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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everybody!

"Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970.[1]Earth Day is celebrated in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Many communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. The first Earth Week originated in Philadelphia in 1970."

"Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the 20th Anniversary of Earth Day Canada.
From its simple beginnings as a teach-in at colleges and universities in 1970, it has become a global event and universally recognized symbol of growing concern for the environment.
“Make every day Earth Day,” has become the mantra of people and organizations around the world.
Jed Goldberg has seen this first hand during his 18 year tenure as president of Earth Day Canada, one of the country's most respected environmental organizations.
“When we first started our goal was to raise environmental awareness and make people understand this was an issue of concern,” said Goldberg. “It is now commonly understood that the environment is one of our biggest priorities.”
Goldberg says organization's role is to lead people and show how they can transfer their awareness and concern into action.
The campaign has effectively used electronic communications to engage Canadians through many of its award-winning programs including EcoKids Online, and campaigns including the National Reuse campaign, Target Zero Canada and the Every Day Heroes film competition, as well as the Toyota Earth Day scholarship and the Earth Day Community Environment Fund.

Top 10 actions
Earth Day Canada president Jed Goldberg has identified his top 10 actions to make every day Earth Day.
1. Think before you act. Shopping has become a form of entertainment. While it can be difficult to avoid the seduction of advertising, Goldberg advises to think about what you need, not what you want, before you buy.
2. It’s all about conservation. Goldberg says we need to make the shift from being “consumers” to “prosumers” – producing consumers - to conserve energy and resources. Planting a garden is a great way to start.
3. Go vegetarian one day a week. Meat production has a huge environmental impact. Eating lower on the food chain just one day a week helps to conserve water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve valuable farmland.
4. Rethink convenience. Goldberg says people do things because they perceive that it’s easier, but easy isn’t always what’s best. Doing things in an environmentally responsible way can ultimately end up being more convenient and much cheaper, too! One example, stop buying bottled water and use tap water instead.
5. Eat and shop locally. Most of our food travels thousands of kilometres to get to our dinner plates. Ditto for our clothing and other consumers goods. Supporting local businesses also helps to build strong local communities.
6. Vote with your dollar. Advertisers and producers are conscious of what consumers want says Goldberg. Take the time to express your opinion to store owners with your wallet and your voice.
7. Use active transportation. Whether it’s walking, cycling or rollerblading, when you use your body to get from A to B instead of a motorized vehicle, you not only get the benefit of improved fitness while reducing your environmental impact, but you get to experience your community.
8. Borrow, don't buy. Consider renting, borrowing or sharing what you need.
9. Refashion your yard. Instead of trying to achieve the perfect, lawn, why not get rid of the lawn altogether. Plant native shrubs, wildflowers or a vegetable garden. You’ll use fewer resources and free yourself from the lawnmower, too!
10. Use your sphere of influence. Collectively we have a great influence over our politicians, says Goldberg. Engage your family, friends, coworkers and community."


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I hope you have a great day!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.