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Question of the Week: What can people do in their community to celebrate Earth Day?

2009 March 23

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Earth Day, April 22, is next month.  Lots of communities hold events, block parties, and cleanups to encourage everyone to get involved, and have fun while they help protect the environment. Tell us about what folks in your community are thinking of doing.

What can people do in their community to celebrate Earth Day?

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  1. Bonnie Aylor permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Earth day is a fun and cheerful occasion! There are several ways to celebrate earth day. The West Pasco Audubon Society has used earth day as an excuse to donate specific trees to neighborhood parks that can provides shade and aesthetics to the park but also serve as a home and habitat for some rare or low count bird species. The Arbor Day foundation donates trees to new members, those trees can be cultivated, grown, and nurtured until they are ready to be donated to local parks or schools that have a need for them. Also, different organizations are always taking volunteers to help plant new vegetation or get rid of invasive species within parks, conservation lots, roadways, and the list goes on. When I was growing up my elementary school used to pick a special person each year to plant a tree in honor of, as well as the middle school that I attended as part of the agriculture and Future Farmers of America program. If you really get into gardening, you can even plant trees and bushes and vegetation in your own yard to celebrate memorial day.

  2. Marc Mansour permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Go organic !!!
    Use your buying power to encourage non genetic, non chemical fertilized, only natural elements in what we put in the earth to produce food crop. Stop injecting cows an pouletry with hormons.

  3. Belinda Blackman permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Whether you’re a “green thinker” or not, it is necessary to remember: our future relies on sustainable development and energy efficienient products.

  4. eduardoalberto permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Somos un grupo de padres que tenemos charlas y muestras audiovisuales de recuperacion de los espacios limpios sin contaminarlos, nuestras charlas se efectuan en colegios y clubes, nuestro foro “Nuestro Hogar Naturaleza limpia”
    Siempre dispuestos a colaborar por nuestro planeta que por ahora es nuestro unico habitat de vida por esa misma razon es nuestra maxima preocupacion cuidarlo y consientizar a las generaciones que nos sucederan.

  5. Sebastian Eilert permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Find a local non-profit organization of your liking and volunteer. There are a number of events planned all around town, all over the country. No excuse to just stay home.

    Consider choosing one that deals with environmental clean up. Here is Miami, DERM is hosting the Baynanza 2009 on April 18 to clean up debris from the water edge in many spots along the bay! Just in time for Earth Day…

    Village Green Man

  6. Quinn permalink
    March 23, 2009

    we went to savannah for a plant show a couple years ago coincidentally during earth day. so just for the fun of it we went to an earth day celebration that was being held in forsyth park- it was absolutely awsome. there were vendors, ofcourse, byut also free entertainment, learning opportunities for young and not-so-young alike,free informational brochures, etc. it was a lot of fun. i don’t know if it’s an annual thing or not, but if so, and you’re in or near savannah- you should definately check it out.

  7. Frank permalink
    March 23, 2009

    I think just saying “Happy Earth Day” helps a bit. I always meet people who don’t even realize it’s Earth Day. Maybe Obama will mention it. How come it’s not a holiday? We need a holiday to break up the long gap between President’s Day and Memorial Day.

  8. Andrea Davis permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Our city seems to be building a GREAT set of events for Earth Day.

    Lincoln, Nebraska:

    I really like the “Green Wheels” event concept:


  9. Jessica Culverhouse permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Celebrate National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) April 12-18, 2009. EE Week promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12th grade students and educators in an inspired week of environmental learning in preparation for Earth Day.

  10. Elise Wolf permalink
    March 23, 2009

    The best way to celebrate Earth Day is to attend a local event and to take a moment to look at our own lives and ask ourselves what more we can do. Can we use less toxic soaps and cleaners? Can we commute more or scale down on our vehicle? Can we stop the use of pesticides and herbicides so that our yards are healthy for pets, kids, and in the runoff? Can we reduce our energy use, perhaps buying power strips and plugging tvs, radios, lights into those so we can turn off at night (reducing phantom energy use)? Can we buy more organic and locally? Can we buy American? Can we reduce consumption? Can we use less packaging and plastic? Etc, etc.

