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Environment Page
What Leilani and I are doing for planet earth.

Leilani (my wife) and I are environmentalists. We believe in minimalizing our impact on the planet (within reason). Everybody has their own point between the extremes of non-consumption and over-consumption, non-polluting and over-polluting, and what is right for us, is not going to be right for everybody. I do think it is important for each one of us to do something. I think it is important for each of us to do whatever we can. We subscribe to "think globally and act locally". If we all do something, we can all accomplish a lot.

Pollution and global warming go hand in hand. Here are some of the things that both Norton Music as a business and Leilani and myself as world citizens do both in our business and our home to minimize our impact on the environment.

We challenge others to post what they are doing on the web, let me know and I'll add your link at the bottom of this page. Perhaps we can get a lot of people to do the same thing and help improve the earth.

Trees and Large Shrubs

A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime and carbon dioxide is one of the gases responsible for global warming. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15%. When we bought our little house on almost a half acre of land, there were only 3 saplings on the lot, and I could touch the top of all three. Leilani and I have planted:

All the plants are xeriscape plants, most are natives (or long established in Florida) plants, and once each plan becomes established (most are already) the need no extra irrigation or other care.

Air Conditioning/Heating

We run our air conditioner fewer than 10 days per year, and only for a couple of hours per day of use. We both grew up in Florida in the days before air conditioners were in anybody's home. A.C. is nice but not necessary. And at what price? They eat up huge amounts of electricity and the amount of heat they pump out into the environment must contribute quite a bit to global warming when multiplied by the number of homes that use them. When the temperature gets well over 92F/33C and the breeze is from the west, We'll turn it on during the hottest part of the day and turn it off about 4:00 PM when the air starts cooling. When we do turn on the AC, we set it at 80F/26C.

When we heat the house, we only heat it to 70F/21C.

Almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. You could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year for every 2 degree (F) change in your thermostat toward warm in the summer and cool in the winter.

We keep the filters clean. Cleaning a dirty air filter can save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Other appliances

There are many other little ways to save electricity, and if everyone saves a little, the world saves a lot.

Automobile

Perhaps the biggest source of pollution and global warming gases in the world is the automobile. So we pay attention to our vehicles and try to lessen their impact on the planet.

Recycled products and smart shopping

Other

We inherited this earth from our parents, and it wasn't in pristine condition when we got it, but the average citizen of our parent's generation didn't fully know what they were doing to the planet. Today, the undisputable scientific evidence is in (although there are people who for individual or corporate monetary gains would like you to believe otherwise), so we have no excuse. Most of us of age have brought children and some grandchildren to the world. We have a responsibility to them to leave the world in better shape. If we don't mend our ways, there is a real possibility that our children will not be able to live to old age because of global warming and famine.

Remember, the first "Earth Day" was April 22, 1970. We are the generation that gave birth to it. Let's not lose our ideals. If each one does a little, we can accomplish a lot.

If only half of what was said in the movie "An Inconvenient Truth" is true, we are all going to be in big trouble soon. See the movie and go to http://www.climatecrisis.net/


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