1. Compost. First and foremost is composting. Green waste too often ends up in landfills or gets burned as trash, and it’s completely unnecessary. Green waste can be deposited at community collection areas, or simple home compost bins can be inexpensively and easily created. Feel free to ask us for more details later. We can even supply some starter worms to get you going.
2. Utilize reusable bottles & containers. This one is certainly catching on, but we all have lapses. Tim didn’t have lapses.
3. No plastic bags, no plastic wrap. I won’t give Tim’s anti-plastic lecture here. Feel free to look up the vast negative effects of plastics on the environment, but for now, let’s just take Tim’s word for it.
Review: 1. COMPOST, 2. REUSE, 3. NO NASTY PLASTICS!
4. Use cloth napkins. Void your house of paper napkins and paper towels. Cloth napkins and cloth towels reduce household paper consumption and take up virtually no extra space in our laundry piles, meaning they don’t use additional water either.
5. Conserve water. Low flow flush knobs are available at hardware stores and can be easily installed by anyone on their current toilet. SDG&E offers faucet regulators for free to most customers as well.
6. Use electrical power strips & unplug things. In addition to mitigating the steady trickle of “always on” energy loss, this is also a sensible household fire prevention measure as well.
Review: 1. COMPOST, 2. REUSE, 3. NO NASTY PLASTICS, 4. CLOTH, 5. CONSERVE, 6. DEPOWER!
7. Eat sustainable foods. Bananas travel too far. Swordfish is completely overfished. Many conventional vegetables use petroleum-based fertilizers. Be informed about what you eat. Buy locally.
8. Eat less meat. A continuation of the previous point, but bears specific mention in and of itself. Pound for pound, the carbon foot print of animal proteins is exponentially greater than the carbon foot print of non-animal proteins.
9. Walk… run… bike… No further clarification required.
Review: 1. COMPOST, 2. REUSE, 3. NO NASTY PLASTICS, 4. CLOTH, 5. CONSERVE, 6. DEPOWER, 7. EAT SMART, 8. EAT SMARTER, 9. WALK… RUN… BIKE….
10. LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Be aware of your every action. Every day, every action. Wash off a piece of foil and reuse it. Make the ten minute walk to pick up a pizza order. Honor Tim with each decision. Lead by example. Tim was a gentle man of firm action. He was blessed with every gift but length of years, and he always felt steadfast dedication to the conservation of our world. Let us now take up the banner and continue Tim’s mission in honor of our great friend and loved one. Where one man once stood now swells the energy of thousands, united through one miraculous spirit.
**This is from the eulogy delivered at Scripps Seaside Forum, May 18, 2011 by John Francis Scanlon
More on the legacy of Tim Ray:https://cmbc.ucsd.edu/education/marine-biodiversity-and-conservation-resources/conservation/tribute/legacy/