EARTH DAY EVENTS, ACTIVITIES: I have some ideas – it is a resource!* (Volume #2 – I want to save the earth!*) – UPDATE 2013

EARTH DAY EVENTS, ACTIVITIES: I have some ideas – it is a resource!* (Volume #2 – I want to save the earth!*) – UPDATE 2013

Vol. 4, No. 4, Monday, April 22ND, 2013

TITLE: “EARTH DAY EVENTS, ACTIVITIES:  I have some ideas – it is a resource!* (Volume #2 – I want to save the earth!*”) – UPDATE 2013

INTRODUCTION

Today is April 22nd – it’s Earth Day. I will talk about the earth and what we can do to save the planet.  This is a very important topic.  We have to take it seriously.  My book of the week isSaving Planet Earth” [Hardcover] by Tony Juniper (Author). (Editor’s Note: This is the 2013 update of my posts of last year on the earth and wildlife, also a part of a continuing series on special dates and holidays; it’s also classified as women’s issues.) 

ANTOINETTE’S LIFE & TIMES*

To the question, “What are we doing to protect our environment?”, I answer: “It’s our duty to improve the state of our planet. The goal is to bring awareness to everyone in the world and to do everything we can to save our home – Planet Earth.” 

Turn to nature:  Every summer my parents planted a vegetable garden.  They grew tomatoes, lettuce, long string beans, parsley, basil, etc.  They insisted that home-grown vegetables tasted better and were healthier for you.  I must admit, the vegetables from their garden were delicious.  My aunt also grew her own vegetables.  It’s hard work to maintain a garden. In my old life, we always had a garden.  I’ll confess – I didn’t plant or work it much, but it was a treat to reap the crops. This year, we are planning to plant some seeds – I’ll let you know how it goes for this city girl.

Use better products: I am very careful about cleaning products. Using environmental-friendly products is advantageous health-wise and also to help the earth.

Use less: Conservation means using less of everything that we consume. In my city, there has been a lot of talk concerning the installation of meters for water consumption in areas where there are none. I already have one in my house and if I go over a certain level of water, there is a surplus charge for the excess.  This reminds me not to waste water.

Learn more: Environmental studies are now hot in schools.   The educational institute where I worked had one.  It had become a very popular program with students. 

P.S. Today is not only Earth Day- it’s also my daughter’s birthday.

UPDATE 2013

The condition of the earth continues to be a major issue.

Gardening: In a small way, I experience agriculture. Last summer, one of my friends brought me several plants (i.e., basil, parsley, mint, etc.), all planted in one big pot.  When I needed parsley, I picked it fresh. It kept producing parsley all summer long. I had the same results with the other plants. This summer, I will again grow these plants in the same pot.  It’s so easy to do and the crop is so plentiful. 

Air quality:  Being asthmatic, the air is a big concern to me.  I pay attention to the quality of the air outside and also indoors.

Healthy diet: I believe in eating healthy with a diet from all food groups.  I am very selective at the supermarket.  I look for quality at a reasonable price. 

Let’s renew our commitment to cherish nature.

THE AUTHOR: Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper, a naturalist and ornithologist, is deeply committed to the environment. He has been front and centre for more than 20 years.  Juniper is director of Friends of the Earth and vice chair of Friends of the Earth International.  He lives in England.

SERIES/COLLECTION
Books/Articles:

Several are:

THE BOOK: “Saving Planet Earth” [Hardcover] by Tony Juniper (Author)

Juniper calls attention to the issue of the condition of the Earth. He clarifies how man is destroying the planet. There is no doubt that it is in danger and that it was caused by the actions or non-action of human beings.  We need to understand the consequences of our actions. We must figure out how we can help. We must stop doing harm and find alternatives. As well, we need to undo the damages already done.   The book illustrates advice and solutions on how to reverse dangerous trends.  This book gives us the knowledge on how to protect Earth for the next generation!

CONCLUSION:

Our planet is in danger … our planet is in danger. It’s so important that I can say it twice. We need to act now!

