LAST CHANCE to Win a Shiny New Linus Bike and Bike Bag (worth $730) for Earth Day!

by , 04/29/11

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To get everyone excited about making every day Earth Day, we’ve teamed up with Linus Bikes to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a shiny new bicycle – and today is the last day to enter! What better way to green your lifestyle than by swapping your carbon-spewing car for a stylish and eco-friendly bike? Linus is offering the winner a sweet Roadster Sport or a Dutchi 3 bike with a Linus Market Bag in their choice of color. All you have to do is tell us what your resolution to make Earth Day every day is. Whether it’s switching to a veg-only diet or ditching plastic bags completely, pick one sustainable action that you will commit to for a whole year and post it in the comments below. The commenter with the best resolution will nab an awesome Linus Bike – so show us what you’ve got! Remember, the deadline is tonight, so if you haven’t already, enter now!


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3. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and share your Earth Year resolution for living a greener life! The deadline for this fabulous giveaway is Friday, April 29th. We’ll pick the comment we like best and announce the winner in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

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Simple yet reliable, Linus bikes are inspired by the elegant French bicycle designs of the ’50s and ’60s. They are utilitarian bikes, designed for city riders. The company describes its Roadster Sport as “the ultimate gentleman’s ride,” with three speeds and classic steel fenders, and the Dutchi 3 is a classic Dutch bike with a sweeping frame and upright posture. Both models come equipped with a mid-century alloy bell and a Linus alloy rear rack, perfect for carrying the Linus Market Bag. The durable canvas bag rolls down over the rack to accommodate larger loads, and the leather shoulder strap makes it easy to carry with you. If you’re a fan of Linus Bikes be sure to “like” their Facebook page for news and announcements!

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  1. Maurice Ricks June 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I need a bike to. work on getting in shape.for.getting

  2. pardhu January 28, 2014 at 12:13 am

    This is my resolution to make Earth day every day — I have decided to grow vegetables indoor( to be specific Tomatoes, green onions, radishes, eggplant, pepper, coriander, mint) and reduce consumption of processed/canned food to zero. Also decided to buy a bicycle for commuting to anywhere in 7km radius.

  3. sherry saam July 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I am very over weight and unemployed right now. I could really use this bike now to work on getting back in shape while I have the time. Also may son could use the bike since he only has his little one.

  4. Robin Suzanne July 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Meet my bicycle, Maxine…
    She’s cranky, slow to start, reluctant to change gears and sluggish on the uphill, which forces me to dismount and lead her along dangling a carrot just out of reach. She hates the rain and in her anxiety to return to her warm, dry stable, she refuses to stop at street corners; a trait that makes my hair gray and gives my heart an unpleasant thrill. Her kickstand needs Viagra, her brakes are tired, her tires are flaking and her skin has a terminal rust condition.

    I was born on the wrong side of the baby boom, so I know I’m much older than Maxine, and we both show our years, but Maxine is due for some major surgery, which would result in basically a new bike.

    But, that is not an option on my seriously challenged income.

    I have a lock, but even when I forget to use it, oddly, the bicycle thieves pass her by. Perhaps they realize that under that rust beats the heart of a beast that knows it is my only mode of transportation. More likely, they see no value in the dear old rust-bucket.

    Maxine struggles valiantly on, but she needs to retire to a tropical isle, kick back on the beach and smile as the cabana boys deliver her an icy Mai Tai.

    But Maxine must soldier on unless the lovely Scout could come to live with me. Scout’s baskets will be a welcome addition for grocery shopping. And I promise to feed her milk and cookies and let her sleep with the dog.

  5. Kahina Ferreira July 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I created a group with some friends from university called green ideas but it’s in portuguese “ideias verdes” and everyday we teach people how to reuse something that lost its value, every month we have a march called “marcha verde” it’s portuguese for green march. Check us out:
    I used to have a bike wich got broken a month ago and i would go everywhere with it, to the university, to work, to my girl’s place, to the beach. In my neighborhood i started showing people how they can live better and stress free from traffic and at the same time helping the Earth restore. I was the only one with a bike in my neighborhood in February, now there’s actually a group that gathers every saturday and do a trip around town, meeting new people and they thank me.
    Check my daily ecoride

  6. jetgraphics July 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Doing more with less so more can enjoy brings happiness.
    Doing less with more so few can enjoy brings misery.

