What do EcoGeeks do different on Thanksgiving?
There's nothin' like a good ol' fashioned feast...and if you're like me, you're not gonna let something as silly as the future of the planet get between you and some thankful decadence. But if you're looking to lower your turkey-based footprint just a tad, there are a couple things that EcoGeeks can do.
- Free Willy!
Just like every president in the last 25 years...free your meal. It turns out, unfortunately, that turkeys bred for meat don't live very long anyhow, but you can rescue a turkey from a factory farm for only $25 using adopt-a-turkey. It's good to have a save-one, eat-one policy in my book.
- Go Local
If a turkey must die for you (and one must die for me!) buy one locally. Mine comes from a nearby Hutterite farm.
- Deep Fry It!
Cooking a turkey can take a huge amount of time and energy. But things go much more quickly (and create far less carbon) if you deep fry your bird.
- DON'T GO ANYWHERE!
It's important not to travel during peak times...as the peaks are what define capacity. The less we consume during peaks, the less capacity will have to be built into our carbon-based transportation system. Make St. Patrick's Day your family tradition! Be Thankful for Green Beer.
- Drive Away on Turkey Juice!
Since you're going to be using quite a bit of oil to fry your turkey anyway...you might want to look into recycling it...or giving it to a friend who either makes bio-diesel or has a veggie-truck conversion kit.
- Be Thankful
Don't forget to include the scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who are saving the world in your thanksgiving praise.
That's all we've got for you...stay in town...hang out with friends...take the day to relax instead of to travel at the WORST TIME POSSIBLE. In the end I guarantee you'll be happier...and with all that deep frying...maybe a little bit fatter too.
written by Ambassadors Jakupca, November 22, 2007
written by Charity Vargas, November 27, 2007
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