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That according to many experts, the climate is changing. Weather has been so unpredictable all over the world.  There have been more and more storms, hurricanes, tornados, etc. 
  • That global warming is a huge problem- we now know that the rate of warming is slowly increasing.  IT’S A REALITY!
  • That global warming brings:
    • Rising sea levels 
    • Increase in precipitation.  Our water will probably be affected. 
    • Impact upon the Arctic;. 
  • That global warming is a big threat to our planet “Earth”. It could become a disaster and destroy our world as we know it.
  • That it is our moral duty to do everything we can to stop and reverse the damage to the earth. 
  • That the protection of our environment is a pressing and urgent cause. We need to do it for our children, grandchildren and all those coming later – they deserve to live in a safe environment.

The Point

We need to focus on how to save our planet! We need to start the doing yesterday!

ANTOINETTE’S TIP SHEET*

Everyone should:

  1. Recycle everything you can;
  2. Use pesticides safely for your garden;
  3. Use environmental cleaning products;
  4. Dispose medication safely;
  5. Use water you need only;
  6. Plant a tree;
  7. Grow your own vegetables or buy locally;
  8. Buy energy-saving appliances;
  9. Use public transportation, whenever you can, or try carpool, bike or walk;
  10. Litter and I won’t be happy!
  11. Reuse where you can;
  12. Buy recycled products whenever possible;
  13. Start a green club in your community;
  14. Don’t waste energy;
  15. Reduce the waste you produce.

I say: “Let’s clean up. Please pass the broom and dustpan. Can you help me?”

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
ALP
PREVIEW (Tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 29th 2013): CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY PARTIES – This past weekend, I enjoyed the birthday party for my grand daughter. She was so sweet and adorable. It was pure  joy. Next week, I will share some thoughts and ideas about a birthday party for kids. Come by. You don’t  need to bring a gift. But please be ready to sing! (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on parenting .)  

“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
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NEED SOMETHING FURTHER? TRY SAVE AND READ* (S&R*).

ONE – . NEED SOMETHING FURTHER? TRY AN ANECDOTE OR A QUOTE:

ONE A – ANECDOTE

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #1: Woody’s Neo-Hippie Hemp Crusade
“In 2002, Woody Harrelson embarked upon a 35-day, 1,000-mile bike tour from Seattle to southern California, escorted by a ‘Mothership’ (a Chicago city transit bus fueled by hemp oil and electrically powered by solar panels) to promote “simple organic living” (whereby one conserves fossil fuels, recycles, and eats organic vegetables). The outspoken vegan and hemp activist, accompanied by a dozen or so equally passionate environmentalists, kicked off the neo-Hippie crusade in mid-April with rallies at several Universities. Two days before Earth Day, some 3,000 people – some waving signs and cheering “Woody for president!” – crowded into an outdoor amphitheater on the Eugene campus of the University of Oregon to cheer him on. Among the signs on hand? EUGENE HAS A WOODY FOR HEMP!”  (Source: Anecdotage) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=5667)

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #2:Barry Sonnenfeld’s Mother
Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld once recalled the trials of growing up as the only child in a stereotypically Jewish family. One of his most embarrassing moments came on April 22, 1970; young Sonnenfeld, attending the first ever Earth Day concert, was horrified to have the proceeds interrupted for an urgent announcement: “Barry Sonnenfeld, call your mother.”  (Source: Anecdotage) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=6671)

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #3: Nap Time?
“In preparation for their roles in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, cast members were asked to attend several weeks of ‘Ape School,’ where they were taught basic walks and the differences between primates (orangutans have a waddling walk, and they like to hang from things). The most helpful tip for Helena Bonham Carter? “Think of a nappy [a diaper] that was full between your legs,” she advised, “and you didn’t want to spill it!”  (Source: Anecdotage) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=5654)

ONE B – QUOTES:

S & R* QUOTE #1: M. Scott Peck

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/)

S & R* QUOTE #2:  Rachel Naomi Remen

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.” (Source:  Wisdom Quotes) –  http://www.wisdomquotes.com/)

S & R* QUOTE #3: Marge Piercy

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.” (Source:  Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/)

TWO – .“IT WORDS FOR ME!*”
“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “Earth Day”; “Planet”; “Global Warming”

Earth Day

“While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.[1] Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.”