  7. Natalie Stiffler July 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    My commuter bike was stolen about 2 months ago. I just relocated for a new job and don’t have the funds to buy a new commuter right now. I would really like to return to commuting to work to have a zero emission commute each day as I am a transportation planner working for the regional planning agency in San Diego. I really hope I win!

  8. MBSS July 8, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Just moved back to the US after 10 years in Europe where everyone bikes and life is pretty green! Now living in Dallas where biking used to be impossible! Now the city is moving forward with impressively green strides. There are bike routes everywhere and commuting by bike actually works! I picked up a small mountainbike on Craigslist, but it’s made for a 12-year old, not at 55 year old! So, I’d love a Linus, and I’d especially like to look just like the woman in the picture with the Linus! (And, for the more emotional side–yeah, my last brand new bike–from 1991–was stolen right out of our garage in Chicago. Since then I’ve only had used bikes. It’d be terrific to have a brand new one!)

  9. rousseau July 8, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Our family is working to get in shape, create an example for our toddler, and ride to our brand new community garden plot this summer! We have vintage bikes that are falling apart(one burst apart with her in the back yesterday!)and can’t ride in the rain…this would be a dream!
    We are also trying to shift to riding into college/daycare together instead of carpooling. This would be the beginning to something healthy and positive for our family!

  10. Robert T Mullane III July 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Because I was there for the first earth day! Because I’m old now, and need the greeeenest exercise I can get+. Because I smoked stupid cigarettes & need to quit so I can save myself from COPD/emphysema. Thank you!

  11. Alessandra Dorante July 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I’m looking for a perfect bike for summer. what do you think about this one? 😉

  12. jhero61 July 6, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    My Earth Year resolution is to connect my apartment up to residential solar and wind power, and to get use a bike for transportation whenever possible.

  13. Babs De Brabander July 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Because we want the EARTH to e ours for keeps !

  14. babs July 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve just discovered Inhabitat (I know, I’m so behind times!) and I love it! You know what I also love? Composting, water conservation, organic gardening and convincing my car dependent boyfriend to get a bike! If I win this bike, I will be one step closer to winning the bike vs car battle…so it’s a win-win situation! Please pick me, not for my sake but for the sake of my boyfriend, clean air and exercise!

  15. Jorge Luis Gómez Xelhu... July 3, 2013 at 6:24 am

    More than an Earth years’ resolution, it’s a constant. And it’s not really about living a greener life. It’s just trying to be less ambitious and trying to get people to be less ambitious as well. We’re told what to consume by big corporations, and of course it’s really hard to change that. But a start, for me, is simply not work for them, then gradually stop consuming their products, just that.

  16. nanaof02 July 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I ride my bike to and from work (1.6 miles each way) 2 to 3 times a day (shift work) 5 days a week. I’ve had it for approx 14 years and it has yet to break down. If I had a chance to win a new bike I would pass this one on to someone who would appreciate it as I have all this time. I am turning 50 this year and am in great shape due to the help of riding.

  17. Virginia Reilley July 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve been wanting a bike for ages. I could leave my car at home & use my bike to run my errands around time. Wouldn’t it great if everyone did the same thing!

  18. Jane Reilley July 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve been wanting a bike for ages. I could leave my car at home & use my bike to run my errands around time. Wouldn\’t it great if everyone did the same thing!

  19. Clark Williams July 2, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Showing our kids the benefits of walking and riding.

  20. Kimberly Sran June 30, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I feel will reall help in my current love to be healthy and feel pretty doing it

  21. menahkee June 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I have been adding more solar energy devices to my yard and house. I also ensure that if I am not using a device or even charger I unplug it to stop the seepage of electricity.
    This tied with the solar water heater I am making and reduction of waist is making my carbon footprint less and less.
    A bicycle is the next step in my little part to make the world a greener place.

