Celebrate Earth Day

earth-day-2017Earth Day is celebrated on APRIL 22 to honor our planet & shed light on environmental issues. It promotes an ideal of peace and sustainability for all. The 2017 campaign is dedicated to an ambitious goal – to achieve global climate and environmental literacy in the space of three years, by Earth Day 2020. BELOW ARE 5 WAYS TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL!

1. Its time to get ACTIVE

Join the Peoples Climate Movement and over 100 sponsering organizations on April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and to find solutions to climate change. Think about the future of your children and grandchildren – ACT Now! Check for a March in Your Area.

2.Connected and Spend Time in Nature – It’s Good for you

earth-day-hike-2017The earth is our mother giving us our sustenance. Nature is the great rejuvenater who brings new life in Spring. The Earth transforms and recycles even the smallest leaf. Being in nature connects us to each other and to the wonderful world around us. We are so fortunate to live in the garden planet!

3. Take the Earth Pledge: You are an EARTHLING – This is your HOME

earth-day-home-2017“I pledge allegiance to the Earth and to the flora, fauna, and the human life it supports. One planet indivisible, with safe air, water, and soil, economic justice, equal rights, and peace for all.” -Women’s Environmental and Development Organization of the Women’s Foreign Policy Institute

4. Do what you can – its up to each of us

Like Get use to the heat
Growing up in Florida in the 1950’s we had no air conditioning – just window fans. Windows were opened at night and shades closed in the day. Now I live in Colorado where few folks have air conditioning and I was born in the tropics. So it might be easy for me to say take the heat. But seriously, self-talk or sweet talk yourself into being “cool” even when its hot outside!

Remember: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Buy minimally packaged goods, reusable products, and recycle. For every pound of waste you eliminate or recycle, you reduce emissions of CO2 by 1 pound. Cutting down garbage by half of one large trash bag per week saves at least 1100 pounds of CO2 per year. Making products with recycled materials uses 30 to 55% less for paper products, 33% less for glass, and 90% less for aluminum.

Yum! Go Local and eat seasonal food
Eat locally sourced food and buy products made close to home. Items don’t have to be flown or trucked in and there is less packaging. Fresh food is also more alive and better for you. Visit farmer’s markets and support local growers. Eat Fresh!

5. Honor and Learn from Indigenous People and Native Americans who understand we are Stewards of the Earth

“Tribal leaders don’t see the land as a piece of real estate to be bought and sold, but as their homeland where their people will remain for all time. The land has to sustain the people. Leaders are stewards of the land for their tribe… including an understanding of the relationships between human beings and the natural world” -John Echohawk, Pawnee, Director,The Native American Rights Fund


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