Earth Day 2017
Saturday, April 22 — earth day started on April 22, 1970.
Dear Readers, There are no ads in Greeneroo blog posts. Why? I hope that we can share information, rather than pushing you to BUY something. I do like to let you know about really cool books, but I’d really rather have you go outside and have some fun!
Happy Earth Day!! — the editor
Enjoy a meatless meal! Why? Pasture and alfalfa – the food for cattle to graze on are two of the highest water using plants. Save water, eat a veggie meal.
Plant a Tree! Why? Trees help keep soil in place, they provide homes for many animals and birds, they produce air for us to breath and they provide shade in the summer. A tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, remove harmful particulates in the air – wow!
Take a Walk! Why? Discover your neighborhood and meet your neighbors. You’ll learn more about the history of the area, and what other people near you like to do. I often share mint from my garden with people that pass by.
Plant a seed! Why? You’ll learn more about how plants germinate (sprout) and grow. You’ll be responsible for watering and caring for your plant. You’ll learn about how seeds really look different from one type of plant to the next.
Turn off your lights, Computer, TV, Washer, Dryer and think about walking/ biking rather than driving! Why? Trying out new methods of doing something are the first step of making a healthy habit. Use less energy, turn off the lights and other devices when you aren’t using them.
Don’t buy anything on Earth day! Why? We tend to buy what we want rather than what we need. This leads to throwing so much stuff away. Millions of pounds of clothing are tossed in the trash each year, by people who “bought it … but didn’t need it”!
Type “parks in California” in your computer browser (substitute your STATE for California or write in your Zip code) Why? You’ll get a list of parks. Get outside and have some fun! You’ll feel better and you may meet some friends that live near you. Now that you have a list of places close enough to walk to and enjoy! I used the zip code and found 5 parks that are great and I can walk to each one!
Go to a Farmer’s market. Why? These open air markets are so much fun. You can taste things you have never tried, make friends with a farmer and buy local fruits, vegetables, nuts other stuff that is tasty and fresh. Remember to bring a reusable bag to put your purchases in.
For each of the suggestions, there are many more reasons to try out the activity. Can you think of other reasons to try something new or go outdoors and play? I bet you can.
Some links to enjoy:
- www.filoli.org – beautiful estate and garden in Woodside, CA
- parks.smcgov.org/san-bruno-mountain – San Bruno mountain is often ignored, commuters say they drive past it all the time. But they don’t stop. It has great hikes, picnic tables, views of SF and flowers to enjoy.
- birding.sequoia-audubon.org – the audobon society has bird watching information and events everywhere!
- www.discovery.com/…/1-top-10-most-amazing-hikes-in-north-america – take a hike, learn more! The Sierra Club has many hikes.