Planet

“A planet (from Greek πλανήτης αστήρ planētēs astēr “wandering star”) is a celestial body orbiting a star or stellar remnant that is massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity, is not massive enough to cause thermonuclear fusion, and has cleared its neighbouring region of planetesimals.[a][1][2

Global Warming

Global warming is the rising average temperature of Earth‘s atmosphere and oceans since the late 19th century and its projected continuation. 

THREE – STUDY/STATISTICS:

“The April 22, 1970, Earth Day marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million Americans participated. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, Freeway and expressway revolts, the loss of wilderness, and air pollution suddenly realized they shared common values. 

Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and this Earth Day is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries.[citation needed] Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.

Earth Day proved popular in the United States and around the world. The first April 22 Earth Day had participants and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States. More importantly, it “brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform.”[25]

According to Senator Nelson, the moniker “Earth Day” was “an obvious and logical name” suggested by “a number of people” in the fall of 1969, including, he writes, both “a friend of mine who had been in the field of public relations” and “a New York advertising executive,” Julian Koenig.[33] Koenig, who had been on Nelson’s organizing committee in 1969, has said that the idea came to him by the coincidence of his birthday with the day selected, April 22; “Earth Day” rhyming with “birthday,” the connection seemed natural.[34][35]

Senator Nelson chose the date in order to maximize participation on college campuses for what he conceived as an “environmental teach-in”. He determined the week of April 19–25 was the best bet as it did not fall during exams or spring breaks.[48] Moreover, it did not conflict with religious holidays such as Easter or Passover, and was late enough in spring to have decent weather. More students were likely to be in class, and there would be less competition with other mid-week events—so he chose Wednesday, April 22.  (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day)

World population is projected to reach 7 billion in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. “(Source:  U.S. Census Bureau) – http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb08-95.html)

42nd Earth Day: April 22, 2012

“April 22, 2012, marks the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 16-22)\ “ (Source:  U.S. Census Bureau) – http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/pdf/cb12ff-06_earthday.pdf)

FOUR – BONUS ARTICLES

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: Simple steps to care for the planet By Maja Begovic

“Earth Day is a time when millions of people around the world celebrate and renew their personal commitment to environmental stewardship. If you feel you’re not doing enough, it might be time to make a deeper commitment to our planet. Here are a few ideas to put into practice to help save our environment on Earth Day and every day:

Reduce the destructive impact of modern life

Get in the habit of turning off lights, computers and appliances when they are not in use. Swap standard light bulbs for energy efficient fluorescent ones to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. If you drive to work, consider a more environmentally friendly commute. Take public transit, share a ride with coworkers in your neighborhood or bike to work as often as possible. Recycle any plastics, cardboard (including packaged food boxes), aluminum, newspaper, cans and glass products. Reduce the amount of plastic bags that pollute the environment by purchasing re-usable bags for your shopping needs.

Go green by giving to charity

Giving to charity teaches many valuable lessons to every member of the family. Take a day and gather everything that you don’t want or no longer need and donate old household items, computers, toys, books and clothing to a local thrift store. You can also hold a yard sale and donate the proceeds to your charity of choice. A non-profit organization like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (www.ccfcanada.ca) will use your donation to provide a family living in poverty with an environmentally-efficient cooking stove that is fuelled by vegetable trimmings and leaves instead of wood. It’s less wasteful and better for the environment.” www.newscanada.com

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Lights Off for Earth Hour By Melissa Wallace

“In 2007, 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses in Australia turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. A year later, more than 50 million people across 35 countries participated in what became a global sustainability movement.

This year, on March 31st from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., more than 120 countries are expected to participate. For some, this one hour of darkness can be too much to bear. Without their gadgets, televisions, laptops, and the Internet, a lot of people feel disconnected from their social networks and the world in general.

But it’s worth stopping to think that for millions of people living in developing countries, electricity is a luxury they can’t afford. When the sun sets, children who don’t have any other source of light have to stop studying and go to sleep.

Earth Hour provides us with a glimpse into the life of those in the developing world who are left in the dark on a daily basis. It’s an eye-opener and a great way to challenge ourselves to do more to help those in need. Learn how you can make a difference through organizations like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada “ (www.ccfcanada.ca) www.newscanada.com

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