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Question of the Week: What are you going to do to celebrate the Earth this April?

2010 April 12

April is Earth Month, and Earth Day, April 22nd, is rapidly approaching. Check out our Earth Day web page for things you can do to celebrate, participate and then share what you are doing. Activities range from “Pick 5″– choosing five environmental actions you will commit to, to submitting a video clip to join our “It’s My Environment” video project and loads of things in between. Check it out and tell us about your plans.

What are you going to do to celebrate the Earth this April?

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  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    April 12, 2010

    I am going to do to bathe my mom (83) who is stroke since 20 years ago. She was angry to some of people problem in the earth and made her hypertension. I am here (in the earth), because her…..

  2. Bonnie Aylor permalink
    April 12, 2010

    Planning garden rennovations and layouts, introducing my child to native plants, planting new trees, attending clean-up events, attending earth day celebration events, making a pact to visit as many state parks as possible, then move on the the federals, between my daughter and I. Also, putting together a research group to find more reasons for sustainable living communities, continuing my education with an MSEM, obtaining a Forestry/Conservation Career Diploma, renewing memberships to different organization that respect and serve to protect the environment and remaining active in them, and continuing research to put together multiple educational materials on environmental topics.

  3. Mariojosé Angeles permalink
    April 12, 2010

    Good day,

    Dear friends,
    The greatest gift we can give to our home planet, is an altruistic thought. Promoting development ideas, discipline, education and justice.

    Our house is rich and opulent. It is a matter of sound administration.

    Congratulations to Mother Earth and all the kingdoms of nature.

    Greetings from the Dominican Republic,
    Mariojosé Angeles

  4. Stephanie permalink
    April 12, 2010

    I’m going to FINALLY order some reusable grocery bags (made in USA of course!). This is better than taking back the bags for recycling, but I just haven’t gotten around to finding some, and I don’t want imported ones.

  5. Jackenson Durand permalink
    April 12, 2010

    I am going to sit on an auto analyze perspective because every time I hear the word “Earth” that brings my idea to a green plantation, and what I shall do to better improve myself in future by continuing this same great nature ideological conservancy.

  6. Jackenson Durand permalink
    April 12, 2010

    Pour ce mois d’ Avril, j’aimerais passer un peu de temps à se refléchir sur les meilleures possibilités de mieux me mettre a l’épreuve afin de pourvoir en devernir l’un de notre futur nature conservateur à combattre l’érosion.

  7. Dr. Shabbir A Rizvi permalink
    April 12, 2010

    Protect Florida waters from getting impaired by ensuring Best Management Practices (BMP).

    Under the umbrella of Department of Environmental Protection, ordering compliance and enforcement both in Domestic as well as Industrial wastewater permitting to protect and preserve State’s water which is the top pure water among all the State waters of the United States.

  8. John permalink
    April 12, 2010

    Yes I’m going to do the same this month!! Reusable grocery bags are really a good thing!

    John Meyer

  9. April 12, 2010

    Earth Day just happens to be take your child to work day so a two for one for me…

  10. Vanessa permalink
    April 12, 2010

    Plant my garden with edibles and grow more flowers and bushes.

  11. Al Bannet permalink
    April 12, 2010

    All the supermarket grocery stores, including the Co-op, the Public Library, the hardware store, etc. all have their own logo printed on recyclable shopping bags. If you haven’t found one, then you must not be looking!

  12. Al Bannet permalink
    April 12, 2010

    I normally celebrate the Earth every day by appreciating the weather, believing there is no such thing as “bad weather”. But today I am sending an email to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging her to begin regulating the toxic coal ash that sits in leaking retention ponds and periodically floods surrounding areas in the coal-producing region.

  13. Anjala Jose permalink
    April 12, 2010

    Planning to modify my garden.Will plant new trees.

  14. jeniferjeni permalink
    April 13, 2010

    Hello friends!!!

    I am going to enjoy with my friends and relatives.We’ll go for shopping and have fun and enjoy our day there.

  15. robert mary permalink
    April 13, 2010

    I’ll plant trees around my home and my college with a group of many friends.We have a big team and we are planned to plant all near our surroundings.

  16. Krissy Hopkins permalink
    April 13, 2010

    During Earth Month I’m going to educate students on the importance of our water resources and the things they can do to help cleanup our local rivers and streams.

    Teachers in the Chesapeake region looking for something to do in their classroom for Earth Month should read the Bay Backpack Blog: Be Water Wise,

  17. Earl Pinkard permalink
    April 13, 2010

    I am teaching my grandson how to plant a garden with vegetables he will eat and how to grow plants from seeds so that they can be transplanted into his garden.
    Bradenton, Fl

  18. Don Olson permalink
    April 13, 2010


  19. Bill Callahan permalink
    April 13, 2010

    I’ll be teaching interested and concerned people how they can build beautiful lifelong furniture from found wood without prior experience and power tools at a local Earth Day Event.
    Bill the Builder.

