Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual campaign celebrated throughout the world by millions of people. What began as a way to bring the environment onto the US national political agenda, Earth Day has evolved to become a global campaign to push awareness about environmental issues such as recycling,  global warming and clean energy, and climate change. Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green® is this year's theme. A Billion Acts of Green® invites individuals, corporations, and governments to pledge to live and act sustainably(1)

US Senator Gaylord Nelson wanted to create a national teach-in movement across the country to highlight the need for environmental protection.

April 22, 1970

To raise awareness about a healthy, sustainable environment.

A Billion Acts of Green® has a nationwide listing of activities. Check your community for activities near you.

Year round, I do many small things to reduce my footprint on this planet. My household recycles, reduces, reuses, and repurposes. I am teaching my son to conserve energy by turning off lights in rooms that are not being used and using slow flowing water when washing his hands. He is also very much aware of recycling, thanks to PBS. He has memorized their tag line "When you're saving one can, you're saving toucans." For those who haven't seen the commercial, a toucan flies to the person saying the tag line, hence the pun.  Although not a self-proclaimed activist by any means, I would like to think that I am making a difference, no matter how small it may be.

(1) Earth Day Network

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