Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Each year, I take this day to decide on one change I can make to walk lighter on this planet. What kind of practice can I start that shifts my way of being in the world? Each time I take out the compost, I am delighted that I have been able to live in places where I have a place to put compostables.  This I have done for over 20 years.  Considering that 40% of landfills are full of compost, recycling it into the earth makes a lot of sense to me.

Part of this day, I was listening to stories of what other people are doing in the world.

  • In Invermere, BC - the local high school (David Thompson Secondary) has decided to expand their lunch program where they create their own meals to include growing their own food.  They have built a greenhouse for year-round growing. 
  • A new movement in Nelson called Edible Nelson are encouraging people to turn their lawns into vegetable gardens.   At this website people can register their names if they are looking for a yard to share or if they have a yard to share.
  • Ontario has introduced legislation today to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides on lawns. 
  • There are many Earth Day events happening including on Saturday in the Kootenays.
  • Here's what is happening more nationally.  Here are the 10 top actions to honour Earth Day.
  • Starbucks is offering a free cup of coffee for whoever brings in their own cups on Earth Day.
As for me, I haven't picked my Earth Day good habit yet.  Any ideas?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A really simple thing that you can do is unplug stuff, like computers, phones rechargers etc. I like walking to and from work, good meditation time, but Nelson's hills...arrrgh, and just finished reading about your poor knee, hobbling round SF. Marcus suggests bringing back wind-up clocks and watches, hmmmm. Let us know what you decide to do. Katherine