Earth Day 2012 is coming up on this upcoming Sunday. Of course all of us at Green Mom celebrate it in our own ways. Read about what we all be doing on Earth Day!
Fredrica Syren–Founder, cookbook author and mom
Having one day a year to celebrate Earth is great. The damage we’re doing to our planet is horrible and happening rapidly. In order to save it, we need to make an even bigger effort before it’s too late. I believe Earth Day is a reminder of that. Important wildlife, ecosystems and plants already are disappearing, never to return because of us. It’s convenient to close our eyes and not want to see what is going on. But if we turn a blind eye and we don’t save it, soon there will be inconvenience for us all, whether or not we care about nature, animals and our planet.
Since we moved to San Diego and became parents, Earth Day has become important because it’s a day when we can show our kids what earth really means to us and how much we need to care for the planet. We like to stay home and take a long walk; we play and plant in our garden; and besides turning on the kids’ night lights (they still gets scared of the dark), we plan not to use our kitchen or electricity for the day. So dinner will be by candlelight. It’s a day we’ll not be using our computers at all.
My motto is “Make Earth Day a special day and challenge yourself to change one thing that can help our planet.” Last year we decided to kill cable and use the TV only for occasional movies. A year later, it has made us realize how much bad TV we were watching just because it was available.
James Harker-Syren-Co-Founder and technical support
To me, Earth Day is about reconnecting, to the Earth of course, but also to people and nature. As a family we will start Earth Day with a walk. I am hoping the wild flowers will still be in bloom around Murray Lake where we’ll walk. We’ll go easy on the energy. We’ll eat in our yard or go picnicking, cooking on the BBQ. All the computers, TVs, iPads and iPhones will be off for the day. I also think about safety: I am going use Earth Day as a reminder to check the fire and carbon monoxide alarms in the house. I am looking forward to it.
Isabella Syren-green daughter, inspiration and the reason we’re doing this:)
Earth Day is important because people do bad things to the Earth and she will die. I want to celebrate Earth Day by staying at home and planting something in our garden. I want to do kind things to Earth.
I really love Dolphins and I want all the world’s dolphins to swim freely in a clean ocean.
To me Earth Day is just as important as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or a birthday. It is the one day each year that all of our attention should be focused on the Earth and treating her with extra special care. Since my grandpa and the Earth share the same special day I plan to make his birthday an extra special “green” family affair, from the organic food to the recyclable decorations! My grandpa has always loved his garden and has wonderful vegetables that grow in it, so I plan to explain to Grandpa that, since the Earth keeps giving him these wonderful vegetables as gifts, we should give her a gift in return on her special day. As a combined gift for Grandpa and the Earth, I plan to give him a new fruit tree that he can plant in his garden. I know he will love it! So go out, get creative, and really celebrate this wonderful day in any way you can!
On Earth Day I will be working at Petco Park for the Padres. This means that my options for celebrating this special day are limited, but not all is lost because the Padres have a great recycling program. As part of their Green Initiative, an award winning program, they collect used batteries, cell phones, LED light bulbs, etc. So I will collect spent batteries from my neighbors to add to the Padres’ bins. However, in order to be a better steward of this earth, I will continue on a regular basis to collect the items that our Padres recycle or dispose of properly throughout the year. Please go to Padres.com for more information about their program. Go Padres! Go Earth!
Andrea Liddle–Proof reader and Facebook content editor
This year for Earth Day I am planning a day to have fun in my own neighborhood, so no driving for the day. Lola and I are going to take a long walk around our neighborhood to connect with the community and explore the nearby canyon getting a bit of nature. I will do some work in our garden and hopefully have a little to harvest for lunch. My computer and cell phone will be turned off, which I know will help me slow down and be more present to my environment. Happy Earth Day Ya’ll!
Earth Day is coming up soon, on April 22nd. For me, it’s a time to reflect on what more I can do to make a difference. Since my husband and I live 55 miles from the city, our driving such a distance to attend a festival or rally would be pretty ironic. But we have contributed to Earth Day Network’s Billion Acts of Green. I pledged to plant an incense cedar tree we just received from a neighbor. It’s been tucked in a protected corner, weathering the past couple of winter snowstorms, and I think the weather will be mild enough by April 22nd to transplant it. Hubby pledged to set up recycling bins and install a water cooler at his business. I also would like to look seriously into starting a small henhouse for free-range eggs. Our resolutions are small things, really, but every bit helps. Aside from that, we plan not to drive anywhere or purchase anything. We’ll spend the day hiking in the forest in our backyard. In the evening, we’ll go out star-watching. We’ll savor the quiet, the wind, the trees, and wildlife. We’ll think about ways we can help keep it all here.
For me every day should be Earth Day, but the annual celebration helps bring special attention to current environmental problems and solutions. On this year’s Earth Day, I may go to the 2012 Earth Fair in Balboa Park since I’ve never been before. It’s supposedly the largest free environmental fair in the world and, of course, I will ride my bike there!
Earth Day is the day we become extra aware of our footprint and how every action has a social, economic and environmental impact. For me Earth Day means having little or no consumption and reminds me to focus on what is truly essential like family. We need to slow things down in this fast paced society. On this Sunday I will be at home, not driving, not using electricity and not buying a single thing.
Valerie Yoder -Writer
To celebrate Earth Day this year, we will be attending Olympia’s Procession of the Species! Each year in honor of Earth Day, Olympia holds its very own procession through the city streets to celebrate our connection with and love for the Natural world. For weeks and months in advance, community members construct elaborate costumes of plants and animals to wear during the procession as well as windsocks, banners, and instruments. Anyone can be a part of the procession – just make a costume and/or an instrument and register on the Procession website. Cost to enter the procession is two cans of food to donate to the Thurston County Food Bank. If you are in the Olympia or Seattle area, stop on by! The procession will be on April 28th at 4:30 PM and coincides with Arts Walk weekend.
We will be at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market on Earth Day. There will be special eco-concious and green vendors available to inform and encourage the public to take the steps necessary for leading healthier lives for themselves, their families, and the planet. I will be offering free “green pet” consultations at the Foxy Treats booth where our sustainable and organic products will be available for purchase.