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    •  Good point ... it is (2+ / 0-)

      much more universal than just manufacturing.

      There are lots and lots and lots of little things all of us could do, but unfortunately, too many people think they are too small to matter. They're not.

      As the Germans like to say (literally translated): Little animals also produce manure.

      None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

      by achronon on Sun May 05, 2013 at 11:54:02 PM PDT

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      •  Sometimes people don't know how and if they've (0+ / 0-)

        never seen anybody else do it then they may be shy about trying it in their front yard and failing at the same time they are fighting regulations that say your grass must be only 'so' tall and your yard must be grass, etc.
            The best thing we can do is do it in public. There's guerilla gardening in the city, or just be the first on your block to have what they used to call a Victory Garden, so the day we all need to know this some people still will. But there's a world of difference between theory and practice.
            Let other people see that you mow your lawn with sheep and be proud of it. Keep your own chickens and heavens- let's rebel and save our own rainwater before the corporations charge for that too.
           

        •  You can at least replace the grass (1+ / 0-)
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          With a more sustainable variety.

          Highcountnrygardens.com has some native varieties that need less water and little mowing. Some only get 3 - 4 inches tall, and might only need to be mowed once or twice a summer.

          So if you must have grass, at least you can use a better grass.

          •  I don't want to live in a community where you MUST (0+ / 0-)

            make your place conform to a style, although maybe some people do. (We chose zone "e" for everything and every 15 years or so we have to fight against rezoning but our neighborhood likes it this way so far.)

            •  I don't think it has to be a "must", (1+ / 0-)
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              nor do I think we all have to be the same, though Kurt Vonnegut has said on more than one occasion that peer pressure is the most powerful force in the universe. (Odd, Einstein thought it was compound interest ... but I digress.)

              Too many simply don't have the courage to stand up, stick out, or be different. I think my point is that even little things matter, if there are enough of them.

              None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

              by achronon on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:14:04 AM PDT

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