Posted by: ecodestination | April 21, 2009

Getting ready for Earth Day 2009

Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day 2009. Have you planned any events?

OK, I’ll ‘fess up: I haven’t. I thought it was on April 20, and today I saw it’s the 21st, and I freaked out. Then I learned it’s tomorrow, and I felt a lot better. But I still don’t have any plans.

So, here: let’s look some up together.

Let’s go to EarthDay.net. Awesome. Here are the 4 things Earth Day Network encourages us to do:

1)      Help create a billion acts of green.  Log it in and become a member of The Green Generation. Sweet. Here you get to pledge how you will celebrate earth day. Are you finally switching to cloth napkins? Vowing to air-dry your laundry in the back yard? Installing a low-flush toilet? Solar panels? Going vegetarian? Having an Earth Day potluck to raise awareness? Ooh, that one sounds like my kind of Earth Day. Perfect.

2)      Make the NO COAL CALL.  Whether you’re in the U.S. or elsewhere in the globe, check out what you can achieve by making this simple call. Use Skype to make it cheaper. You can even encourage others by setting up a booth for them to call from.

3)      If you live in the U.S., you may be concerned about school food. Find out how to green your school here.

4)      Join Earth Day 2009 events at your university campus. Publish your event to garner attendants here.

More ideas:

  • If you liked my idea, you could host an Earth Day potluck to raise awareness and nourish those you love. Go for locally bought, organic, sustainably grown, and vegetarian (vegan!) as much as possible. You know how to roll.
  • You could host an Earth Day bake sale! If you’re a baker extraordinaire, here’s your chance to mesh two of your interests and bake for the planet! Perhaps whole-grain cookies with nuts and seeds, as wholesome as can be. You could request shoppers’ email addresses to send them eco-friendly tips for traveling, home, work, and so on. There’s really no limit to what you can do.
  • Find a local protest and join it! Make signs, wear blue and green, maybe paint your face. You know, with biodegradable, recyclable materials. Obviously.
  • Been feeling shady about shopping at a certain Earth-polluting corporation? Start your boycott.
  • Get your office to switch to recycled paper, go off plastic and Styrofoam cups and switch to ceramic mugs, encourage your co-workers to print only when necessary, and so on.

Any ideas you’d like to share?

And remember, Earth Day is there to remind us to make every day count. So make every day, week and month Earth-y. It’s up to us.

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