Happy Earth Day 2009

img_3787_out_2Happy Earth Day! I thought on Earth day it might be a good time to give you some background of how Earth day began and some much needed history.

In 1969, Senator Nelson decided to have a special day to teach everyone about the things that needed changing in our environment. He had been worrying about the state of our planet since 1963. He wrote letters to all of the colleges and put a special article in Scholastic Magazine to tell them about the special day he had planned.

On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was held. People all over the country made promises to help the environment. Everyone got involved and since then, Earth Day has spread all over the planet.

We are now on our 39th official year celebrating Earth day. Spread the word and tell send your friends and loved ones a Happy Earth Day greetings on email or by text.

If you would like to know more about Earth day you can go to Wikipedia – History of the April 22 Earth Day. They go into much great detail about earth Day and how it came about.

For some great Earth Day crafts visit enchantedliving.com.

For fun Earth Day online games visit Kaboose.com.

Earth Week 2009

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It’s Earth Week! And tomorrow is actually Earth Day. What better week than Earth week to take steps toward sustainability.

You may be asking; What can we do? Below are some ways to help you take those steps toward sustainability. And just maybe you will enjoy or find that some of these things aren’t hard to do and you will keep on that road of living more green.

1. Ride your Bike: With the wonderful weather comes more opportunity for you to get out on your bike. Not only is this great for the environment, it is also a great physical activity for your body.

2. Carpool: If you aren’t able to ride your bike to work and have the opportunity to carpool,  take advantage of riding to work with a friend. Lessening your carbon footprint and saving gas.

3. Visit your Local National Park: Visiting a National Park is like environmental awareness therapy. Help develop a love and appreciation for nature in your children by taking them with you to a National Park.

4. Buy Locally Grown: Skip the grocery store this week and make a trip to your local farmers market or fruit stand. This will help cut down on energy used to transport the food from far off places.

5. Plant a Native Plant: Promote your local area’s natural ecosystem with sustainable landscaping practices. Cultivating native plants helps the environment where you are.

Check out your local Chamber of Commerce for all the Earth Week happenings in your area.

Celebrate Earth Day

1154378_15133135This next Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day. Take time to celebrate Earth Day this weekend, either by getting outside and enjoying the great outdoors or by taking action and conserving energy, water and recycling. There is so much we can do. Below are sites that can help you get started.

The Nature Conservancy has a preserve map and tips to get you inspired! Then use Facebook to get your friends outside, too.

EarthDay.gov has a list of ways to take action At Home, In Your Classroom, and While at Work. They also have volunteer programs for helping reduce soil loss, protect water supplies and volunteering with government at all levels.

Earth Day isn’t just for adults, there is a lot that kids can do to help on Earth Day. Check out this list of Incredible Kids and Cool Ideas from EarthDay.Wilderness.org.

For all the Earth Day events going on in your area check out the United States Environmental Protection Agency. They have a map with click-able regions to find out whats going on in your region.

The Sierra Club has a list of Seven Ways to Heaven on Earth Day 2009. Helping you organize a fun event for your community, how-to advice, take the “How Green is my..” quiz and much more.

And for all your Earth Day information from the history of Earth Day to anything else you could ever possibly want to know, look up Earth Day on Wikipedia.