  20. Chris Cole permalink
    April 13, 2010

    For me, I will engage myself in the attainment of a sustainable environment particularly from knowing to applying stormwater solutions to be able to execute stormwater best management practices. This issue may seem to be a small thing as we are not used to seeing it everyday but it being hidden from our eyes yet existent, it could contribute to earth’s permanent damage if not given a concern.

  21. John Runnette permalink
    April 13, 2010

    I have made a committment to myself to walk more and drive less, lowering my own carbon footprint. I have made a committment to myself to practice more of what I preach, to buy green, to recycle … and to teach more people that going green doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice quality.

    John Runnette

  22. David Mc permalink
    April 13, 2010

    That’s really sweet armansyahardanis. My mother is 83 also. I’ll have to stop by her home on my break, since I’ll be working. She doesn’t like to bath anymore, so I might mention your idea. On the following Saturday evening I’ll be giving environmental related hands-on science demos at my church. They have game night, and I’m not so fond of games. I have a lot od “boxed” experiments I’ve done with children over several years. All home-made. For the last several years I’ve done them through the American Chemical Society’s Kids & Chemistry program.

  23. Anonymous permalink
    April 14, 2010

    Brother David Mc,
    I understand and salutes for dedication to your Church and the kids. Your Mama, I know, cries to you and hope, ya…. hope…… Jesus Christ Bless to you. Amen !

  24. David Mc permalink
    April 14, 2010

    No, my mother is frail and has a bad memory, but she’s happy. I see her a lot. She just smells funny. Thanks for urging our savior’s blessings. Accept some for your mother and yourself also.

  25. David Mc permalink
    April 14, 2010


    Hey, my sister lives in Dominica. I set her up with solar water heaters a couple years ago. Hot showers galore!

  26. armansyahardanis permalink
    April 14, 2010

    Thank you very much… Kiss me for your mother ~

  27. Lori Gertz permalink
    April 15, 2010

    I’ve been taking my 3 kids and husband out to clean up garbage that litters our community. My children have been deeply affected by this new activity…all of us wrote about it

  28. MJ Smith permalink
    April 15, 2010

    I participated on the Earth Hour and attended the mall exhibit here in our town.


  29. Linda permalink
    April 16, 2010

    We’re working to enlarge our compost heap from single wire bins into a two-compartment (mostly) wooden structure, so that we can turn from the first compartment into the second a little easier. Our plan incorporates a lot of found material — stuff we already had on hand, just taking up space, so the new bins will solve more than one problem. Turning will be easier because there will be a removable barrier between the bins; no more moving from one wire cage to the other a shovelful at a time, just heave it over a couple of feet and no need to be “tidy” about it. It will have solid side walls for better moisture retention and we’re moving it to a sunnier spot, so I hope it will get hotter and “cook” better and faster. I may make two wire chimneys to increase aeration; if so, those will be made from one of the old bins.

    Wish me luck in my quest to feed my hungry little patch of Mother Earth.

  30. Chris S permalink
    April 16, 2010

    Solid sides are good to retain moisture – but make sure you get enough air into the pile to keep it going properly, otherwise you get a smelly mess that takes forever to decompose… so plan on using wire chimneys.

    aerobic composting is the goal… anaerobic decomposition is what you get in a cesspool. the more the material is mixed together, the faster it will breakdown under proper conditions of heat & moisture. When the earthworms start appearing, the pile is ready for the garden.

  31. Chris S permalink
    April 16, 2010

    every day should be “Earth Day” because we are too close to the edge to “rest on our laurels”. The operative word needs to be “sustainable”. Sustainable growth in industry… population… agriculture… The old model of “bigger is better” or more economical is totally wrong for a sustainable system.

    Think of it this way… when cells start to grow without stopping – you have a cancer that will utlimately kill the organism. The short term benefit to the cells is way outweighed by the end result of death to all the cells in the organism.

    Forget about the notion of “saving the earth”…. this planet will persist long after we are gone. We are really working to save our own butts… and whatever other organisms manage to hang on with us.

  32. Jim Adcock permalink
    April 16, 2010

    First, I am going to continue to “zero” my carbon footprint by buying carbon offsets from verifiable activities such as in support of wind power.

    Secondly, I wil continue to calmly and rationally “talk back” to people, particularly people in power, who continue to deny modern science, particularly the science of global warming.

  33. James permalink
    April 18, 2010

    I’m going to plant 3 trees.

  34. David Lynch permalink
    April 19, 2010

    I am going to spread the word of the importance of earth day. I am going to let the public know that if we all band together we can make a difference to this earth and the environment. There are still a lot of people out there that are ignorant and don’t have any concept what its about and how they can help.

  35. Kevin Higgins permalink
    April 20, 2010

    We are going to get our business involved in planting a tree for every new subscriber, or possibly to offset carbon emissions for each new subscriber of our web site. We started out recycling(refurbishing) computers just because it is the right thing to we are going to try to get more people involved even if they can not give to our cause.

  36. buy umbrella permalink
    May 9, 2010

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  37. maria permalink
    August 11, 2010

    Nice post.I am going to plan for gardening as well as collect the extra rubbish from my home.

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