From The Editorial Desk
Thursday, April 20, 2000
At the same time, regardless of the progress we've made, we have much, much further to go before we become an earth-friendly society.
This week's issue marries Earth Day with our Home & Garden special section. On the following pages, you'll find ideas and suggestions for ways that you can live more peacefully with Mother Earth. On the home front, Chuck Thurman reports on ways to reduce your water and energy consumption. Ideas run from simple to complex--such as installing your own photovoltaic or solar heating systems. For the garden, Catrina Coyle delivers a story about the Monterey Bay Master Gardeners, a valuable resource for help with your ecologically sound planting projects. From there, we step out of our yards and hit the road.
At CorbinMotors in Hollister, they are producing an all-electric car that's surprising speedy. Staffwriter Laurel Chesky tells the tale of "Sparrow. Ruler of the City Streets."
And, as a reminder of the progress we've made, Chesky has also uncovered a list of the environment-related legislation that's been passed in the last 30 years. It's an important list, but it's a list that's missing the most important step we have to take if we truly want to save the planet.
Nowhere on the list is personal responsibility legislated; the laws are designed to hold industry and businesses accountable. The laws do not, and should not, dictate personal conscience.
And that, perhaps, points the way to the most pressing goal for the next 30 years of environmentalism: investing people with a higher sense of personal accountability.
To that end, we offer this special Earth Day/Home and Garden issue.