George Plumb is a visionary who doesn’t sit still. He was chair the the Board of the VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition in the mid 1990′s when the organization made the leap to hire its first employee. Now he’s urging Vermonters to sign a pledge that will encourage people to live lighter on the planet — including walking and biking more. Here’s the pledge and a link for more information:
To the extent possible and applicable I pledge that within the next three to five years:
1. If a homeowner I will install a solar electrical generating system and/or a solar hot water system.
2. I will grow at least some of my own food, even if it is just a container on the porch or deck; and to purchase as much as possible of the rest of my food from local food growers and producers.
3. If a homeowner I will have a home energy audit and insulate my home, as indicated, to high standards; and to conserve energy in other ways.
4. I will do my driving as much as possible in a car that that gets an average of at least 35 miles per gallon.
5. I will walk, bicycle, or use public transportation as much as possible.
6. I will take most of my vacations within a day’s drive of home to avoid driving long distances or flying by jet plane; and, if I must go long distances for any reason I will also consider taking a train.
7. If (as either a male or female) I have not as yet had children I will replace myself no more than once. If I have already had a child or children, then I will support my children or grandchildren in replacing themselves only once.
8. I will support with time and/or money an organization that promotes sustainability and/or family planning.
9. I will calculate my ecological footprint and then based on the results also put at least one other action into place. Try these sites: www.footprintnetwork.org, www.myfootprint.org, and www.footprintofnations.org.
10. I will tell some of my family, friends and colleagues that I have signed the pledge, encouraging them to do likewise.
To take this pledge go to the web site of Vermonters for Sustainable Population at www.vspop.org
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