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Green Issue 

City Weekly's first-annual guide to a greener life.

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Climate change, ozone depletion, carbon footprints: We’re living the stuff of science fiction these days. Time is running out and greenhouse gases are winning. We’ve started a new religion to go with this ominous forecast, one called Green, a movement that calls for a more thoughtful and intrepid approach to life, one where we “take responsibility.”

And like many religious movements, there’s a lot of preaching going on. Why be green? Or, how dare you call yourself green? And, are you green enough? As humans, our consumption knows no bounds. We like to “supersize.”

Conserving and reusing are forever at odds with our inner spoiled-rotten kid. Thus, we need to talk. That’s why City Weekly has come to the party with its first Green Issue. We’ve asked “ecopreneur” Scott Cooney, a co-founder of the ReDirect Guide, to weigh in with his Top 25 local green ideas. Jason Bultman of the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective fame describes what it’s like to bike to work every day, facing down rain, sleet and snow. And green-from-birth Wina Sturgeon takes this opportunity to ask around town to see if this green thing is ever gonna catch on. Also, check out MaryAnn Johanson’s
“Green Screen” and Ted Scheffler’s “Eat Your Greens” for more green goodness.

Chew and savor slowly and then, by all means, recycle—if that is how you roll.

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Wasted Not
Utahns inch their way toward a greener life.
By Wina Sturgeon

The Green 25
'Ecopreneur' Scott Cooney gives props to local green pioneers and innovators.
By Scott Cooney

Ride Harder
The thrills and spills of riding your bike to work–every day.
By Jason Bultman

Green Screen
Looking to movies for your environmental messages can be a scary proposition.
By Maryann Johanson

Eat Your Greens
Foraging for sustainable foods in restaurants and at home.
By Ted Scheffler

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