THE MODERN UTOPIAN

CONSERVING OUR ENVIRONMENT

THE PERSONAL ECOLOGY PROGRAM - Created in 1970 by the Jolly Farm group and edited,  published, and distributed by  my Alternatives Foundation in San Franciso, Calirforrnia.

1. ALLOW YOURSELF TO BECOME AWARE THAT YOU ARE THE POLLUTER OF OUR ENVIRONMENT.

 

That it is the more wealthy people and countries which are destroying the world. Comforts which we take for granted,

are the very cause of much that is wrong. Then, if you really want to do something, you may have no alternative but to

give up much of the so-called “good life.” Also, allow yourself the joy of discovery that there is so much more to be desired

in leading a more simple life.

2. STOP HAVING CHILDREN.

You're not doing a baby any favors by bringing it into the world at this point.  The major reason we're in this mess is too many people. If you want children, adoptGod knows, there are many who need good homes. Support advocates of legalized abortion.

3. STOP SMOKING.

An important and most difficult step. Important because it is a personal commitment to stop polluting your own body.

4. SWITCH TO ONLY BIO-DEGRADABLE(BREAKDOWN IN WATER DISHWASHING SOAPS AND
LAUNDRY
DETERGENTS.

Many supermarkets carry their own brands ofbio-degradable products, but some of these are still high in phosphates, which are extremely damaging to the ecology of the water. If you can't find out what's in them (you might try writing directly to the manufacturer) ... Stop using bleaches, softeners, etc. It's insane to have your clothes cleaner than the water you drink.

5. THINK OF WAYS TO AVOID USING YOUR CAR.

        Every time you start up our chances grow slimmer. Consider the alternatives of car pools, hitch-hiking, bicycles, horses. If you must have a car, buy a four- cylinder, preferably used ... It doesn't burn as much gas, therefore pollutes less. If you have two cars, sell one. The internal combustion engine is one of the major air pollutants. Write letters to the automobile industries. They have the ability to switch to other forms of transportation. (Like all electric cars!   See mv petition.)

6. BECOME A VEGETARIAN. The land can no longer support this many carnivores. It takes ten times as much grain to feed a cow as it does to feed a human being. The theoretical minimum water to sustain living standards is about 300 gal. a day per person. This is the approximate amount of water needed to produce grain for 2 1/2 lb. of bread, but a diet of2 lb. bread and I lb. of beef would require about 2500 gallons. - .Lord Ritchie Calder, U. N. science adviser in Foreign Affairs.

7. GROW AN ORGANIC GARDEN. It's not only incredibly inexpensive, it's also one sure way to know your food hasn't been poisoned
with
chemicals and pesticides. If you live in a place where you can't grow even a small garden, move.

8. PLANT TREES. Aside from their beauty (and we sorely need more natural beauty around), they should be planted as a means of producing more oxygen which we will need in the not-far-off future.

9. IF YOU HAVE EVEN A SMALL BACKYARD, START A COMPOST BIN FOR YOUR KITCHEN WASTES.

Organic matter should be used to replenish the earth, not pollute it. If you can't use the finished product on bushes, lawn, or garden, you're bound to find a friend who can. All organic wastes can go into it (including eggshells, coffee grinds, hair, fingernail clippings, the contents of your vacuum cleaner bag-you can reuse the disposable one s-I- even kitty litter .and its contents) with the exception of paper. Start a family campaign to see just how little you have to throw in the trash or down the disposal.

10. TRY TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF PAPER PRODUCTS THAT COME INTO YOUR HOME. They can't be put back onto the
land
because of the chemicals used in their processing. Paper plates, magazines and newspapers that are of no real value to you
, napkins, tissues, paper diapers--the list is endless. When you go to the supermarket, take last week's grocery bags to reuse instead of getting new ones. Buy milk in returnable plastic or glass containers, not waxed cartons. All the companies that produce these throw- away products are using up our woodlands. Try to remember that a tree had to be cut down so you could blow your nose. There is visual evidence in photographs of the earth's surface recently brought back from the moon, of widespread destruction of forests.

 

11.. THE ABOVE ALSO GOES FOR WOOD PRODUCTS--ESPECIALLY FURNITURE .Try to rely on second-hand stores for needed furnishings. Redoing old pieces is not only creative also inexpensive, it means you're not supporting the industries

destroying our environment. If you're planning on building a new

house ... (instead) buy an old house and redo

 

12. CHECK INTO WHAT YOUR TOWN IS DOING TO ALLEVIATE THE DUMP PROBLEM. Protest open burning.

(We assume your not burning any trash in your backyard.) Urge municipal composting ofleaves, etc. Human manure can and should be reverted back to the soil. Robert Levene, superintendent of the Allentown, Pa., Wastewater Treatment Plant. wrote an article called "How to Save Taxes at the Sewerage Plant" in Organic Gardening Magazine, Feb., 1970. Urge your sanitation department to check into it.

