Earth Day 2010

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by Wendy Gabriel

GREEN TIP: Being green isn’t about the things you buy, it’s about choice that you make every day. On Earth Day this year make a commitment to do something that helps the earth every day.

A few articles for Earth Day:

Some great links for Earth Day crafts and other ideas for children:

  • has a gallery of Recycled Crafts, directions for an Eggshell Planter, an Egg Carton Bug Mobile, a Tin Can Herb Garden and much more.
  • For Earth Day, Babybee-the smallest member of the Little Humbugs is raising awareness for Our Pollinators. Download your own FREE Help Save Our Pollinators activity sheets from the Little Humbugs.

Events in the Fargo Moorhead Area:

  • Red River Zoo’s “Party for the Planet”: Free admission to the Zoo, Saturday, April 24th from noon to 4:00 p.m. Family activities include, crafting bagel bird feeders, making a toad abode, recycled papermaking, supermarket sweep and animal observation skills.
  • Get Your “Can” on the Bus: April 19-24 Get Your “Can” on the Bus Metro Area Transit; Ride a Metro Area Transit bus during Earth Week, for the cost of one empty aluminum can. For bus route information, call (701) 232-7500 or go online at
  • Waste Transformation Art Exhibition: April 19-25 Waste Transformation Art Exhibition at the Moorhead Public Library. This art exhibition is made from materials that would otherwise enter the waste stream.

For a full listing of Earth Week events, including the Party for the Planet and Valley Green Expo, please visit

Some other Earth Week activities you can do this week or anytime:

  • Plant a tree or natural habitat garden.
  • Pick up some litter in and around your neighborhood.
  • Reduce your consumption of energy, water and over packaged products.
  • Start composting.
  • Take a walk and enjoy the natural world around you.
  • Show your support for Mother Earth by becoming a member of the Sierra Club.

My Green Side’s weekly web pick:

Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by nature, they are 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors, working together to protect our communities and the planet.

 The Sierra Club has a special offer now through Earth Day 2010, you can join for $15. Your gift will help support efforts to protect our wildlands and wildlife, keep our air and water free from pollution, stem global warming and promote a clean energy future.

Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living to The Christopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1020am (CDT) every Wednesday at

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by Wendy Gabriel

I’m more than a little irritated by all the Earth Day consumerism going on. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day which was started as the first nationwide environmental protest. Peddling “green” and “eco” items at a reduced price during Earth Week is not the point of this day/week.

Meet the founder of Earth Day – Gaylord Nelson

Gaylord Nelson was a leading figure in the fight against environmental degradation and social injustice in the twentieth century.

As a Wisconsin senator, Nelson contributed to important liberal reforms but struggled for years to interest his colleagues in environmental protections. So he turned instead to the people, proposing April 22, 1970 as a day for Americans to speak out about the environmental crises they faced. Earth Day’s massive public support forced politicians to see the severity of the problems and the extent of public concern. The first Earth Day galvanized Congress into creating some of the most important U.S. environmental legislation. Gaylord Nelson earned environmentalism a lasting place in national politics.

An estimated 20 million Americans, young and old, gathered on April 22, 1970 to confront the ecological troubles in their cities, states, nation, and planet—and to demand action from themselves and from their elected officials.

Education was always at the heart of Gaylord Nelson’s work. He knew early on the success of environmental movement would depend not primarily on budgets or regulations, but on “a new awareness of the ecological bonds between man and his environment.”

In the years following the first Earth Day he strove to make its anniversary an annual celebration of ecological education in schools. Thousands of educators shared Nelson’s goal of bolstering environmental literacy. In 1970, the University of Wisconsin founded its Institute for Environmental Studies—today bearing Nelson’s name—and in 1985 the state legislature made Wisconsin the first state to require environmental education in its elementary and high schools.

Source: Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day

How will you celebrate Earth Day?

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