Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2007 19:19 UTC, submitted by DevL
Apple Steve Jobs writes about Apple's efforts to become a more enironmental friendly company. "Apple has been criticized by some environmental organizations for not being a leader in removing toxic chemicals from its new products, and for not aggressively or properly recycling its old products. Upon investigating Apple's current practices and progress towards these goals, I was surprised to learn that in many cases Apple is ahead of, or will soon be ahead of, most of its competitors in these areas. Whatever other improvements we need to make, it is certainly clear that we have failed to communicate the things that we are doing well." Among other things, Apple will introduce LEDs in displays to Macs this year.
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by iskios on Wed 2nd May 2007 20:14 UTC in reply to "RE"
iskios
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2005-07-06

It's about balance. I own computers, some of which I have gotten from colleges and companies that would have scrapped them right into the local land fills. I do not drive, I use a rather minimal amount of paper, etc.

I do not pretend that I do not pollute the world in my own way, everyone does, but I do hope that by living a certain way I am keeping a certain balancing act going that keeps me polluting the world a little less.

Does that little bit mean much? Maybe not, that one drop in the ocean usually doesn't, but if millions of us try to do it, we start to make a difference.

So, i understand your rant, Green has become as much a buzzword as buying trinkets has become charity, but we can hope to inspire people to make their little difference here and there, and what's wrong with that?

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by Kroc on Wed 2nd May 2007 20:26 in reply to "RE"
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2005-11-10

"but if millions of us try to do it, we start to make a difference. "
Indeed, we do, but at the end of the day we just pollute less. We don't reverse the incredible damage we've done to the planet.

Just as we've been discussing this, another couple of acres of rainforest has disappeared. Another 6 species of animal or plantlife has just been made extinct. The cure for cancer could just have been wiped out in the last 10 minutes, and we wouldn't know about it.

I'm not disagreeing with you, just pointing out that the way the human race is now, it's a downard hill with no way of going back.

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by abraxas on Fri 4th May 2007 13:44 in reply to "RE"
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2005-07-07

"but if millions of us try to do it, we start to make a difference. "
Indeed, we do, but at the end of the day we just pollute less. We don't reverse the incredible damage we've done to the planet.


Look, no one is going to convince everyone in the world to stop using electricity and we don't need to do that to correct the CO2 problem. Volcanoes and other natural phenomena dump huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere and have been doing that for billions of years without a problem. CO2 isn't a problem itself, too much of it is. When you say we "pollute less" then that is a good thing as long as our CO2 emissions do not exceed what mother earth (including the human race and other species) can bear. Despite what you believe some symptoms of massive CO2 emissions can be reversed like global warming. It's not all doom and gloom yet, but it will be if we don't start doing something now, like being greener. Every little bit helps.

Edited 2007-05-04 13:45

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by Isolationist on Wed 2nd May 2007 20:55 in reply to "RE"
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2006-05-28

Why not use the word 'got' instead of 'gotten', unless you are using stock phrases?

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