13. IF YOU LIVE IN THE CITY, GET OUT. There's very little you can do directly to help the pollution problem while remaining there.

        14. TRY FASTING FOR A DAY. It'll give you a better idea of what many people are experiencing in the world right now, and might even give vou a glimpse of vour future.

    15. IF YOU'RE A TEACHER, TALK TO YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT ECOLOGY AND POLLUTION. They have a right to know their lives are at stake. Urge your school board or administration to invite a conservation or ecology lecturer to your school.

    16. AVOID BUYING NO-DEPOSIT-NO RETURN BOTTLES OF SODA, BEER, ETC. Besides the fact that the products are harmful
(we're not prohibitionists, but if you knew the processing the beer went through we doubt that you'd feel quite so high), the compani
es should be forced to re-use the bottles.

    17. ON WATER--FLUSH YOUR TOILET ONLY INFREQUENTLY, DEPENDING ON HOW MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR FAMILY.    Don't flush for urine. Take less baths. When you do bathe, use less water. Bathe with a friend. Buy a washing machin that reuses the water for several wash loads. Wringer washers or spin driers are the best, but if you must be more automated, check in Consumer Reports for the one that uses the least water. One more word on toilets--you can put a brick in the tank of your toilet to
conserve the amount of water bring polluted.

18. MOST PEOPLE KEEP THEIR HOMES TOO HOT.

The more oil you use, the more you pollute, and you're contributing to the destruction of a most precious natural resource .... Turn your thermostat down ... When the outside temperature is 30° the cost of heating any enclosure to 80° is about three times the cost of heating it to 60°. If you are chilly, put on a sweater.,

    19. BOYCOTT ANY COMPANIES THAT YOU KNOW ARE POLLUTING. Write and let them know what you're doing. The more signatures on your letter the better.

    20. PATRONIZE LOCAL FARMERS AND TRY TO CONVINCE THEM TO GO ORGANIC. It's a wide open market and could be a potential gold mine for the sharp farmer. Every time you can, switch from processed foods to something better.
Write to the company to let it know you're no longer using its product and why

    21. GET OVER YOUR HANGUPS ABOUT INSECTS AND OTHER CREATURES. Learn which ones are our friends and respect
them
. Spiders are the natural enemy of mosquitoes, snakes of mice, ladybugs of aphids, etc. The natural world is beautiful in all its variet
y
an
d deserves to be observed and marveled at, not stepped on or sprayed.

    22. PLASTIC AND ALUMINUM PRODUCTS ARE REAL DEMONS. They will not decompose and our dumps are being filled
with the
m. Try doing without some of the products that come in these containers.

    23. DON'T BUY FURS OR LEATHER PRODUCTS. You can easily avoid buying both and you'll be amazed at how good it feels NOT to wear the skins of another animal.

    24. BECOME AWARE OF NOISE POLLUTION. We don't know what it is to have quiet prevail.. Every time a machine is turned on or a horn honked, we cut out the sounds of nature -- and there's less of nature to listen to every day.

    25. WRITE TO TV STATIONS URGING THEM TO PUT ON ECOLOGY-CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. They can reach the largest audience and the American people have the right to know how serious the problems really are

    26. WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT OF THE BRITISH, CONSIDER THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE BANNED
ADVERTISEMENTS FROM THEIR COUNTRYSIDE.

    27. DON'T RIDE ON PLANES. Jets are doing their very best to destroy the atmosphere.

    28. WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMEN AND PRESIDENT IF YOU THINK IT WILL HELP

    29. TALK TO OTHERS. And talk, and talk, until they start listening

    30. USE AS LITTLE ELECTRICITY AS POSSIBLE. Minimize use of your appliances. Avoid patronizing places which are using neon signs and let them know about it. Write letters to power plants and buildings which have their lights on all in unoccupied office space, and always and always. Let them know you will not tolerate waste of natural resources. (Just drive by your local light and power Company at night and see all those lights and smoke.)

    31. Don't eat in restaurants or drive-in food stands, which use paper plates, cups, plastic utensils, etc.

 

    32. DON'T LEAVE THE WATER RUNNING WHEN YOU'RE NOT USING IT (WHEN YOU SHAVE, BRUSH TEETH, WASH HAIR, ETC.)

    33. DON'T THROW MAGAZINESINEWSPAPERS A WAY. Pass them on to a friend or neighbor. Share.

    34. FOR PEOPLE WHO USE SCRATCH PAPER, DON'T BUY NEWPADS; USE THE BACK SIDE OR ANY BLANK
SPACE ON USED PAPER, LIKE COMPUTER (IBM) PRINT-OUTS, JUNK MAIL, LETTERS, ETC.

    35. ANALYZE HOW WELL YOU'RE DEALING WITH THE SITUATION. Try to come up with new alternatives not
listed here. Any ideas you might have, big or small, we want very much to know about them.
They should be passed on to others.