Earth Day 2014

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EDITOR’S NOTE: EACH TUESDAY 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 1220PM (CENTRAL) EVERY TUESDAY AT WDAY.COM OR, IF YOU’RE IN NORTH DAKOTA OR WESTERN MINNESOTA, LISTEN ON YOUR RADIO AT AM970 WDAY

GREEN TIPIf you want to do one simple thing on Earth Day that will have a positive long-term impact on the planet, become a member of a food co-op.  

Treehuggers... in every sense of the word

Food co-op members live lightly on the planet every day.  Most food co-ops offer many items in bulk bins, so you can buy exactly as much as you need, reducing food waste.  Bulk buying also allows you to reuse your own storage containers.  This reduces the packaging cost to producers, creating a cost savings that can be passed on to members, and minimizes the amount of packing materials entering the waste stream.

Food co-ops feature food grown locally, which means less energy is spent getting the food from the field to your plate and means you are getting fresh food picked at the peak of ripeness.  They feature seasonal and local food from farmers using sustainable agriculture methods, which means the air, water and land surrounding our community is clean and healthy.  Though “local” has popped up in conventional grocery stores in recent years, retail food co-ops are leaps and bounds ahead of the pack. Where conventional grocers work with an average of 65 local farmers and food producers, food co-ops work with an average of 157. Likewise, locally sourced products make up an average of 20 percent of co-op sales compared to 6 percent at conventional stores.

Years after creating the market for organic foods, co-ops are still the place to find them. Of produce sales at food co-ops, 82 percent are organic, compared to 12 percent for conventional grocers. And, organics make up 48 percent of grocery sales in food co-ops, compared to just 2 percent in conventional stores.

If you only have time to do one thing to celebrate Earth Day, take two minutes and become a member of the Prairie Roots Food Co-opnew Prairie Roots Food Co-op.

  • In honor of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, the first 44 new members on April 22, 2014 will get a free burlap co-op tote bag
  • All new members in April will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards
  • You can sign up online at http://prairie-roots.coop/ or visit with Prairie Roots volunteers on Earth Day at MSUM’s Sustainable Lunch from 11 AM – 1 PM outside Hagen Hall
  • Or at the Fargo Theater before and after Adam Rome’s lecture about the history of Earth Day at 7:30 PM
  • Prairie Roots will also be hosting a reception at Ecce Art Gallery from 3 – 7:30 PM where you can take a whirl at grinding your own breakfast with our people-powered grain grinder, register to win a free gift bag full of products from Prairie Roots Online Market, and learn more about the new food co-op coming to our community.

Prairie Roots Food Cooperative is dedicated to building a healthy community by providing access to natural, organic, and locally produced food.  The future food co-op will be a member-owned natural foods, full-service, retail grocery store in the Fargo-Moorhead area that will be open to both members and the public.  Their weekly online market provides over 250 local products from 15 area farmers.  Prairie Roots needs 200 more members to reach their initial membership target in July and stay on schedule to open a retail food co-op in 2015.  More information at http://prairie-roots.coop/.

Source: Kaye Kirsch from Prairie Root Food Cooperative

For information about what is happening for Earth Day and Earth Week all around the Fargo Moorhead area, visit Valley Earth Resource at http://valleyearthresource.org/.

Instead of a web pick of the week, this week My Green Side is having a GIVEAWAY.My Green Side Giveaway

One listener during the Simple Tips for Green Living radio segment (today only, April 22nd, 2014) on The Christopher Gabriel Program will be chosen at random to win a gift package with includes two Early Bird tickets to the upcoming Eco Chic’s Junk Market, a burlap Prairie Roots Food Co-op reusable bag and a sample pack of The Honey Bee Soap Company’s amazing soap.

The Christopher Gabriel Program is a live radio show that airs from 11am to 2pm (central) every Monday through Friday.

  • Listen online at http://www.wday.com/pages/AM970Radio. Click on “Click Here to Listen Live.”
  • Listen on your radio in Fargo Moorhead and the surrounding areas at AM 970 WDAY.
  • Listen via your WDAY radio app. Free for iPhone and Droid platforms at your App Store.

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

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EDITOR’S NOTE: EACH Tuesday 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 1220PM (CENTRAL) EVERY TUESDAY AT WDAY.COM OR, IF YOU’RE IN NORTH DAKOTA OR WESTERN MINNESOTA, LISTEN ON YOUR RADIO AT AM970 WDAY.

GREEN TIP: Earth Day, April 22nd, is only a week away! This year find new ways to celebrate Earth Day and include your new green habits all year long.

We are all responsible for our planet and we should strive to leave it better than we found it. This is Walt Kelly’s Pogo Possum cartoon that was used on a poster for the first Earth Day in 1970:

Source: Walt Kelly/Pogo/Public Domain

Source: Walt Kelly/Pogo/Public Domain

Here are some more ways you could celebrate Earth Day this year:

  • Get a bike. I’m not suggesting you get rid of your car, but use a bike or walk whenever possible. It a healthyBaby Greek Goddess on her bike habit for you and good for the environment.
  • Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use (especially overnight). Also use natural lighting whenever possible; don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light.
  • Sit down with the family and set specific goals to recycle and save energy. It’s often as easy as changing your light bulbs, adjusting the setting on your fridge, or making a routine trip to a nearby recycling bin. Here’s an excellent article about recycling and how to get started: Project Recycling by Amanda Peterson. To quote Amanda, “It’s all about being aware of what you consume and finding ways to minimize the waste left behind”.
  • Go to your local library instead of buying new books.
  • Plant flowers at a local non-profit organization, school or church, remember to contact the organization before you start planting. And, even better, make sure the landscaping is done with native plants. Most are thrilled when someone offers to beautify their grounds. 
  • Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a choice between plastic and paper, opt for paper.
  • Go on a nature hike. Nature hikes are a great way to appreciate the details of our beautiful earth. Pick a park or nearby trail or visit a new place every year on Earth Day.
  • Clean up litter around your neighborhood, at a local park or school. Litter detracts from the beauty of nature and can be dangerous to people and animals.
  • Support your local economy. Shop local and join your local food co-op. For more information on the Prairie Roots Food Co-op, if you’re in the Fargo Moorhead area, visit http://prairie-roots.coop/.
  • Cook a special Earth Day meal using whole, organic and non-processed foods. Invite friends and family over to share a healthy, home-cooked meal.
  • Attend an Earth Day event. Earth Day events are held across the nation, and are full of fun activities for both you and the kids.

