Celebrating Earth Day is a fantastic event and it gets us thinking of the environment and what more we can do. And we can do more. We can take the ideas and lessons learned on Earth Day and apply them to our everyday lives.
Archive for the ‘Urban Green’ Category
April 22nd marks the 38th anniversary of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970, when 20 million participants across the United States gathered at colleges, universities, primary schools and community centers in peaceful demonstration for environmental reform.
According to organizers at the Earth Day Network it is now the largest international secular holiday in the world with a half billion celebrants annually. With immanent climate change at the forefront of today’s global environmental consciousness, Earth Day’s call to attention is more important than ever.
The people of Greensburg, KA, are leading the nation in green building, green energy use and are quickly becoming the model community in the US for green living.
Last year in May, Greensburg, KA was hit with a devastating tornado, destroying most of their community. The determined Greensburgers became committed to re-building in a green, environmentally friendly way.
“We want to re-build our community, why not do it right?” says one Greensburg citizen. “We see green as an American responsibility, one that is taken seriously for the benefit of our children and our future.”
Finally! — The US Government has come to the conclusion that we need to find alternative sources of energy. It took them awhile! Even George W., the oil loving Texan himself says, “America is addicted to oil.”
Cellulose, a material extracted from plants, could be a good bet. It’s the most abundant naturally occurring molecule on the Earth. Trees, lawn clippings, fall leaves… all of it could be turned into an alternative fuel.
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Talk about a grass roots effort! The citizens of Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Los Angeles are on the move to change their cities. The best part is; it’s working!
Chicago has some major problems but her citizens aren’t easily discouraged. They’re stepping up in a BIG way to reverse the damage of pollution, combustion, and over population. And they aren’t afraid to use their muscle to beat political corruption to fix their city.
Friends of the River is grass roots organization founded by the residents of Chicago in 1973. Tired of their Chicago River being treated as a legal dumping ground, they organized and recruted hundreds of people to restore 156 miles of river that traveled through 50 towns in the Chicago area. Today, with their hard work and dedication, the Chicago River is showing signs of revitalization with the return of native plants and wildlife.