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Post by  on Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:04 pm

by Bark on Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:56 am

These simple changes repeated by millions of people will instantly change the course we are on! Be part of a movement to bring the power of sustainable capitalism back to the small business owner, the small farmer, the alternative energy producer, and above all the American worker.....

1. Put all of your savings into a local bank, green bank, or better yet a credit union. Support your LOCAL financial institution not a national chain bank. Cut up that credit card and use only the credit union issued debit Visa card. We CANNOT bankrupt the country, that will be counter productive. Transfer your money to your local bank and help make the local US economy STRONG!

2. BOYCOTT ALL of the following: BP, Exxon-Mobil, Amoco, Arco, Castrol Motor Oil, General Motors, Bank of America, Chase, Citi, JP Morgan, PayPal, Allstate, State Farm, Liberty Mutual, Walmart, Facebook (privacy issues), Paypal (monopoly/data mining), McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Tyson, Kraft, Nestle, Unilever, Big Tobacco, General Electric (GE), ALL GMO foods (Monsanto), Archer Daniels Midland, Pfizer, ALL harsh chemicals / pesticides, and ALL Chinese goods! I am sure you can think of others. According to Ellis Jones of the better world Shopping guide these companies all commit global sins, be it damaging the environment, buying off politicians, or treating workers unfairly.

Bank of America - the ABSOLUTE WORST: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/finance/bofa.html

BP/Exxon-Mobil Need We Say more?

3. Eliminate or reduce meat in your diet for health and savings. Meat is the biggest contributor to climate change. If you do not want to remove meat from the menu at least buy from the local producer, organic farm, or hunt wild game to boycott the production farm. http://www.greatgreenidea.com/Why-Eating-Meat-is-Bad-for-the-Environment.html

4. Cut all non essential spending. Buying "things" may make you feel good, but resist the temptation. No more plastic trinkets, make-up, jewelry, disposables, plastic toys Etc. Try and quit smoking - it is only benefiting the corporate man. Spend on essentials like food, clothes, basic household implements..... SIMPLIFY! Becoming a minimalist gives you great freedom.

5. Boycott Chinese made goods. EVERYTIME YOU buy a Chinese product YOU are contributing to the death of the American worker, and massive carbon emissions in China from their unsustainable manufacturing practices. Look at the label of everything thing you buy. If it says "Made In China", don't buy it. Some things are unavoidable like cellphones b/c they are all made there. Try to buy American (we know it's hard), if you cannot - find goods from Mexico, Russia, South America. Look at Amish made furniture, it is made by real craftsman. Avoid all food from ALL Asian countries except Korea and Japan, they both have good standards. Links to websites where you can actually buy American made goods are at the right of the page below "Latest Topics".

6. Look in thrift stores, flea markets, Craigslist, Ebay, and antique shops for newer used clothes and durable goods - make a treasure hunt out of it. There are many older quality American made goods to be found.

7. If you are able to do so, move away from large unsustainable suburbs in favor of small micropolitan cities like Ashville, NC, or Dubuque, IA. Adopt a simple country lifestyle to fit in. Assimilate and dump the "lefty liberal" or "ultra right wing" attitude. Be an independent free thinker!

8. Learn important skills like farming, carpentry or baking, plant a veggie garden and raise some laying hens. Get rid of the lawn and associated pesticides - grow some herbs and a butterfly garden instead.

9. Buy local organic food from farmers markets, local co-op's and specific large stores like Whole Foods and Wild Oats. Boycott all other big chains and box stores. Avoid all GMO food products from Monsanto. Buy only American grown produce. Do some research and above all don't buy poisoned food from China.

10. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle EVERYTHING. Look for bulk items and less packaging. Stop buying chemical cleaners, Drano etc and opt for vinegar, baking soda and natural products.

11. Learn to live on less, much less. Become a minimalist and minisumer!

12. Teach your kids that greed and excess is wrong. Limit TV to educational shows, wholesome movies and news from alternative sources. Home school or look into a charter school. Teach them respect for others and respect for all life, and that violence is wrong except using appropriate force when defending oneself or others.

13. Use your computer as a communications tool and educational device instead of buying the latest video game. Help spread the word and make positive changes worldwide.

14. Dump the SUV in favor of an alternative energy vehicle or hybrid.

15. Limit travel to essentials, enjoy a nice vacation, but don't waste fuel on nonsense trips. Backpack across Europe, take the train, bike or walk on vacation. Share your car with neighbors when going to town.

16. If you build or renovate a house use recycled materials or natural products. Above all eliminate vinyl siding, or any products made of vinyl. It is very toxic to you and the environment.

It's not the government, politicians or capitalism that is ruining America, it is the choices of the consumer and the voter plain and simple. Resist greed and vote with your dollar. Without your support these greedy, monopolistic corporations will cease to exist.

Call Congress Now and Demand Clean Energy


Reply to this post and add your solutions for others to read.....

This is why you need to Boycott all Chinese goods. They even blame the "westerner" for the problem, well then stop buying their cheap, unsustainable products!

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Post by Pitbull on Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:56 pm

I think everyone should demand mandatory recycling! EVERYTHING should be recycled, it is in Europe!


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Post by BrittM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:17 pm

amen about the recycling pitbull.....the obama administration has endorsed genetically engineered agriculture on more then 50 wildlife refuges...with more GE-refuge approvals in the works......even the wild animals are being force-fed GMOs! the time to plant gardens, can and preserve non-GM foods is now.


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Post by Earthworks on Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:21 pm

People need to think independantly! Both the Left and the Right Are motivated by their own special interests. On the Right they are told not to worry about the environment at all. On the Left they use Global warming to scare people into supporting government promotion of Alternative energy big business. I Do believe that less government is good because it allows people to think for themselves. Example: government forces the use of flourescent bulbs, Flourescent Bulb corporations profit. No one mentions that they contain mercury and need special care(and gloves) to clean up when they break. Then we mandate their use in the most earthquake prone areas of the country!

Example 2: A music festival promoter wants to be more earth friendly, so he requires waste at the festival be sorted into three separate containers recycling, composte, and Other. He also requires vendors to use vegetable based cups and plasticware that is compostable. However noone tells the concert goers. Three separate giant Diesel trucks weave through the festival twice a day picking up the waste. They charge extra to sort it a second time at a processing center. Want to bet they also have an interest in the vegetable based compostable plastic? Meanwhile a reusable cup was available, but not promoted because there waas no profit in that. (summercamp 2010).

And don't even get me started on where Al Gore makes his money.


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Post by bookerton on Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:53 am

I don't think so no one in world who makes negative changes. Everyone want and doing positive changes whether be in food, living style, professional life etc...


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Post by VoodooWHAT on Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:17 am

Don't just buy the product, buy everything the company represent, if you don't like what they're doing just don't buy.

We need to take control of the market, not the market controling us..

Bark thanks alot for everything you're doing! cheers

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Post by sharmaineB on Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:56 am

Thinking positive will really result in positive. Just don't lose hope and do your best for every task you have.


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Post by Grandad Was A Hipster on Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:18 pm

Getting rid of "stuff" is a liberating thing. It is great to walk past a store and NOT want to buy!

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Post by xoPeonyPoppyxo on Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:49 pm

I love that I have stumbled upon this forum, it's really great connecting with people who want to see a change in the systems. I am a HUGE believer/promoter of simple, minimalist living. I own a company that sells 100% Fair Trade or made in the USA goods. I am trying to not only make a living selling things I believe in, but also using it as an outlet for sharing a positive, sustainable, simple way of life www.peonyandpoppy.com   xoxo


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