  22. Martin Sabah June 28, 2013 at 1:40 am

    I will cycle more,
    and drive less.

  23. jfim April 18, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I Love biking and try to bike everywhere I can. Unfortunately my bike is nearly beyond repair. I’ve started buying from the local market as often as possible and when I buy meat, I buy from the local organic butcher who’s produce is farmed locally. When I do drive, I am accelerate like there is an egg between my foot and the gas pedal and I try to time my braking so that I never stop at red lights. I’ve noticed a huge increase in my miles per gallon.

    In general, I do my best to be conscious in my actions. I see that is the most important step in changing the way we use the world.

  24. Ekathleeen April 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I will never drive a car. period.

  25. TrishWasHere April 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Through the years I’ve adopted greener choices:
    I recycle
    I take the train to work and have been doing so for the past 6 years.
    I used non-plastic bags
    I buy organic

    However, the biggest contribution I’ve made to living greener is to cloth diaper!
    I initially purchased eco-friendly disposable diapers that break down in a few days, but then switched to cloth altogether. We use an earth-friendly soap and basically do one large load a week…

    A lot of folks ask us how we do it, or they say “why create more work for yourselves” just go to Costco and get a big tub of Huggies.

    Well it didn’t feel right. It takes one disposable diaper 500 years to decompose.

    Not only is the cloth better for our baby, it’s better for the planet.

  26. MsHippee February 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Sometimes you don’t have the resources or funds to do “great big” things for our home, mother earth, but as a Preschool Teacher in the urban trenches of Sacramento, I know that sometimes its the little things that can make the biggest impact. And in my life, those “little things” are my kids. I know that to make a difference in this world is to not only be a positive influence on our kids, but to teach them how to be role models themselves. In my classroom, we have group discussions on how we can contribute to the love of our environment and I let the kids come up with great ideas of their own to follow through on. A big resolution I have had this year is to let them create ideas, take responsibility for them and discover the feeling of accomplishment once they are successful. Some things we have done this year is a recycle drive for the whole school, in which all the students were encouraged to bring in plastics and cans from home which then would be recycled with the money being donated to a Battered Woman and Child Safehouse….All from the idea of just ONE of my students!! Talk about a great way to influence young children and know that what I do will greatly effect our planet long after I’m gone…I’m calling this the 15th generation project 😉 <3 MsHippee

  27. Mike G December 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I resolve to ride my bike for the vast majority of trips under 2 miles this year, including my trip to work.

  28. Dorina_StarSeed_Mexico October 16, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Hi. I have made the “Big Jump” twice in my life: 1rst I emigrated from Germany to Mexico in 1982, got 4 kids and changed profession. 2nd was when I moved in 2003 out of the 1,5 million habitant city Queretaro into the country side onto my little horse ranch with 20 stables, which I created and built during the previous 12 years. Now I live the alternative life style, got really both life styles as I work as a Psychotherapist and Alternative Healer in the city plus live 30 minutes from the center on the ranch and ride and do riding classes etc. So I am really blessed as I designed and supervised the construction of the ranch home, build with natural prime materials and on base of Feng Shui, used an ecological drainage system with it’s own small pond where plants eat away the “toxins and sewage waters”, etc.etc. Being happy today as I have found YOU , guys! i SOLD MY bike to my son (24) two years ago and really miss it now, need a new one!
    Sending Love & Light, Dorina :)

  29. Andrea Lucek September 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I truly prize your work, Great post.

  30. Quiana August 22, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Got it! Thanks a lot again for hlpeing me out!

  31. fede May 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I’m an architect, I have 33 years and use the bike all the time and to go everywhere, wherever I have to go. Do not use the car by choice, sometimes I use the excellent public transport of passengers if the weather will not let me … While pedaling around town, I have the habit of going around the streets looking objects and materials drawn or discarded by people who get up and with a little creativity I give them a new use, a new life. The bike that allowed me to see the city differently, more slowly, feeling more in detail to a case of finding the smallest nut roll to the side of the street … and so my house is full of things found, waiting to be brought back to life only with a good idea …

  32. May 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    On April 13, I went to Ocean Beach with my coworkers to pick up trash. Ocean Beach is on the Great Highway near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

  33. wendmoo April 30, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Have an evironmentally friendly party to encourage in those who are wavering on the edge. Do some edgy art work, dance with passion, cook up a great meal with home grown food.Embrace your inner eco-warrior!

