Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

I hope that you are all able to find a way to celebrate our planet and the many gifts it provides.  In honor of Earth Day, here is a list of inexpensive, easy things you can do to enjoy our planet and maybe give back while you're at it.
  1. Take a hike and enjoy the beauty of nature.  Be sure to take a trash bag with you to pick up any litter you find along the way.  We go on "Rainbow Walks" to look at all the incredible colors surrounding us.  
  2. Go canoeing, kayaking, or rowboating - it's peaceful and doesn't polute
  3. Go camping
  4. Find a place outside to enjoy a good book (anything will do but I've listed some related ideas below)
  5. Go on a picnic
  6. Visit a local garden/arboretum
  7. Plant a tree
  8. Start/work on your garden
  9. Learn about ways to calculate, reduce, and/or offset your carbon footprint
  10. Attend an Earth Day event
  11. Learn and practice the principles of Leave No Trace
  12. Watch Planet Earth or Blue Planet*
  13. Go see Disneynature's premier release: Earth
Do you have additional ideas?  I'd be happy to add them to the list.
Just remember:  "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
*I also highly recommend The 11th Hour and An Inconvient Truth, but I was going for more upbeat activities in the spirit of celebrating.
Book List
  • 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth by The Earth Works Group
  • 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth by The Earth Works Group
  • Serve God Save the Planet by J. Matthew Sleeth, MD
  • It's Easy Being Green by Emma Sleeth
  • Saving God's Green Earth by Tri Robinson with Jason Chatraw
  • Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

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