In my on-going quest to reduce our ecological footprint, I have annoyed my husband by insisting he trudge through four feet of snow to put the kitchen scraps into the composter*, I’m usually the only person stopped at the railroad crossing with my engine off and I’ve gained a reputation for keeping my house uncomfortably cold in winter**, but as is the case with any on-going project, I can become weary of the details (and the complaining) and things start to slide. But after seeing An Inconvenient Truth last week, the motivation is fresh and the desire is strong. Look out
world husband! ;)
This has lead to the creation of our own family quest: [echo-y voice] Project Carbon-Neutral.
Ok… we’re still working on the name… But game is ON!
Our My first step toward fufilling this quest was to purchase a reel mower. This was a no-brainer, since I’ve been wanting to replace our gas-powered mower with a push mower, so it was a matter of just getting up off my butt and doing it. I got this one: Lee Valley 20-inch Reel Mower.
It’s easy to use – not difficult to push at all. As you can see in the photo, our lawn was *really* long, but the mower did pretty well, considering. I must confess that Mark did use the gas mower to get the last bits of really tall grass that the reel mower couldn’t cut. So, for regular mowing, it does a beautiful job, but it’s not so great for clearing brush :P
Totally carbon-neutral? I don’t know. And I don’t have enough information at this point to have any idea of how hard that would be. But I’ve started gathering that information and wondering where all my untility bills are and hopefully, I’ll have a better idea soon.
In the meantime, given the current government’s talk of pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol, I find it disconcerting that this (cached) Government of Canada Climate Change web site (where “you can learn about the science, impacts and adaptation to climate change…”) is “unavailable”. hmmm…
* I have since come to my senses. Well, sort of ;)
This is Canada: the composter doesn’t work in the winter because it freezes. Luckily, temperatures in the garage are below freezing as well, so we just use a sealed bucket in the garage for kitchen scraps. Whenever there is a thaw, we just dump the contents of the bucket into the composter and then it all goes right again in the Spring.
** Seriously. Warm socks and a sweater and you’re all cozy and happy. Socks and a sweater and you’re saving the world, Bay-bee!