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Happy New Year!

I was going to make this a short and sweet New Year’s message, then I heard this
news and …. well, pardon me while I digress from the holiday message a moment.

Today Lake Superior State University released it’s annual list of ‘Banished Words’.
Number 1 on the list is ‘GREEN’, AND any variations of the word. Number 2 on the list
is ‘CARBON FOOTPRINT’ and/or ‘CARBON OFFSET’.

‘GREEN’, is an easy generic word for anything having to do with healing and
protecting our planet. ‘CARBON FOOTPRINT’ and ‘CARBON OFFSET’ are actual calculated
measurements that should be as familiar to us as our height, weight, and shoe size.

LSSU infers these words have outlived their 15 minutes of fame and that people have
over used them. The fact is, ‘Green’ and ‘Carbon Footprint/Carbon Offset’ are words
which have been in the conversations of “Everyday People Speak” for only about a
year now, as far I can tell. Truthfully, much less than a year for most folks who are
not tree-huggers like us. (Ah! Sticks and Stones!)

Normally I would just laugh this off, but this gave me pause. Actually, it’s a bit
scary. We are not even out of the environmental gate and, of all things, a institution
of higher learning makes the news by relegating this serious global situation to the
level of a fleeting ‘fad’ (Groovy – NOT, Bummer!)

Now I know you are going to say, it was all in fun. But this is a university, made
up of smart people, releasing negative data, through the news media. Which edits
down the data and transmits it to people. In many cases with the media as their sole
information source. Since this is university data, many folks will form the ‘logical’
conclusion; “this global warming stuff is NOT that bad, and this environmental craze
will go the way of bell bottoms and high gas prices!” (And we all know gas will
never go up again.)

LSSU, it’s your planet too, so you should want to help, not probably hinder. If
you really want to make the news, may I suggest: developing a sustainable energy
storage system, or possibly a filtration system that completely eliminates CO2
emissions from existing pollution belching power plants.

Holy Cow, Batman! That would be rad for you groovey dudes and dudettes to lay on us!
Word Up!

—- Meanwhile, back at the Ranch —-

… and be safe, have a good time, but don’t drink and drive! Everybody, Happy New
Year! See you back here in 2009.

This is 2008, OVER AND OUT!

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16 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Sandy Says:

    On the serious side..”They know not what they do”….and as far as your article goes, right on,
    far out, love it!!

  2. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    You go girl! I love the fact that you tell it like it is…and I know you’ll never stop. Hope you have a wonderful and Happy New Year!

    Barbaras last blog post..Hapyy New Year-2009!

  3. PlanetThoughts Says:

    Well said! My father used to tell me about the World War II phrase: “Loose lips sink ships”. Clearly, that means that each of our words could give the enemy information that will hurt us. But it also implies that our words affect our own attitudes. We need to be careful about jokes and criticisms that can be cute or clever at the moment, but lead to a bad effect.

    PlanetThoughtss last blog post..Why Al Franken should NOT be riding private planes

  4. yanjiaren Says:

    Wishing you a wonderful and prosperous 2009.

    yanjiarens last blog post..Thanks to Entrecard and all my Green friends.

  5. John @ Family, Fitness and Finances Says:

    Looking forward to a great 2009! Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

  6. wilson Says:

    Although it’s a little bit late, Linda but I would like to wish you, “Happy Solar New Year!”…

    wilsons last blog post..Happy New Year 2009!

  7. Colorado Auto Glass Says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Happy New Year!

  8. Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog Says:

    Happy 2009 Linda – I’m looking forward to more of your fabulous articles on green living and reducing our carbon footprint. Heehee.

    Barbara Swafford – Blogging Without A Blogs last blog post..Join Twitter – It’s Easier Than You Think

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