Local events in the Fargo Moorhead area:

10th Annual HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization) Bash on April 24th, 2014

  • Event is from 6pm to 930pm
  • At the Ramada Plaza and Suites in Fargo
  • Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door

For more information, visit http://herofargo.org/events/bash/.

Gardens Alive Challenge – runs through the last harvest in October

  • The goal is to grow one million square feet of gardens and fruit trees in the Fargo Moorhead area.
  • To participate all you have to do is plant your crops and log your garden’s status online.
  • The challenge is being put on by the Dakota Medical Foundation and promotes staying active and living a healthy lifestyle.

For more information and to register your garden, visit http://www.fmgardensalive.org/.

Take a #GlobalSelfie for NASA on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2014

  • Get outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on earth. Tell them where you are in a sign, words written in the sand, spelled out with rocks — or by using the printable signs they’ve created that is available at http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/globalselfie/.
  • Then post your photo to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.
  • They’ll be monitoring photos posted to five social media sites: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr.

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/globalselfie/.

My Green Side’s web pick of the week:

The Art of Simple Living

Since early 2008, The Art of Simple Living (formerly Simple Mom) has published stories and practical tips dedicated to Simple Living. The site contains tons of useful tips and inspirational stories to help you stay motivated to find what Simple Living means to you.

Quote from 19th century architect William Morris: “Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: EACH TuesDAY 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 1220PM (CENTRAL) EVERY TUESDAY AT WDAY.COM OR, IF YOU’RE IN NORTH DAKOTA OR WESTERN MINNESOTA, LISTEN ON YOUR RADIO AT AM970 WDAY.

GREEN TIP: Earth Day, April 22nd, is fast approaching. This year find new ways to celebrate Earth Day and include your new green habits all year long.

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, brought together millions of people from all walks of life who were concerned about the environment and they wanted our government to pay attention. The idea was the inspiration of Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin.

“Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.”  ~Gaylord Nelson

For more on the origins of Earth Day, read “Earth Day: How It All Began.”

Some ways you could celebrate Earth Day this year:

  • Plant a tree in your yard. Make it a fun family activity for Earth Day. Not only will it look beautiful in your yard but planting trees help to lower greenhouse gas emissions and they provide a habitat for a variety of other plants Reflectionand animals. Or plant two trees… National Arbor Day is April 27th.
  • Sit down with the family and set specific goals to recycle and save energy. It’s often as easy as changing your light bulbs, adjusting the setting on your fridge, or making a routine trip to a nearby recycling bin. Here’s an excellent article about recycling and how to get started: Project Recycling by Amanda Peterson. To quote Amanda, “It’s all about being aware of what you consume and finding ways to minimize the waste left behind”.
  • Start composting. For more information, read Green Tip – Composting 101. Locally, the City of Fargo has a wonderful compost bin you can purchase at a reasonable cost. For more information call 701-241-1449.
  • Plan a vegetable garden. April is the perfect time to plan your garden. Put pencil to paper and decide what you’d like to grow. Get the whole family involved.
  • Plant flowers at a local non-profit organization, school or church, remember to contact the organization before you start planting. Most are thrilled when someone offers to beautify their grounds.
  • Go on a nature hike. Nature hikes are a great way to appreciate the details of our beautiful earth. Pick a park or nearby trail or visit a new place every year on Earth Day.
  • Clean up litter around your neighborhood, at a local park or school. Litter detracts from the beauty of nature and can be dangerous to people and animals.
  • Cook a special Earth Day meal using whole, organic and non-processed foods. Invite friends and family over to share a healthy, home-cooked meal.
  • Attend an Earth Day event. Earth Day events are held across the nation, and are full of fun activities for both you and the kids.

Local event in the Fargo Moorhead area:

Red River Zoo’s Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 26th.

  • Zoo is open from 10am to 5pm, Party for the Planet activities will run from 11am to 4pm.
  • Tickets available at the door
  • Get FREE Party for the Planet children’s tickets at any F-M Gate City Bank
  • Fun activities and crafts

For more information, visit http://www.redriverzoo.org/.

MATBUS – “Get Your Can on the Bus” from April 21st through April 26th

  • Bring an aluminum can and ride free
  • Drawings for t-shirts will be held at the end of the week

For more information, bus routes and schedules, visit http://www.matbus.com/.

River Keepers – Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop on Monday, April 28th

  • Workshop is from 6pm to 8pm
  • The $84.00 fee includes supplies
  • Workshop sponsored and taught by Cass Soil Conservation District and River Keepers
  • Cass County residents may be eligible for partial reimbursement of tuition. 

Register at Moorhead Community Education: https://communityed.moorhead.k12.mn.us/ or by calling (218) 284-3400. For more information, visit River Keepers Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RiverKeepersFM.

Next week I’ll fill you in on other Earth Day and Earth Week events in our area.

My Green Side’s web pick of the week:

Earth Day Network

Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

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