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by Wendy Gabriel 

Earth Day is fast approaching. Do you know what you’ll be doing to mark Earth Day’s 40th year? How about a trip? I just found out about a really cool contest from a really cool guy name Nathan Winters. If you’re on Twitter run, don’t walk, to sign up for some great prizes including a chance to win a trip for two to the Earth Day Celebration in Washington, DC Saturday, April 24 – Monday, April 26th, 2010. If you’re not on Twitter, wouldn’t it be worth it to sign up? 

Here are the details from Create the Good:  

Tweet for a chance to Win!

Tweet about ways to Go Green for a chance to win a trip for two to the Earth Day Celebration in Washington, DC Saturday, April 24 – Monday, April 26th.  

Grand Prize

The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Earth Day on the National Mall Saturday, April 24th – Monday, April 26th 2010 including:

  • Round trip flights for winner + guest. Flight will arrive in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 24th and return on Monday, April 26th.
  • 2 Night Hotel Stay (1 Room, Double Occupancy).
  • Earth Day gift bag, courtesy of Earth Day Network including:
  • 2 tee shirts & 2 VIP passes to Earth Day events on Sunday, April 25th, 2010.
  • $25 Metro Card

Once confirmed, the winner will be announced publicly on Twitter and createthegood.org. The winner may also be asked to share his/her Earth Day experience (optional) for post sweepstakes promotion.  

How to Enter

  • Follow @createthegood.
  • Tweet to @createthegood. Include to the #gogreen hashtag and use the remaining characters to share inspiring stories about people who are making a positive impact on our environment, or ways to “go green” in 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days.
    • Submit as many tweets as you’d like throughout the sweepstakes period, but only one Sweepstakes entry per Twitter account will be submitted for the random drawing. Retweets are a valid means of entering the sweepstakes, providing that they meet all of the above eligibility criteria.
    • Please note: You cannot send direct messages to @createthegood as a sweepstakes entry. Direct messages will not be counted as valid entry into the sweepstakes.
    • You can find Sample Tweets at Create the Good.
To participate you must comply with the Official Rules. Go to Create the Good for all the information!

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by Wendy Gabriel

For flowers that bloom about our feet;Beautiful blooms
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am a self-professed twitter addict. Through twitter I have met many amazing people; some of them have become really good friends. I’m thankful for their insights and information.

I really wanted to find out some things that people are thankful for this year so I asked the twitterverse:

@alisonkerr: Clean water, good food, open spaces & choices. All of these I hv in Kansas – many in the world live w/out. Im very fortunate. Im thankful.
Alison Kerr is the

@balmeras: Employment & Friends! and chocolate.

@bcrcoffee: To serve others and to contribute to much more relevant 21st Century causes such as human life and the natural world around us.

@CB4wildlife: Thankful for loving support of friends & family, good health, birds & other wildlife whose presence in my garden provides me w/ such cheer.

@CGProgram: Im thankful for my amazing family, good health and the incredible opportunity given to me by 970 WDAY to host a daily talk show my own way.

@DianeMacEachern: I am thankful for my wonderful family & friends; our good health; & our simple lives.

@familyonbikes: I’m thankful that I have this opportunity to bike the world with my children. Family adventure is great!

@greenbungalows: I am thankful that social media allows so many like-minded peeps to learn about the interesting and good work of others!

@GRPreserve: Grateful for not only having a job, but having one that I truly enjoy… also very thankful for my family and friends

@MommyMellie: This year I am most thankful for my family’s good health and my husband’s new job.

@MyGreenSide: Im thankful for my loving husband, my precious little girls, my family and friends! I am blessed! 🙂

@rshreeves: Hmmm.. I am thankful for my family, my friends, a job that I love, and a warm kitchen with good smells coming from it.

@YourWildChild: Thankful for snow, sledding, skiing and playing outside!

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by Wendy Gabriel

Derek Markham is a father, freelance writer, and Twitter addict. He covers Derek Markhamenvironmental and natural parenting topics for a number of green blogs, including Natural Papa, Twilight Earth, Blue Living Ideas, Green Living Ideas, and the Green Options Media network. For the last 10 years, he’s worked in the natural foods industry, most recently as the general manager of a food co-op.

How do you make your day-to-day life a little greener?

I’m a big bicycling advocate and commute by bike as much as possible. I have a trailer for hauling groceries and running errands, and we’ve always tried to live within biking distance of our community. We buy only organically grown food, shop exclusively at our local food co-op and farmer’s market, and have been CSA farm members the last couple of years as well as having our own garden. We use only eco-friendly soaps and cleaners in our house, and love to go thrifting instead of buying new. Our family is also working toward establishing an off-grid homestead, with the hope of establishing an intentional eco-community.

 

You are such a wonderful and prolific writer. What is your favorite green topic to write about?

My favorite topics are probably homebirth and homeschooling, which I don’t write about nearly often enough. I try to balance writing about my favorites with the topics in demand at the blogs I write for. I also enjoy writing about natural foods, seasonal recipes and health topics.

 

I really enjoyed the interview you did for Green Talk Radio’s Green Blogger Series. You explain natural fatherhood in a wonderful way. Could you give us a little overview of what being a natural father means to you?

To me, a natural father is one who makes the effort to instill in his kids a sense of reverence for, and a love of, our natural world, while taking the time to connect with them on a deep level; a dad who balances the needs of making a living with the needs of his family and takes the steps necessary to be present with them, no matter what the sacrifice. I’ve been fortunate to be intimately involved with all of my kid’s births, which is an important part of fatherhood, in my eyes. I also believe that dads can and should play a bigger role in the education of their children.

 

With Father’s Day fast approaching, what would be your perfect eco-friendly Father’s Day gift?

I’d be very happy with a gift basket filled with organic Fair Trade coffee, some organic dark chocolate, and gift certificate for a massage. I am also a big fan of green gadgets and bikes, so perhaps a solar powered battery charger for my LED bike lights would also fit the bill.

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