Don’t count out the older generation this Earth Day. They recycled and planted gardens long before these activities were considered anything special. Check out this sweet video about how some area residents are participating in the green movement.
In Austin, people can give back to Mother Earth on Earth Day in a direct way, by shopping and dining at businesses participating in a special giveback program. This Earth Day, be ready with the list.
I remember 2007, when we started this website. People were tip-toeing toward greener behaviors. Activists were writing kids’ books explaining the greenhouse effect and urging tots to turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth. Scholars had assembled tomes, politely pointing out that we’d be running out of oil pretty soon. How things have changed on this Earth Day 2013…
You know those righteous 20-somethings you see on the news inveighing about how they’ve got the Earth on their shoulders and have to pick up the pieces of their wanton, consumerist elders? They do have a burden unlike any previous generation. God help ’em. But here’s a little secret, they’re no greener than those elders, in fact, the Boomers out-green their kids in significant ways, according to a new survey by DDB.
It’s World Environment Day, and all I can think about is how the Gulf oil disaster has been book-ended by two environmental commemorations. The BP oil well blew out two days before Earth Day in April, though it was barely covered in the news until a few days later when people realized that oil was leaking into the ocean unabated. (In the back of our minds, we tend to assume that someone has a plan for these contingencies. Surprise! No plan.)
Up around Cape Cod, they were so worried about how the Cape Wind project might affect their views, or more precisely, their property values, that the opposition to this groundbreaking project dragged on and on. It took nine years to get final approval, which came yesterday from the Department of the Interior.
Two years ago we ran a story about another wind project, in nearby Hull, Mass., where the vast majority of residents are quite pleased with their money-saving wind turbines, which are a lot more up close and view-affecting than the Cape Wind project will ever be. Richard Miller, operations manager of the Hull Municipal Light Plant (HMLP), said then: “There has been no resistance on the part of the residents.”
Perhaps wind is a little less intimidating once it’s saving your school district $20K a year.
By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
Earth Day is coming. Yeah, it’s nine weeks away. Which is plenty of time, if you intend to catch an annual event in your city, celebrate in the hood or even head to the National Mall for the DC celebration.
But if you’re planning an event around Earth Day 2009 (April 22 is a Wednesday this year), then SHEESH!, you’d best get on it. The Earth Day Network can help. They’ve posted an orientation page of info on the 2009 events, put out an Organizer’s Guide and an Earth Day in A Box, an assortment of tips and info.
Focus the Nation, a collective effort to find global warming solutions that’s being called the country’s largest ever national teach-in, kicks off tonight with a free web cast available to anyone who wants to participate.
The web cast will focus on the “2% Solution,” which refers to the need to decrease carbon emissions by two percent each year for the next 40 years to reach the goal scientists advocate of an 80 percent reduction by 2050. To view the virtual web cast, which begins at 8 p.m. EST, you’ll need to go the Earth Day Television website and download the Flash player.
Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America will continue on Thursday with hundreds of gatherings at college campuses across the country involving millions of students and faculty and at least 50 U.S. Congressional representatives including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to Focus the Nation. Find events on the map the FTN website.