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January 29, 2006

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Mihai

Claudia, thanks so much for that post! The environmental situation in Romania is so under-reported, and it's really good to see other perspectives on it.

I support the green way of life too, and it's really annoying that environmentalism and green politics aren't really valued here. I mean, surely there are more important issues, but ecology is something that no Romanian government has ever cared about (the EU is pressuring us slightly to reduce industrial waste, but that's about as far as they go). I've lived outside of Romania, and when you tell people about reciclare they do stare quite blankly and probably say in their mind "Ah, he's a hippie" :)

I suggest you contact the Ecological Federation of Romania, which is Romania's only green political party (yes, it's a shame that in Romania there is no visible green party). They're located in Bucharest, and their email is ecologic at arexim dot ro.

Looking forward to hearing more and more posts about the enviroment!

Oliver

What is the reason for saving water in Romania? It is not Spain. Water isn't scarce and it's a renewable resource. There is a point in not putting detergents into the water, but why conserve water? It will end up in a river anyway.

Doug M.

Oliver,

Actually, water can be quite scarce here. No, it isn't Spain, but the further east you go in Europe, the more irregular rainfall becomes. Romania has years of flood (like 2005) and years of drought, both fairly regularly.

Also, water here is heavily subsidized; we're only paying between a quarter and half of the real cost. This means that, every time we let the tap run, we're draining money out of the Romanian taxpayer's pocket.


Doug M.

Oskar L.

Claudia,
A very good post. Although I wouldn't call myself a Green by a long shot (actually, I a very passionate opponent of the Swedish Green party, a big supporter of nuclear power and lower energy taxes) I do take it very badly when people waste natural resources, including water.

Even though in most countries, including Sweden, the vast majority of water is consumed by agriculture or industry and households only account for a smaller percentage, I get a bad conscience whenever I let the tap run while I'm washing my teeth.

The low subsidized price of water and the waste it encourages (especially within agriculture) is actually a very large part of the recurring water shortages they have in parts of Spain. Water is is about five times more expensive here in Sweden than in Spain, and, believe me, it's not because there's a shortage of supply!

The situation you describe makes it clear that communism is just as good at wasting natural resources as it is human resources.

Victor

"Green" products! This is a real good one! rofl
Did you ever mentioned something about "organic" food?! I've missed that one ... Sooorrryyyyyy! rofl
Well ... Let's go back to "green" products! There is NOT such a thing when it's about cleaning products. Just in case you've forgoten they are also "sanitizers" on market! Designed "to kill" bacterias and other micro organisms. "Green" products! Soaking with chemicals! rofl
Should I put that on your ignorance ... ?! rofl
Guys ... do you realy want a "green" product?! Use water. Hot or cold. It doesn't matter! It's cleaning everything (including sins). Doesn't sanitize everything though ... rofl
Btw ... the incubator is the best (and the only way) to keep most of the micro organisms away. You should get one! Or quit breathing. It's also working! rofl
Did you quit using cars? And go between 2 places by horse? It's also "green", you know. Not to mention that you're saving money on gas :)) Alot!rofl
And about the hippie meaning ... it's simple: quit smoking! Cigarettes, of course! Don't step on the grass, smoke it! rofl It's also "green"!!
Jesus! How about "stop making fouls of yourselves"?!Huh!?:(

claudia

Oh, Victor.

Aren't you embarrassed when you reveal your total lack of chemistry 101 -- and of spelling 101 --- in this blatant manner?

"Green" products! This is a real good one! rofl
Did you ever mentioned something about "organic" food?! I've missed that one ... Sooorrryyyyyy! rofl

I'm glad you're amused!

Well ... Let's go back to "green" products! There is NOT such a thing when it's about cleaning products.

A'hm. Victor? Ever heard of biodegradable? Look it up. Google it.

Just in case you've forgoten they are also "sanitizers" on market! Designed "to kill" bacterias and other micro organisms. "Green" products! Soaking with chemicals! rofl

Chemistry 101: Everything is made of chemicals. My baby, this computer, the grass on the other side of the fence. The sun! The moon! The stars!

Even you.

It's just that some chemicals are more harmful than others. It's wise to avoid those.

Should I put that on your ignorance ... ?! rofl

Are you really rolling on the floor all the time?

That would explain a lot, actually.


Guys ... do you realy want a "green" product?! Use water. Hot or cold. It doesn't matter! It's cleaning everything (including sins). Doesn't sanitize everything though ... rofl
Btw ... the incubator is the best (and the only way) to keep most of the micro organisms away.


Water doesn't clean oil. Read your chemistry book.

Incubator? I'm not following you here. Maybe you mean sterilizer? Like a steam sterilizer for baby bottles? We actually do own one. Or an autoclave? You know, that big thing they use to sterilize OP tools?

Tea tree oil is a very good sanitizer. And I'm not one for sanitizing everything everywhere anyway.

You should get one! Or quit breathing. It's also working! rofl


[Confused] Quit breathing will do exactly what?

Did you quit using cars? And go between 2 places by horse? It's also "green", you know. Not to mention that you're saving money on gas :)) Alot!rofl

You are absolutely right. Now, I don't own a horse. But I walk a lot. And we have a car that doesn't use much gas. And you?

And about the hippie meaning ... it's simple: quit smoking! Cigarettes, of course! Don't step on the grass, smoke it! rofl It's also "green"!!

I don't smoke. Never have. I don't really know where hippies come in here.

Jesus! How about "stop making fouls of yourselves"?!Huh!?:(

Oh, I wouldn't dream of making a foul of myself. Really.

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