  34. lakestreet35 April 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    My Earth Day resolutions is to inspire and motivate the members of my family to incorporate a ‘greener’ lifestyle than the one they are used to (I moved back home to live with them because I can’t get a job so I need them to do this). After volunteering to clean up the plastic bags on the Potomac on Earth Day my freshman year of college, I taught myself to be very conscious of my waste output. I try very hard to be conscious of turning off the lights and appliances when I am not using them, using a fan instead of air conditioner, going on a farmers market only eating lifestyle and I want to win the bike so I can get my sister out of driving the family car everywhere so we can ride together around NYC (which I love to do).

  35. dsanders April 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    As part of my Earth Year resolution I have started taking public transportation to get back and forth to work. Have a new job where I intend to teach and change the mentality of the Architect & Engineering office to one that looks at all projects as a chance to reduce energy consumption regardless of budget. As my Uncle says “Poor Folks Got Poor Ways”, which to me means that by changing the design process to think of interaction & uses in terms of what is needed and not over engineer.Skylights don’t cost as much if a photocell triggers the artificial lights to dim or go off on sunny days. We are capitalists, if the cost goes down by changing habits we are more likely to implement them and feel good about to boot!!

  36. jade April 30, 2011 at 3:56 am

    To live a greener life for me is about having a sense of purpose for being “green”. It’s about showing respect and valuing all kinds of life living on earth, be it humans, animals, and plants. It’s about being aware that we are all connected, so it’s important that we learn to live in harmony with life around us, to realize the importance and roles of each and every living organism, plants animals, and humans alike.

  37. toneranger April 30, 2011 at 1:22 am

    This year I will be trying to get a community garden started in my neighborhood. Once it is initiated I will try and promote the community garden in other neighborhoods and hopefully infect all of San Diego County!

    -Spread love like violence.

  38. rcrowen April 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I’ve been a vegan for over 22 years, since I was 16. I’ve been driving a Prius for 10 years, and I’m always trying to jump on my bike, to avoid having to use the car. So much better for my health, stress level, and of course the planet.

  39. janeymaceroni April 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Ahhh! Good luck everyone :)

  40. WendySue April 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    My Earth Day resolution is to teach my children (by example) to recycle, not waste paper, use reusable shopping bags and drinking containers, and to use their legs to get around whenever possible (rather than gasoline). We’ll also be planting trees!

    I’ve subscribed to your newsletter and like you on Facebook! Thx for the giveaway. :)

  41. Shay April 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    This year while going over my personal finances, I realized that I could make a few cash-saving changes in the ‘Entertainment Expenses’ category. While reviewing all of my entertainment expenses, I wondered how much of an expense my entertainment has on the planet. I thought about the environmental destruction that took place for things like movie theatres to be built and maintained. Then I took it further and imagined the carbon footprint of making movies from production all the way through promotions, the creation and distribution of DVDs or CDs, and everything in between. Other entertainment expenses included shopping with friends at the malls to hangout, clubbing, and bars. I thought about the carbon footprint of a mall and I imagined every object and product inside each mall and what it takes to get that product created and distributed for it to end up at a mall in Ormond Beach, Florida. My entertainment expenses also took into account the commute to get to each of these places, like gas money and car maintenance. Again I turned the question back to the environment and wondered what kind of expense my ‘Entertainment Commute’ was having on the planet.

    After marinating on these thoughts for a long time, I realized that my entertainment choices were not environmentally friendly. This year I made changes that have helped my budget and the planet. I now choose my entertainment based on how earth-friendly the activity is. Instead of going to the movies with friends, we go for long walks. Instead of going clubbing, my friends and I have started a hula-hooping fitness class on the beach. Instead of going to the mall to hangout and buy stuff that we don’t need, my friends and I bought surfboards and we walk to the beach every day to surf and hangout there instead. I have fun as locally and low-impact as possible. I have become a healthier consumer for the planet and a healthier person in mind and body. The best part of all is that I feel more connected with the Earth and my friends surfing than going to the clubs, and I have a much better time, too!