    We all have an opportunity to make every day Earth Day. Lets hope we all do this soon, as the future is not so bright if we don’t.

  11. Wayne permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Trade in or recycle an item you no longer have any use for. Sites like offer value for unwanted items as well as a network of responsible recyclers who offer drop-off service. If everyone would trade in or recycle just one piece of e-waste, the planet would be a much “greener” place.

  12. arthur permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Go to church and thank god for building the earth and the self correcting way the solar activity is diminishing and cooling the earth and how god in his wisdom made the Global Warming debate pointless.

  13. Lauren permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Earth Day is a celebration of our precious planet, it is the best time to start “greener” traditions and practices. As a current resident of Las Vegas, I would like to challenge our city and surrounding area to adopt comprehensive re-cycling programs. As a native Californian, it is so senseless that in this day and age, we are not responsible for the amount of waste being placed in limited landfills. Not to mention the resources that could be re-used for additional products or services. We have the traditional tri-colored sorter bins for home owners, but not for all residential communities or businesses. The little effort we all contribute to, will and can add up to a signficance difference. Lets take a first step in doing the right thing for ourselves, for the next generation, and because it just makes sense.

    When we know better, we are now accountable to do better

  14. cory permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Clean up your favorite intersecction maybe one near your house preferably that is busy and dirty. Bring a friend to help

  15. Kerry Sartain permalink
    March 23, 2009

    What every community needs for Earth Day and monthly after that is a collection point for old TVs, computer monitors, computers, old calculators, old electronics of any sort. These are difficult to get rid of and can be recycled to valuable basic materials. This would leave landfill room, plus eliminate some toxic materials from finding the landfill.

  16. hamid permalink
    March 24, 2009

    we are in iran and people get out for picnic in this season of year but unfortunately they don’t think about their nature and cleaning it they just use it and they dont spent any time for it, we should try to learn them why we should protect our environment like our house and cities.

  17. Nadine permalink
    March 24, 2009

    clean up activities removing trash that can be potential pollutants for the environment and our water bodies.

  18. Marie Gachelin permalink
    March 24, 2009

    Take a walk, take daily walks and enjoy the earth. Walking does wonders for the body too.

  19. Concerned permalink
    March 24, 2009

    These are great things individuals can do. But what about community activities that will get people who don’t think about the EPA or Earth Day involved?

  20. Jim Adcock permalink
    March 24, 2009

    You can start by doing a warm-up by Celebrating Earth Hour 8:00 pm March 29 by turning your lights out for an hour. Then you can follow through by replacing any remaining “standard” incandescent light bulbs you own that are not yet CFL or LED — the 100 year-old design of the “standard” incandescent light bulb wastes 95% of the energy it consumes! And tell the kids to turn off the TV and other light bulbs when they leave the room — a light turned on in an empty room wastes 100% of the energy consumed.

  21. Sharon permalink
    March 24, 2009

    My community is getting an environmental awareness center added to the wing of our library. We plan to have earth days and exhibits and such for the community and greater Los Angeles.

  22. richard m. permalink
    March 24, 2009

    iv”e started ,helping the cleanup from the winter storm dammage.wev”e cleaned two days now,enough to get everybody motivated. I hope everybody pitches in maby we’ll have good things to plant from arbor day, n.y. this april, to help out earth day i think its great!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Jimmy permalink
    March 24, 2009

    Educate children about nature. Leave out the political garbage – global warming, etc. Just teach them about the delicate balance and the purity of nature. Life’s lessons – the food chain, life and death, pollution.

