Saturday, April 23, 2011

Earth Day Blog-a-Thon

I was asked to be part of the Enviance Earth Day Blog-a-Thon that went on yesterday and was honored to be a part of the event! A total of 24 guest posts about so many environmental issues were showcased, one per hour. In case you don't follow Enviance (yet) on Twitter - here's a few snippets and links.

Water, Water Everywhere - (my guest post snippet below)
Showing a dying bird suffocating from remnants of an oil spill off the Gulf Coast, or a dissection of the contents a fish’s stomach that has ingested bits of plastic bottle caps isn’t “fun” for me, but if it makes one person stop and think before tossing a water bottle or it inspires someone to start a grassroots campaign to make chemical companies more accountable for their toxic waste, then it’s worthwhile. If each of us educated just one other person, imagine the possibilities.
Enviance on Twitter
Green Verbs (my Eco Twitter Profile)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Community Gardens: An Excellent Way to Celebrate Earth Day

Community Gardens are a great way to do something positive for the community and the environment, and would be a great event to kickoff on Earth Day 2011 if you're looking for an eco-friendly event idea for your community. I recently checked out a local community garden known as Tucson Village Farm, The working urban farm is maintained by local kids through the organization's seed-to-table program. Children (and adults) are taught the benefits of healthy eating while helping to maintain crops that include vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. "Growing Forward” is their K-5 state standardized agriculture literacy program. Hands-on learning stations include: farming, composting, worms, pollinators, and nutrition.
Junior high school art students have created more than a dozen colorful signs that educate visitors as well.
I'm lucky. I get to enjoy the ongoing fruits of their labors every time I walk to Trader Joe's. A neighbor's 5-year-old daughter often comes with me - I think it's just so she can see the progress... or because they have a full-size tractor, hay bales, a very wormy-y compost bin and a big red barn!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Billion Acts of Green : Earth Day 2011

A Billion Acts of Green® is an ongoing commitment to Earth Day designed to prove the idea that real change occurs best when millions of people commit to it with their actions. Every Act registered will be counted toward our ultimate goal of amassing one billion actions in advance of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Are you, your group, your town, your team registered? If not, now's a great time to join the approximately 78,000,000 around the world that have registered their unique commitment.

Need ideas? Check out for more information. You'll find upcoming events like city-sponsored Earth Day hikes, or pledges by others registered that include a wide variety of commitments, from changing to CFL lightbulbs in their home to building a community garden.

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. 
~Henry David Thoreau