  42. RevDJ April 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    You asked for one thing, which I appreciate, as many earth-friendly acts are already part of my life. This month I purchased a bus pass, though I own a car, in order to take public transit as a regular alternative to visit my favorite worker owned bike co-op in the adjacent city of Minneapolis.

  43. crashingwave April 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I am using cloth diapers with my newest son and hanging to dry, we are now a family of 4 and continuing to live car free!!

  44. solarquest April 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Every day is earth day because to be aware of your relationship with the earth is to be alive.

  45. gwstevens April 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I promise to not drive to work for a year. I will use public transportation or car pool.

  46. olive April 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    As a designer I have a possibility not just to develope green products or recycling processes but gradually educate and change our relationship with nature by searching ways of stimulating people. I think that education from early days is of great importance for developing our proper behaviour. My decision for this year is to make workshops with children, learn them how to be eco-conscious, how to reuse old or broken things, be creative with spent papers, plastic cups, bags, whatever isn’t needed anymore. Also, I think it’s important to develope my own rituals, making 365 small decisions which daily contribute our planet by helping my own environment. Reducing consuption of water, for a start. Small changes of habits can become a great example to others and be powerful as well.

  47. samnarisa1 April 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    My resolution was to bike and skate to places, an alternative to subways. Ssummer’s coming up, MTA cards are getting increasingly expensive, plus why wouldn’t I want a nice breeze and getting somewhere faster?

  48. dkho April 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Living in NYC, I am lucky enough to be able to ride the subway almost anywhere I need to go. So I don’t own a car, and never will. That being said, I vow to rely on the subway less this year and walk/run/bike more places. (That and use less water – my other resolution for the year)!

  49. k8td April 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Lessen my use of plastic when grocery shopping, by bringing my own bags and bulk containers and cutting out most packaged foods.

  50. greenspan April 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Well even though I think I am green enough as it is by my work history, my current objective of starting a solar fashion line and a green roof non profit, I still have to make a new Earth Day goal to integrate into my every day lifestyle. If being named Alan Greenspan and having to put up with all the jokes about the economy, I say every day I am going to fix what my predecessor did wrong. I push every day to add a little green candle to peripheral of everyone’s l(eye)ves. Whether it’s waking up and making sure I at least post 1 green link in the news, or doing a little more research and finding any piece of beneficial knowledge, or littering in public in front of someone (the other day I was sitting in front of the gym waiting for my girlfriend to pick up my medicinal marijuana from the dispensary, and a guy running to the gym throws 2 perfectly good apples and an orange in the garbage on his way in. I waited for a bit, decided to ‘clean my car’ and as I was done throwing garbage away, I threw the fruit from the garbage into the grass

  51. bendapirate April 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    My resolution this year is to not use a car unless it is absolutely necessary. I plan on walking, public transportation, or (hopefully) riding the beautiful Linus above to get where I need. I plan on being sustainable as possible. No more using the dryer. Hang dry everything. Planting a vegetable garden this weekend and eat only fresh, non-processed foods. No more heat and air conditioning in the house. Windows open in the summer, fires in the fireplace during the winter.

  52. jetle25 April 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Everyday is Earth Day? I never had an Earth Day resolution so to speak. But by becoming more aware and learning the Truth. I’ve gone through a paradigm change in how I see myself as part of this Earth rather then being a voyeur or higher then Nature itself. Life has changed when you except you are part of Nature and you see there is no Good or Bad. I strive to live a more harmonious less wasteful life. Not only in material but spiritual. I’m on my way to become a producer rather a consumer. To look at our waste as solutions. To help people put on different goggles to view this world differently. To grow closer to the Earth by farming, gardening, and caring for plants, soil, animals, and my fellow human beings. To make relationships with people and the land.

