Happy Earth Day!
Now more than ever it's so important that we take care of our planet. Earth Day 2009, April 22nd, will mark the beginning of The Green Generation CampaignTM which will also be the focus of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend The Green GenerationTM’s core principles: Family with windmills: Renewable energy for future generations.
* A carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal.
* An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption.
* Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one.
I live in a city so I don't really have space for a windmill in my living room but I make sure that we are doing our part by doing small things like buying those special lightbulbs, shutting off the lights when we don't need them (I hear my dad's voice telling my sister and me to shut the lights off in the house when we all lived under the same roof), I bring my reusable bag when I go to the super, I walk everywhere or take public transportation (the buses in NYC are hybrids!), because I have to use the dry cleaner (I know, not great for my clothes or the planet) I always bring him those wire hangers back so he can reuse them, we recycle all of our milk cartons and newspapers and magazines and cans, I buy locally grown food, I only run the dishwasher (again, not great but this is a necessity in our house) when it's about to bust open from being so stuffed and I buy green cleaning products.
What do you do to help take better care of Mother Earth?
Happy Hump Day and Happy Earth Day!
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Madeleine Peyroux - Between The Bars