  24. BREATHE LA permalink
    March 24, 2009

    BREATHE LA is getting started early on Earth Day Celebrations! On April 16, 2009 BREATHE LA will launch O24u Online Environmental Education Program with the help of Wonderland Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles as a part of Environmental Education Week.

  25. Used Car Dealers permalink
    March 25, 2009

    People can plant some plants and even take some steps to stop the tree cutting by protesting. We usually gone through the situation where one tree cuts but no one ensures that the empty space of that tree should filled with new plant. If we work for that the planet will be saved and earth day is likely to be celebrated at the end.

  26. Sandra Whitehead permalink
    March 25, 2009

    The Division of Environmental Health at the Florida Department of Health is sponsoring its second annual Earth Day Celebration. We solicit volunteers department-wide to coordinate this event which takes place in the Capitol Circle Office Complex in Tallahassee. This office park includes approximately 9 state offices which employ thousands of people. Green-oriented businesses as well as DOH programs set up displays under the oak trees to disseminate information on sustainable practices employees can implement both at home and in the workplace. Community exhibitors have included the local recycling services, a solar company and the department’s health promotion staff.

  27. Angela Mendonca permalink
    March 25, 2009

    Use public transprts; climb up the stairs not lifts; eat product of the season; reduce shower time; be polite to everyone; encoure your family to plant endemic plants in gardens in order to save water; if you live in a flat turn your balcony into a sustainable one: sezonal plants, dew capture diveces, Use plants as shields for temperature and noise.

    May you all do something.
    Thank you,

    Angela mendonca, Portugal

  28. Lori E. Mazzola permalink
    March 26, 2009

    Earth Day is a wonderful day to spend time beautifying our planet!
    “Every day should be Earth Day” according to my daughter!

  29. Cristina permalink
    March 26, 2009

    Earth Day is an amazing way get inform people about whats going on in the world around them!
    Last year, I worked with the Ecology Club at the local highschool and set up and Earth Day booth with hotdogs and hamburgers cooked with solar ovens. Students that approached were given information about easy ways to help out and reduce waste and pollution. It was a great day for all :)

  30. Emilio permalink
    March 30, 2009

    Technically we should grant our Earth the benefit of breathing properly. Reduce garbage by recycling and plant a tree.

  31. Anonymous permalink
    April 1, 2009

    earth hour is just grandstanding. it’s all nonsense. if university’s (and i mention them because they’re the WORST of all the hypocrites) REALLY gave a crap about the environment perhaps they would cancel some of their HUGE campus wide events, stop bringing in big-name entertainers for all-day music fests (which use tons of energy, btw), and actually DO something worthwhile.

    earth hour is stupid. i was on a jet plane.

  32. Janet permalink
    April 2, 2009

    I would love to see a town wide initiative to planting trees. It would be wonderful if some of the older trees that are dying that need to be removed were removed in a cost effective way to improve the community along with planting new appropriate ones in their place.
    Most people can’t afford to take down the dying trees. Possibly somehow these trees could be taken down and used, recycled for mulch, and wood that could pay for the cost. We would really need the cooperation and financial assistance from our town. Right now I know when there are storms the towns participate in clearing the roads of fallen trees but at a very high inflated cost do to the timing of doing it after the storm brings down the trees that could of been taken down prior to the storm at a very substantially lower cost. I know there would be volunteers and this could be a requirement for receiving the benefit of having dying trees removed and than replaced with more suitable trees that would protect the enviroment along with protecting the wildlife and air quality at the same time. I live in a small town in New Jersey and I would like to know if anyone is interested in getting this started and how we would go about it. I live in South Plainfield and can be reached at Trees for Life

  33. Anonymous permalink
    April 20, 2009

    earth week is a good and it is a good day to celebrate arbor day and we celebrate earth day i love holidays so much we celebrate arbor day & earth week cause you get to have fun on a hoildays . We do a lot of things to do

  34. Elaine permalink
    February 3, 2010

    I’d be very interested to receive info that I can post on my blog at Earth Day 2010.
    Thank you very much!

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