  53. K8soon2bSpence April 29, 2011 at 11:56 am

    As a Chicagoan, I am fortunate to have so many opportunities to utilize public transportation. I don’t own a car, and I don’t plan to ever own one again. Unfortunately, the one thing Chicago hasn’t been good about is providing recycling containers to its residents as well as a recycling program. I plan to work with my landlord and fellow tenants to create a compost pile on the roof of our complex so we can try to actively help reduce the amount of waste we create. I hope by taking this first step, I can help encourage the landlord to look into the benefits of turning the complex into a LEED building.

  54. sesameseed89 April 29, 2011 at 11:32 am

    if i win this bike i will vow to never buy a car in my life. i will soley rely on alternative forms of transportation wether it be a bike, a train, car-share, a bus, or my feet.

  55. lafolata April 29, 2011 at 10:57 am

    My Earth Day resolution isn’t just a day, it is a lifestyle and career choice. I am a graphic designer and last year I entered the Sustainable Design program at MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in Sustainable Design. This is “hopefully” being developed into a Masters Program, which I will jump excitedly into with both feet! I am optimistic about our future and educating citizens about the products and choices that they make. I love being part of the change, coming up with inspiring and innovative designs that ignite a passion for sustainability in others. Creating healthy, thoughtful, fun and whimsical designs for the people and the planet which celebrate real value (our natural resources) are at the center of my citizenship on this Earth. Part of my Earth “life” resolution is to “walk the talk”, but “riding the talk” on a new bike would make the journey an even bigger blast!

  56. Jmjordan April 29, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I’m joining 2 local CSAs, contributing compostable material to a local composting group and volunteering to help the group spread the word about how easy it is to divert organic material from landfills.

  57. badkittie748 April 29, 2011 at 9:59 am

    In a way i suppose i have met most of my new years resolutions save for two. i have cut my carbon emissions by getting rid of my classic car which emitted more smog than most new vehicles on the market combined. unfortunately in San Antonio TX there really isnt any other way to get around except to take the bus, walk or bike around. Im unemployed right now so i cant afford the bus, and i dont currently own a bike so i walk where i can to accomplish what i need to do.

    i rarely throw away containers that i can use again for either tupperware or glass jars for storing excess liquids.

    unfortunately i cannot grow anything where i live which is a extended stay hotel. the hotel has strict rules about plants or Furniture outside the room.

    I shop at thrift stores and consignment shops where and when i can in an effort to re use items rather than buy new, this includes clothes. i sometimes will find good clothes and use them to turn them into a completely new garment or fashion.

    I have plans in my head for a totally green portable home in the near future which is one of my last goals to accomplish. I just need to get on my feet again.

  58. wis2323 April 29, 2011 at 9:46 am

    As I bike around our area (we are in the country) I stop to pick up and clean the ditch of the annoying litter bugs, trash. Why can’t they clean their cars out when they get home or get gas.I take it home and trash or recycle the items. Found some old tires, need the car for this.

  59. Chaya Kurtz April 29, 2011 at 8:40 am

    My goal is to find a way to make my neighborhood (Crown Heights in Brooklyn) a healthier place. One goal is to organize a series of classes for women on women’s health issues. Another is to support local biking initiatives. Another way is to lead by example — consuming less and producing less waste starts at home.

  60. chuafunky April 29, 2011 at 5:26 am

    My Earth Day resolution is to eat meat-free dinners every day for a year. I know this may sound unimpressive to many readers of this blog, but for me it will be a tremendous challenge. I’m used to having meat with every meal, and am a huge sucker for a good steak dinner, but I want to start taking more responsible actions, and this will be my first step. My hope is that by doing meat-free meals, I’ll wean myself off my “dependence” on meat, and start developing a repetoire of satisfying meat-free recipes that will help me sustain a reduced-meat diet.

  61. the silent B April 29, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Cherish the planet that we have, ensure that we leave it in a better state for our childern than when we were born and educate our children to do the same.

