Earth Day Resolution

It was four years ago today, on Earth Day 2008, that I decided to go vegetarian. I’d like to say I did it for the environment but I was like most people – I recycled and used products that were environmentally friendly but I wasn’t aware of the impact of my food choices. I learned all of that later after discovering how easy it was to be vegetarian. I originally went vegetarian for the animals, for my fiancee at the time, and because I no longer had a good reason not to.

I wish I could say I went vegan on Earth Day 2009 but I didn’t go vegan until September 01 2009 after watching Mercy For Animals Undercover Investigation at Hy-Line Hatchery.

Being vegan is the single most significant thing you can do for the planet (not to mention the animals and your health). Once vegan you look for more ways to reduce your negative impact.

My Earth Day 2012 resolution is to park my car and take public transportation, or walk, 95% of the time. San Francisco is the birthplace of Earth Day and the greenest city in the US. San Francisco banned plastic grocery bags and almost half of all residents bike, walk or take public transportation on a daily basis. [2013 update I met the goal and now take public transportation or walk 99% of the time.]

Ready to ride: Giants backpack with extra shopping bags, iPhone 4S, credit card holder cover with Clipper Card / Muni Pass

In operation since 1912 the San Francisco Muni (SFMTA) is one of the oldest transit systems in the world. It’s the seventh largest in the US and serves more than 200 million customers a year. The Muni fleet is very unique and includes: historic streetcars, biodiesel and electric hybrid buses and electric trolley coaches, light rail vehicles, paratransit cabs and vans and of course cable cars. Cable cars were invented in San Francisco in 1873 to handle the steep hills. I ride electric buses, streetcars and cable cars on a regular basis. On the rare occasions that I leave San Francisco to go to another part of the Bay Area I take BART or the ferry.

As automobile use rose in the 1940’s and 1950’s most cities dismantled streetcar systems in favor of gas buses but San Francisco kept its electric infrastructure. In the 1980’s and 1990’s Muni started acquiring abandoned historic streetcars from all over the world to be restored for modern day commuter use. Currently operating in SF are streetcars from: San Francisco, Louisville, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Mexico City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Milan with many others currently being restored.

1051 is from Philadelphia but has been painted in SF Muni colors and was used in the Harvey Milk film “Milk”

San Francisco has some incredible goals for 2020: zero waste, 100% green power and Muni plans to be 100 percent emission-free! Of course there is still room for some other quick improvements.

What’s your Earth Day Resolution?

Work every day of your life to right what is wrong.

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3 Responses to Earth Day Resolution

  1. Kathy says:

    I love your post. Congratulations on making such a personal difference. Is this on Facebook, or can I share it somehow?
    Thank you.

  2. Ryan Moore says:

    Filled my tank with gas today – I’ll post when I fill it again – it’s going to be awhile. Earth Day Resolution goes into full effect today!

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