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS OUT OF THE ATMOSPHERE
  • COMPOST FOOD LEFTOVERS
  • CARRY GROCERIES IN REUSABLE BAGS AND/OR RETURN PLASTIC BAGS TO GROCERY STORE
  • TURN APPLIANCES OFF WHEN NOT IN USE, ESPECIALLY TELEVISIONS AND COMPUTERS TO AVOID "PHANTOM" ENERGY
  • BUY ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES WITH THE ENERGY STAR LABEL
  • USE ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT DEGRADE NATURALLY AND REDUCE WATER POLLUTION
  • TURN WATER OFF WHILE BRUSHING TEETH
  • CHOOSE A SHOWER INSTEAD OF A BATH AND REPLACE SHOWER HEADS AND FAUCETS WITH HIGH-EFFICIENCY MODELS
  • PUT A BRICK (OR OTHER OBJECT) IN THE TOILET TANK TO REDUCE WATER PER FLUSH
  • TURN DOWN THERMOSTAT 3 DEGREES IN THE WINTER, AND UP 3 DEGREES IN THE SUMMER
  • REPLACE INCANDESCENT BULBS WITH HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPACT FLUORESCENT LAMPS (CFLS)
  • COLLECT RAIN WATER TO WATER GARDEN/YARD
  • RECYCLE PAPER, PLASTIC, GLASS, CARDBOARD, AND STYROFOAM
  • REDUCE WASTE BY AVOIDING DISPOSABLE PRODUCTS SUCH AS RAZORS AND SINGLE-USE CONTAINERS (SUCH AS WATER BOTTLES)
  • BIKE OR WALK TO WORK ONE OR MORE DAYS A WEEK
  • REMOVE YOURSELF FROM MAILING LISTS; REQUEST E-MAIL NOTIFICATIONS
 The bold bullets are those that I find myself already doing. (Cool!)  The thermostat one I should be better at, but I find I only think about it when we are going out of town (To make sure it isn't too warm/cold while nobody is home.)As for the appliances and outdoor things, well, we don't have any appliances, and we definitely don't have a yard.  :)  I just thought it was kind of fun to come across this and feel like I am making efforts of my own.  Our city has a great Farmer's Market - I had some of the most beautiful peppers last fall!!

In wrapping it all up, I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did, and don't forget to do your part.

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