Randy W Horton

Entrepeneur - internet marketing, Entrepreneur

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Am I a eco friendly green minded man?

I drive a 1993 Ford pick-up truck, I live in a house built in 1904, and the city I call home is well over a hundred years old.
1. 1993 Ford Truck: was purchased used a few short months ago from the original owner for $1500. Today's new vehicle would cost 20 times more and promote the manufacturing of more new trucks. The production of a new truck involves taking more resources from our planet and creates pollution from the manufacturing.
2. 1904 Home: My home provides shelter and comfort for my family and I, This home has done the same for 3 other families in the past. Buying or building a new home would involve taking trees from the forest as lumber and promote the creation of pollution form the manufacturing of the other materials needed to build.
3. The City I call home is New Orleans. The cities foot print was placed on earth years ago. Moving to a suburban new area would destroy more of our mother nature so I wont move.

I now ask you, "Am I a eco friendly green minded man?".

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    Jul 24 2011: probably not. your car probably consumes way more fuel than a modern car. i assume you spend like 20 times as much as the world average. i bet you eat processed and packed food. i bet you have a trendy cellphone.
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      Jul 25 2011: Dear Krisztian, the truck is used to run around a city in which I live about 18 miles a day 4 to 5 days a week. The vehicle uses about .9 gallons a day if driven. Where as a new vehicle may double the millage yet be 20 time the the cost. It is that twenty times spending worth the actual $1.89 I would save a day? No, as it would take about 6 years to to break even in the vehicle cost not to mention I have added a vehicle to produce more emissions, rather than decreasing vehicles on the road. I actually consume a 100% raw vegetable juice diet for the ultra high nutrient benefits.I also have a way more than trendy phone in which I am able to use as a tool to keep my need of driving down to a minimum and it is equipped with a long lasting lithium battery which needs much less recharging than a nickle hydride battery will use to recharge. I see the word probably used twice in your brief reply which translates to stereo typical labeling of others. However, it was derived from a Translator which may account for misunderstanding both ways. May God bless you and your family to the end of time. Best Regards, Randy
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    Jul 26 2011: There might be a lot of good ideas out there that are not followed up with action.....I agree with that.....however, I don't buy into the car example.
    The older a car gets, the more a burden it becomes to the environment. Technologies improve and each generation of cars is a bit better than the previous one.
    Eventually your car will be so old that you can't use it anymore. What then ? You need to buy another one. To buy another one, somebody has to sell it. It might be another used car or a new one. If you buy a used one, the seller of it needs a replacement for it as well and so it goes.......eventually, if there is no production of new cars, we will obviously run out of cars, since cars don't have an infinite shelf life.
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      Jul 26 2011: Once again I agree. However the car is a place to start in the green world as it is the only product manufactures refuse to build in an affordable economic way. I would love a new alternative powered vehicle that goes further than 150 miles and cost under $10K US! This would be possible if:

      On 11-11-2011 we all refuse to let the auto manufactures hold us back any longer!
      Everybody would stop buying new cars and that's it.

      We all demand a non-fossil fuel car, We demand a car everyone can afford, (not a $40,000 Hybrid). We demand this.
      11-11-2011 we stop buying new cars! We demand manufactures must provide us with what we want not with what they want.

      Now, that would work.
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        Jul 27 2011: Yes, that would be the ideal world. Companies producing what people want and not the other way around. As a by product companies could save also a fortune on advertising because if you produce what everybody wants anyway, you don't need to advertise anymore.
        To make something like that work, people would have to leave behind their egoism and focus on a larger common goal..........not something I expect to happen any time soon....unfortunately;
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    Jul 25 2011: Randy, being environmental friendly takes much more than just the few things you mentioned.
    If you wouldn't drive this 1993 truck, somebody else would and as Krisztian already mentioned, I'm also doubtful about eco friendliness of an old car vs. a new one.
    The same is true for the house. If you wouldn't live there, somebody else would, unless it's in so a bad shape that you have to tear it down.
    Doesn't matter whether you live in the city or on the countryside. What matters is what you do and how you use the space you occupy. On the countryside you could have a big garden, plant your own fruits and veggies, compost your organic waste, set up alternative energy supplies and rain water collection, etc., etc.
    So, no, my conclusion based on what you wrote above is the same as Krisztian's. I don't think you can call yourself an eco friendly, green minded person......sorry for the bad news !
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      Jul 26 2011: Very well put! I however ask you to consider if everyone woke up tomorrow and also decided to not buy another new car and kept the one they have until a better greener car was manufactured at a cost based income consideration or something there of. Would it not change the world? Would it be considered to be a "making It Happen" way to try? I see millions of ideas every day to make us greener but I rarely see action!
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    Jul 24 2011: Sadly good intentions and good results isn't allways correlated. I recommend watching this[1] talk. It might not give you the answer to your questions, but it definitely will give an important view on the subject that often is overlooked in popular discussions. If you are an "echo friendly green man", I don't know. But because you posted the question I am sure you are an "echo friendly green MINDED man", and that's a good start.

    [1] http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/catherine_mohr_builds_green.html