@animalloverwhere you live sounds lovely. I can appreciate it, although I am definitely a warm-weather person (that means I'll visit the snow, the cold, the Fall - ha - with my warmest clothes). I had fun when I worked at a ski resort for a couple years, and I lived in the PNW for a bit with my awesome dog -- he made it bearable for me by always being ready for nice long walks, no matter the temperature or weather, and making people laugh with his adorable personality. I was able to give him a few more years in "his" yard here at home before I had to say goodbye -- it was terribly sad & difficult 😞 No doubt you gave your kitty a nice life ❤️ I've had pets all my life, except while I was away at school (but my parents took great care of our pets & it was always a treat to visit them), but he was the first one who really went everywhere with me. I had thought about taking him camping, but I honestly worried about a dog "attracting" bears & I knew he would give his life to protect me, so I didn't try. One of my dreams back in school was to one day open a hostel or B&B in a great spot on the edge of beautiful & wild lands, after I had spent some time making my schooling worthwhile 😉 Now you get to enjoy your time in the wilderness on your own terms -- enjoy!!
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aka the how & where to reuse, recycle, & gently dispose of used gear. I wanted to start this specific thread as an offshoot of the broader Sustainable Living At Home topic https://conversations.rei.com/t5/sustainable-living/small-things-to-increase-sustainability-at-home/m-p/5551/highlight/true#M6 Beyond reducing, I've spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out where to dispose-for-reuse all kinds of stuff -- it's been well worth the time to keep it out of the trash bin. I've also made use of the REI repair service awhile back (does this still exist?), sent packs for repair to JanSport & The North Face, and had my favorite hiking boots resoled. I consider these wins 🙂 I hope others will share their links, locations, and ideas which help keep products out of landfills, incinerators, and cargo-holds headed to Asia. I encourage people to post questions about certain products too -- maybe amongst ourselves, we can come up with solutions. I'll post more of these separately, but briefly, I've seen in-store bins to collect recyclable beverage containers (I used these when my apt bldg didn't have recycle bins so REI got the money); wornout clothes collection at Patagonia stores (https://www.patagonia.com/recycling.html ); Denim recycling (https://bluejeansgogreen.org/Recycle-Denim/#inlineMadewell); "dead shoes" of all kinds accepted at Nike / Converse stores (Nike Grind https://www.nikegrind.com -- Reuse A Shoe https://www.nike.com/us/retail ). I've also seen collection bins for lightly used shoes, sports equipment, backpacks & school supplies, & pet supplies for donation around the holidays. Habitat for Humanity has ReStore shops (think Goodwill for building & housing materials) - where they sell donated goods at discount. ALSO, I would love to see REI host more collection bins, for worn-out clothes made of outdoor/sport textiles, shoes, backpacks, kids clothes/gear which is rapidly outgrown, and other used gear which is beyond the return-by date. I know there was some discussion regarding suggestions for future expansion of used gear / garage sales to include used member gear (not returned gear); perhaps the best of this gear could be offered as rentals, too.
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@camilian3711 A few questions for you: First, are you a writer for The Onion?
How would you suggest keeping kids & rebellious teens in the dark about the world around them? Think about it -- no glaciers, no snowfall, no historic rainfall, no flooding categories (100yr, 50yr, 5 yr), no tropical storms / hurricanes / cyclones, no wildfires, no wildlife (e.g., bird & insect migration), no crops or vegetation (changes in seasonality, pollination/germination, crop success), no recycling bins, no electricity, no wood burning stoves, no running water... (this is just a short list as an example).
Where would you have children place blame for the current state of the environment?
What types of arguments over sex and money are children and rebellious teens in your life starting? I haven't ever encountered that around any of the schools I've taught in, so I'm really curious about your experience. Perhaps you're thinking of "religion and politics in polite company", as it was called back in the day? I've always wondered why parents who are so sure of their values & of the way they're raising their kids are so reluctant to allow the opinions of others -- after all, a person who stands steadfast in personal beliefs and in teaching children shouldn't be fearful of differing viewpoints.
Where are the open border activists and these so-called nameless "reports" you refer to? I haven't seen any, nor have my other friends and relatives in border states and non-border states (I asked -- the poll came back with no evidence of this anywhere) -- only loud pundits attempting to scare people (including children or rebel teens) that political adversaries want open borders.
What carbon footprint increase are you referring to people wanting at the border? Seems like major construction work (involving transport of low mpg diesel and gas construction vehicles AND transport of materials from factories to the border), while bypassing all environmental protections would be the main culprit. The vigilante citizens self-appointed as patriotic border patrol, crisscrossing the desert in high profile, low mpg trucks are a runner up.
Migrants have been "flooding" into the USA since before it was the USA by definition -- Spanish, British, and French explorers and colonists -- talk about changing culture, use of resources, population booms! And let's not forget about the migrants who took land, and then had the audacity to officially move the border to protect what they claimed as theirs (yes, that would be CA, AZ, NM, & TX).
How much do you personally spend on bottled water?
What fuel source are you using for HVAC technologies in your home?
Do you drive your own vehicle (and what class of vehicle is that)? How often do you walk or ride a bicycle instead?
Do you abstain from eating meat?
It's a lot easier to complain than to implement solutions on a personal basis.
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