Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Earth Day

As you all may know, Earth Day is April 22!  Originally celebrated on this day in 1970, Earth Day has been a time to take a moment and appreciate our beautiful Earth and to turn our thoughts to keeping it beautiful.  
According to earthday.org, their Earth Day mission is to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide… More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world… through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.”
How will you participate and celebrate Earth Day?  Here are some ideas from the weblog Inhabitat (inhabitat.com), to help you plan the Earth’s special day:
  1. Don’t Drive – walk or use you bike!
  2. Recycle E-Waste - Chances are, you’ve got an outdated electronic appliance gathering dust somewhere in your house right now. Make sure those gadgets end up properly recycled instead of taking up space or leaching toxins in a landfill.  Lookup where to recycle e-waste and other special household waste at the Westchestergov.com website (http://environment.westchestergov.com/special-waste)
  3. Plant Food – Start your own garden
  4. Go Solar – Besides rooftop solar panels, smaller solar harvesting devices are popping up all over, from pocket-sized phone chargers to portable multi-panel kits.
  5. Get Outside - Earth Day is about enjoying and taking care of the planet.  Go for a hike, take a nature walk with your kids, plan a picnic in the park, or a game of kickball with your buddies. Remember how great it feels to have the wind in your hair and the sun on your face!
Of course, here is a great list of some books to celebrate Earth Day:
  • Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope
  • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, by Al Gore
  • Utterly Amazing Earth, by Dorling Kindersley
  • World Without Fish, by Mark Kurlansky and Frank Stockton
  • Where Does the Garbage Go?, by Paul Showers and Randy Chewning
  • Botanicum, by Kathy Willis and Katie Scott
  • The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss
  • Second Nature by Michael Pollen
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Frackopoly by Wenonah Hauter
  • Black Nature, Edited by Camille T. Dungy
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Red by Terry Tempest Williams
  • The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
  • Sisters of the Earth, Edited by Lorraine Anderson
  • Planet Earth by Alastair Fothergill
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • The Cabaret of Plants by Richard Mabey
  • Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney
  • The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry

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