Guest Author - Tricia Krietzberg
I am trying very hard to think “spring.” When I really concentrate, I can almost feel the warmth building up inside of me. Just when I think I smell the wonderful scent of freshly blooming flowers, I’m halted in my tracks by the snow that just won’t go away. But, I know spring will be here soon, and in preparation I’m just starting to get ready for Earth Day on April 22, 2010.
Here are just a few ways you can make the most out of Earth Day:
Earth Hour is a unique opportunity for people from all parts of the world, all ages and political and religious points of view, to participate in an election for something that matters to all of us: our planet, our home. Earth Hour, now in its fourth year, will take place Saturday, March 27, at 8:30 p.m. Last year, more than 4,000 cities in 87 countries went dark in support of Mother Earth. According to the World Wildlife Federation, the creators and organizers of Earth Hour, “Switching off your lights is a vote for the Earth. Leaving them on is a vote for global warming.”
It’s the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a global recognition of our planet, and Earth is more at risk than ever before. This year’s Earth Day takes place on April 22, but events will happen throughout the month of April. Check out the many Earth Day events happening in your area, and register your own event. As it did last year with its movie, “Planet Earth,” Disney movies will premiere another environmental movie during Earth Week: “Oceans.” The movie opens on April 22, and if you go between April 22 and April 28, Disney will donate a portion of each ticket sold to help establish new marine protected areas in the Bahamas.
“MARCH” FOR EARTH DAY
This world’s first virtual “march” on Washington was created five years ago by Care2 and The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, and they are doing it again. The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund is the very same group that created “eyeonpalin.org” in their efforts to expose Sarah Palin’s shameful promotion of aerial hunting. The purpose of the march is to encourage Congress to vote “no” to legislation that threatens our planet and its resources.
SIMPLE THINGS TO DO AT HOME
We have all heard about how saving energy and reducing waste will help keep our planet healthier for longer. If you haven’t yet taken this advice to heart, Earth Day is the time to start. First, ditch the plastic bags. The reusable fabric shopping bags are everywhere these days. Spring for them – you’ll feel good about it. Second, just replace those old incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. Not only will you save energy, and thus save the planet, but you’ll save money on your electricity bills. And, drive less. Either carpool, or use public transportation as often as possible. Better yet, if you are within walking distance to your job, or the store, go ahead and walk.
These are just a few ideas for how you can celebrate Earth Day. No matter whether you choose to host a full-fledged Earth Day volunteer activity, or do your small part in your day-to-day routine, every little bit helps.
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