APRIL 22, 2011
Dance a little
Plant a little
Tread ever so lightly
Leave nothing behind except......
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THINGS TO PONDER ABOUT EARTH DAY
Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. The Earth Day website has tons of information about the Earth Day history, things to do, how to help, so visit their website for some great background and new ideas. http://www.earthday.org/
People traditionally celebrate Earth Day with the ringing of bells, often bells of peace. The tradition of bell ringing is practiced all over the world on Earth Day. Representatives from Palestine, Austria, and Russia have all rung a Peace Bell in a ceremony celebrating the protection of the environment and of Earth’s many species.
Earth Day is celebrated all around the globe. You can plant trees, clean up a beach, go to a lecture, canoe, pet animals, hike, dance, sing, participate in a 5-K run and eat Earth Day fare at an Earth Day fair somewhere on the planet. Click on the link below to locate what is happening in your neck of the woods. http://earthday.envirolink.org/calendar.html
100,000 Monks (Thailand)
A very special event for Earth Day is monks from 20,000 temples gathering at the Dhammakaya Temple in Khlong Luang, Pathumthani, Thailand. Not only are 100,000 monks coming together to promote peace and environmental protection, they’re also sending 222 Buddha statues to 222 temples in Sri Lanka.
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THE THREE Rs For Earth Day
"Recycle, Reuse, Remember"
Recycle: It is not just about bottles and bags it can also include lessons learned
Reuse: The old adage 'Someone's trash is another's treasure'. That old pretty cracked cup could find new life as a planter for some spring primroses.
Remember:To do a little each day - recycle your newspapers, cans and bottles. Create a recycling area in your home and teach your children that recycling is good for all of earth's creatures.
Another fun Website to check out is http://holidays.kaboose.com/earth-day/ where you can find Earth Day games, activities and ideas for children. A great way to get the future generations invovled.
Compost is what remains from the decomposition of plants and other once-living materials. As it breaks down it forms an earthy, dark, crumbly organic substance that is excellent for enriching house plants and garden soil. You can recycle yard and kitchen wastes by creating your own "compost heap" outside. This is added to and shoveled over periodically as it decomposes and "cooks". A plastic garbage bag over the top is helpful. Composting is a great way to reduce the volume of garbage that is needlessly sent to landfills for disposal, benefits our plants and adds to the permaculture recyling process.
Check out the following website for plenty of composting information. How to, what not to do etc. http://vegweb.com/composting/what.shtml
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