So what are you doing to lower your carbon footprint?

How active are you in environmental issues?

As for me:

I just (finally) switched to wind powered energy for my condo. I also replaced all but the light over the dining room table with a CFL. I wash all my dishes by hand now. I wash my clothes in cold water and air dry as often as possible. I also keep all my appliance unplugged when I am not using them, and I try to limit my AC/Heat until I really need it. Since my condo doesn't have many windows, I keep night lights plugged in so that I can go to the kitchen or bathroom when I need to, and I don't have to turn on the lights.

I sometimes walk to do an errand if the place is close enough. I use reusable grocery store bags, and I'll choose low-packaging options when possible (I never buy single-serving items, for example).

At home, I recycle all my paper, tin, glass, and plastic. I reuse all plastic bags to carry things in, or pick up dog waste when I walk my dogs. I no longer trash vegetable waste, but instead throw it behind the bushes so that it can biodegrade.

I also started a green group at work. We planted 8 trees last year, and plan to do more this spring. I also found an independent recycler to come pick up paper, plastic, and aluminum cans for the entire office building. We have about 8 companies that participate. We also watch environmental documentary DVDs, and schedule guest speakers.

I also moderate a green Yahoo! Group for Dallas, and I'm signed up for every email/distribution/newsletter list you can imagine. I do take the time to respond to action alerts and letter writing campaigns as time allows, and I always try to catch the environmental radio shows on PRI. I also watch every documentary I can get my hands on.

Last fall, I attended the Green Jobs Now rally here in Dallas, and I attend the local environmental/alternative energy groups (as often as I can) that I found on Meetup.com. I also print out flyers, posters, and brochures on environmental issues and take to the local library for display on their public bulletin board/display center.

I'm sure there are a few other things as well, but this is all I can think of at the moment.

Of course, there are many things I can't do because of the costs involved, such as buying a different car, make my condo more energy efficient, or install solar panels, etc.

So what are you doing in your own life? Do you have any ideas or experiences you would like to share with other AN members?

Tags: activism, carbon, carbon-footprint, climate-change, energy, environment, global-warming

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This sounds like a known scam: the Reveton virus (a.k.a. Moneypak virus) used in conjunction with Citadel malware. It installs itself onto your computer from a hacked (or malicious) website, and then accuses you of copyright violations, underage porn use, and/or other crimes, demanding that you follow instructions to pay a ransom to unlock your computer.

It wouldn't be surprising for the bad guys to target Comcast customers using the Comcast name and links.

If your ISP were giving you an actual copyright warning, they wouldn't f*** up your computer and browser; they'd use email, snailmail, and/or the phone.

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/august/new-internet-scam/

http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/money/consumer/scam_alerts/feds-warn-of...

http://www.examiner.com/article/recent-internet-scam-reveton-holds-...

The IC3 [Internet Crime Complaint Center] suggests the following if you become a victim of the Reveton virus:

  • Do not pay any money or provide any personal information.
  • Contact a computer professional to remove Reveton and Citadel from your computer.
  • Be aware that even if you are able to unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware may still operate in the background. Certain types of malware have been known to capture personal information such as user names, passwords, and credit card numbers through embedded keystroke logging programs.
  • File a complaint and look for updates about the Reveton virus on the IC3 website.
To anyone who replied to my later comment: The pop-up hijacked my tablet even more now! I'm no seeing a heavily modified version of all webpages, preventing me to reply to or see any response other than my own. The pop-up is now appearing in my apps, even when I turn off WiFi! I'm now certain that this is a violation of the computer fraud and abuse act. I have rooted my device and found that Comcast is directly damaging my device, a tablet I received as a gift. I'm too young(13) to take legal action, but this is breaking the law! And I'm certain this is from Comcast, I use antivirus (Norton, if it makes a difference) and the WiFi is from Comcast.

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