Monday, April 20, 2009

Earth Day 2009

Photo courtesy: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

In 1963, former US Senator Gaylord Nelson felt a need to do something for the environment. Considering the circumstances and the state of politics at that time, Senator Nelson was a very forward-thinking individual.

It was Senator Nelson that came up with the idea for Earth Day - an entire day set aside for learning how to help the environment; improve the quality of our lives; how to maintain environments that encourage biodiversity and so much more. Knowing the value of kid power, he sent letters to colleges and put a special article in Scholastic Magazine (distributed to schools) explaining what he had in mind and soliciting their help.

On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was held. Earth Day has continued to evolve and is now celebrated globally.

The following link takes you to an Earth Day Network with lots of suggestions, ideas, links and other good stuff to help celebrate.

Things to do to celebrate Earth Day:

1. Spend some time in quality meditation (preferably outside somewhere sunny).
2. Read that book you've been putting off.
3. Plant a tree.
4. Plant a few annuals to create a small garden (in your yard, on your balcony, in a sunny window.) Annuals die off every winter; so, your Earth Day project for next year is assured - replanting your garden!
5. Sign a petition to ban BPA from soda drink cans sponsored by Environmental Defense.
6. Go to the Care2 Petition Site and sign a few petitions that are close to your heart.
7. Commit a random act of kindness.
8. Reassess your "greeness". Are there things that could be tightened up?
9. Eat vegetarian for one day.
10. If you have the ability to plant something growing, think about plants and/or flowers that are bee and butterfly friendly.
11. Donate something - time, money, clothing, support.
12. Visit a housebound senior with a huge bouquet of flowers.

Here's to a wonderful Earth Day for all - most especially Mother Earth!

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