  62. Jiayi April 29, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Ever since I was young, Earth Day has always been a special day for me. I have my elementary school teachers to thank, who recognized the great value of inspiring awareness in kids at a young age. Although the classroom activities did not center on hard statistics or environmental politics, the simple actions of planting new trees in the community and singing songs about Earth Day with my classmates instilled an everlasting impression. It has always been an enjoyable way for me to celebrate my birthday, even if I am no environmentalist expert.

    Even so, I have always made the conscious effort to recycle and turn off any electronics and faucet when not in use. After going to college and not having the luxury of a car, I grew accustomed to using public transportation or just simply, walk.

    Now that I am graduated and have become a Californian resident (I have just about reached my sixth month!), I still keep all of my usual practices, even public transportation. It has not always been easy traveling the limited bus routes in California’s suburbs, especially since I always purchase too much groceries in one trip due to my love of cooking daily—it is always nice to have dinner leftovers to pack for next day’s lunch. Many of my coworkers ask if I will purchase a car in the near future, and my answer has always been a “No.”

    Therefore, my sustainable action will be to avoid using fuel-based transportation—even public transportation. If I am able to acquire the Linus bike, it will become my daily mode of transportation instead.

  63. lucky56nj April 29, 2011 at 3:52 am

    My Earth Day resolution is to buy on/off outlet switches for all of my electrical items that are always on and to turn them all off until I use them. Off coffee maker. Off ipod dock. Off microwave. Yes, it is simple, but if millions of people did this simple act, think of all the electricity that would not be used.

  64. Mary Jo April 29, 2011 at 3:31 am

    This year I’ll expand on the things I have been doing. I NEVER use my clothes dryer. Everything gets hung on the line outside as long as it’s in the upper 30’s and inside when it’s colder (this is Iowa afterall). My clothes are second hand (except for underwear and socks) and my children’s clothes are almost all second hand, except for some shoes and hard to find items. We recycle everything we can and compost in our backyard. I have a garden plot at a community garden for vegetables, but my yard is a big green project. I have a half lot so I’m making the most of it with edible landscaping. I’ve planted 2 apples in the front, bush cherries, rhubarb, and strawberries along the side, and plums throughout the yard. My backyard (with the laundry line) has 3 grapes, a sweet cherry tree, currants, bush apricots, red and black raspberries, blackberries, dewberries, and honeyberries. Flowers fill virtually all that remains. Not only does this make my yard a practical use of space, but it will eliminate mowing completely. Bees, birds, and butterflies find this type of space more rare in towns. I guess the time spent doing all of these things instills a different set of values in my children and that’s a positive far-reaching benefit.

  65. derrickslc April 29, 2011 at 2:30 am

    The most important personal resolution for living greener in this next year is to change current transportation choices. As a promoter of recycling & environmental awareness, I am also a proud supporter & assistant at our local farmers market. Bicycling is an option that I have not had for over two years now since my previous bike was stolen, leaving me auto and oil dependent.

    In the past three months, I’ve had a resurgent attitude towards my own health: quitting bad habits, working out regularly, & eating more balanced meals. The next step is to change how I get around. Having a bicycle, I’d love to set a goal to ride every day in the next coming year (snow days too!). This action would eliminate a huge amount of resources consumed by driving, help improve physical health, build strength, & increase personal awareness that I could share with others looking for greener choices in life.

    The best to all of us actively pursuing & currently practicing greener habits and choices. Thank you Inhabitat for inspiring the imaginations of those who dream green!

  66. rbenson1011 April 29, 2011 at 12:29 am

    In the past year or so, we have started recycling. We tend to buy used. We’ve started using reusable bags and cups. We started a compost pile. We’re a one compact car family that rarely drives anywhere. I also quit smoking.

    Its a baby step process for my family. We cant afford solar panels, hybrid cars, and fancy rain barrels. We just try to make a difference, even if its a small impact. Having a child has really made me rethink some of our habits.

    This year, our green goals are to get me on a bike. My husband already bikes to/ from work. We’re currently working on switching to natural cleaners. We’re trying a container garden. Whatever we cant grow ourselves, we’ll be buying from our local farmer’s market. Im hoping to make a complete switch to organic produce.

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