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postheadericon Celebrate Earth Day with Thoughtful Acts of Green

Learn what you can do to celebrate Earth Day 2017 on April 22nd by creating your own Thoughtful Acts of Green.

 

redbarnblueskies.com Earth Day 2017

 

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 by about 20 million Americans. Those numbers have reached into the billions now with several hundred countries participating in the annual celebration of our planet.

 

We try to do something positive for Earth Day around here every year. My first time posting about it was for my 2009 Earth Day Pledge. One of our projects this year involves turning all of our feed bags into shopping totes. It’s a true recycle/reuse/repurpose task that benefits us and our family and friends. (I’m hoping to do a tutorial with pictures soon.)

 

What are Thoughtful Acts of Green?

Thoughtful Acts of Green are those actions you can take to help improve our planet. Recycling, replacing plastic bags with reusable shopping totes, conserving water and resources, and many other conservation methods are all considered green actions.

 

From the smallest thing such as planting a few bee-friendly flowers to larger actions like cleaning up your local streams and rivers – everything you do can have a positive impact.

 

Some of the things you might consider to help your world be a better place:

  • Educate yourself and others about the environment
  • Plant a tree or twelve..
  • Plant wildflowers for yourself and future generations – check out these Earth Day seed bomb bags
  • Join local conservation efforts
  • Learn about bees and beekeeping
  • Recycle/Reuse/Repurpose – whatever you can
  • Teach children the importance of recycling
  • Volunteer to help turn your city green
  • Learn what you can do to help endangered species
  • Take THIS QUIZ to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint

 

Get outside this Earth Day and create your own Thoughtful Acts of Green to make this a better world for us all.

postheadericon Plant a Tree – World Forestry Day

Plant a tree and celebrate World Forestry Day in style.
Plant a Tree for World Forestry Day Red Barn Blue Skies

Tomorrow, March 21, 2010 is the date that has been designated as World Forestry Day. It coincides with the autumnal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Northern.

This worldwide observance was a product of the 23rd General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture in 1971. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization put its stamp of approval on it later that year as they recognized the value of having a day every year (March 21st) to direct the world’s attention to the importance of protecting and nourishing our forests.

Conservation is a predominant theme in the celebrations.  It promotes awareness and encourages communities to plant and manage trees that are native to the area.

Plant a Tree for World Forestry Day at Red Barn Blue Skies

Many people immediately think of a forest as just a lot of trees.  They miss out on the fact that it is an entire living community that consists of several layers and micro-communities.  The trees are the backbone of a forest, but it takes many types of flora and fauna to make it whole.

Plant a Tree

What can you do to celebrate and acknowledge World Forestry Day?

  • Plant a tree!
  • If that’s not feasible, go and visit a local forest.  Spend the afternoon walking in the woods, enjoying nature and paying attention to the diverse forms of life that a forest truly is.
  • Learn about the contributions forests make to your life.  Think about the different things that surround you that are the product of a forest.
  • Just enjoy nature
  • Learn how to bring nature to your own backyard.

Plant a tree at Red Barn Blue Skies lone tree on hills

For more information, you can visit these sites:

Bloggers Unite
Fraoch Wood
Oklahoma Forestry Services
Forest Health (this link has a really cool page about the life cycle of a forest tree)

postheadericon My Earth Day 2009 Pledge

I want to share my Earth Day 2009 pledge with all of you. It’s important to put it out there and hold one’s self accountable.

On this Earth Day, let’s think about how we can make a difference in our environment. I am talking about our own “personal” environments. Many people immediately visualize the great outdoors and wilderness when the word “environment” is used. Here are a few of the relevant definitions from Wikipedia’s dictionary: (#1 is what I am referring to here)

    1. The surroundings of & influences on a particular item of interest (or particular person?)
    2. The natural world or ecosystem
    3. A particular political or social setting, arena or condition

 

I feel that each person or family can make a huge difference just by taking small steps. There is a wealth of information out there to help us make our “personal environment” a much better place to be in. Imagine if all of us start improving our individual spaces, it can & will domino into improving the health and well-being of the #2 definition above: The natural world & ecosystem!

 

My Earth Day 2009 Pledge

I found a great site from the EPA, Environmental Protection Agency that has a list of items that you can pledge to do in your own life that can have a big impact. My pledge is listed below:

To help protect the environment, I pledge to:

    • Use less water! Take showers instead of baths, fix leaks, and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. And buy efficient fixtures by looking for the WaterSense label.

 

 

    • Reduce, reuse, recycle! Try to find products with less packaging, take reusable bags on shopping trips, creatively reuse other products, and recycle what’s left. The new shopping totes that fit into the cart are a great way to cut down on bags while making your trip easier.

 

    • Use chemicals safely! Read pesticide labels carefully. Lock up pesticides, paints, and cleaners where kids can’t reach them.

 

  • Spread the word! Teach others where you work or go to school. Share online by commenting on our blog, or sharing your photos and videos. Encourage people to Pick 5 for the Environment!

Pledged Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009.
Make your own pledge by visiting http://www.epa.gov/pick5/

I encourage everyone to do what they can on this Earth Day to make our “environments” better places to grow & thrive in!

My Earth Day 2009 Pledge at Red Barn Blue Skies

postheadericon Earth Hour 2009 – Turn Out the Lights..

EARTH HOUR

Well, the hubby and I have big plans tonight…We’re going to sit in the dark!

Yes, we paid our power bill and yes, we are choosing to turn off the electricity in our home for an hour or more…. We’re taking part in a global event to show our support and commitment to saving our planet. (It doesn’t hurt that we are including a bottle of wine, some cheese & crackers, and a nighttime stroll in the plan.) Being environmentally friendly and conscious of our carbon footprint can still be romantic!

This is the 3rd year in a row that millions of people worldwide will be turning off their lights & other non-essential electronics for an hour tonight to celebrate Earth Hour. Individuals as well as companies and international landmarks will take part by flicking the switch from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local times this evening. Even the famous Las Vegas Strip will be dark (on the outside) for this hour, including the huge “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. This will be a first as the only time this is ever done is for a minute when a local star dies, never for an entire hour. Huzzah!

Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, this event started in Australia and is celebrating it’s third year with more participation each year. From the website:

In December 2009 world leaders meet in Copenhagen to agree on a post-Kyoto policy for tackling climate change. One billion people voting with their light switch during Earth Hour will create a powerful mandate for our leaders to take strong and decisive action on climate change in Copenhagen.

With the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote, Vote Earth is a global call to action for every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet.

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Sign up for Earth Hour

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While too many people still don’t really think that 1 person or 1 family can really make a difference on a global level, it is amazing when events like this occur to see that EACH INDIVIDUAL really DOES count. We’re talking BILLIONS of people choosing to do something as simple as flicking off a light switch for one hour. It’s a start folks…

VOTE EARTH