Start living green this Earth Day
On April 22, environmental enthusiasts around the globe will take the time to reflect upon the anniversary of one of the nation’s largest grass-root movements. During spring of 1970, U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, along with environmentalist Denis Hayes, initiated 20 million Americans to gather in communities and demonstrate awareness and appreciation of the earth’s environment. Organized protests took place on college and university campuses as demonstrators rallied against the deterioration of the environment.
Today, billions of people around the globe continue to observe the need to protect the earth. The Earth Day Network directs you to a vast array of resources, including information on current environmental issues; Earth Day Television, which provides videos geared toward educating a younger audience about environmental issues; USAToday.com’s Green Widget, which helps keep track of the latest developments in global warming; environmental reports, such as U.S. Population, Energy & Climate Change; and information about local, national and international Earth Day programs, campaigns and special events.
Celebrate Earth Day with like-minded Western New Yorkers by joining the Buffalo-Niagara Earth Day 2009 Initiative. UB Green is participating and encouraging individuals to help limit the amount of air pollution by carpooling, biking, walking or taking public transportation on Earth Day.
GreenYour, a Web site started by a group of environmental experts, writers and researchers, is your guide to just about everything green. Learn about environmental issues, eco-friendly products and tips for living an earth-friendly lifestyle.
Prepare a delicious dish for your dinner table with Kaboose.com’s Earth Day Recipes. Take your reusable shopping bag and head to the nearest farmer’s market or Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA) for the best in fresh, seasonal produce. According to LocalHarvest’s Why Buy Local?, “Most produce in the U.S. is picked four to seven days before being placed on supermarket shelves and is shipped for an average of 1,500 miles before being sold.” Shop local and you’ll not only be helping to cut down on the fuel that be used to transport produce, but you’ll also have fresher produce in your kitchen. Looking for a farmer’s market or CSA near you? Try LocalHarvest or the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wholesale and Farmer’s Markets guide.
While the most popular day to celebrate our earth’s environment is April 22, embrace the slogan of this environmental movement and try to “Make every day Earth Day!” Happy green living!
—Bridget Schumacher, Arts & Sciences Libraries