Several of us have been talking about the horrible gulf oil spill (leak? gush? disaster?) and how can we do anything to help. The best thing anyone can do it write a letter to congress. Seriously. Having met and heard speak, various congressmen, who all say a personal letter from their constituents – especially ones from the youth – will be read, rather than a petition or a form letter. A letter not as much placing blame on anyone for the tragedy or being negative about it, but a letter about what we can and should be doing to alleviate this from happening again. A letter stating that you support and want congress to pass comprehensive clean, green energy and climate legislation that puts our nation on the path to a sustainable energy future as well as creating new economy that grows jobs and a new american culture through production of cleaner vehicles and fuels, promotion of energy efficiency and renewables, placing firm limits on global warming pollution and ensuring that an oil spill catastrophe never happens again.
Perhaps a letter writing table in the library encouraging people to write down and mail their thoughts? A program with the youth in the library or school to write letters or draw pictures and mail to your local congressmen? Are any libraries doing this or something similar? Please share your ideas!
Green Answers – a community driven, user-generated site for answering your green questions. Okay, so it’s not librarians, but a great place to go to ask “green” questions and get answers from green minded community people, or share your own answers and thoughts. Read what other people are asking and explore ideas and questions you might have as well. If you sign up for Green Answers they even plant a tree in your honor. You can then earn Karma points by asking and answering questions, adding your points up to plant another tree! Got a reference question you can’t answer – maybe Green Answers can be your “green librarian” reference help.
The ALA’s Task Force on the Environment or TFOE, states its mission to “Promotes awareness of environmental issues within ALA; addresses information exchange on the world environment; and provides services, programs and publications that assist librarians with environmental issues in the workplace and in local communities.” Join the green community online at ALA Connect to meet up and share ideas with other green minded librarians!
I love being considered quirky so thanks to Salem Press for their Library Blog Awards, granting this Going Green @ your library blog 3rd place in the “quirky library blogs” category! Do check out the other quirky blogs (some are hilarious!), as well as the other wonderful library blogs, many of which I already follow and worth a read. Thanks to Hannah (The Global Librarianship blogger) who nominated me in the first place 🙂
Here are some helpful tips about power management and printing: The Ultimate 5 Ways to Go Green on Your Computer (thanks for the tip Stacey!)