Friday, May 3, 2013
Here are some family activities you can do to foster environmentalism. Sponsored by Sony.
Very few events are celebrated around the globe, but Earth Day is. This year, it’s come and gone. But we’re here to ask: What can we do to show our love of the earth on that day, and every day? On May 31st, Sony will release After Earth, an action-packed movie that takes place 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave. It’s the kind of scenario that makes you want to donate to Greenpeace, recycle everything, and start biking every where, immediately. So, in honor of Earth Day, Patch has teamed up with Sony to present these ideas for making every day Earth Day. How can we make every day Earth Day? Begin with little things. Easy things. Obvious things. Things we take for granted each day, and use and/or abuse because of…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
April 22, 2013 is the 43rd Earth Day. Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, here’s some stunning stats about how energy use and the environment in America.
In recognition of the 43rd Earth Day (April 22, 2013) and accompanying Earth Week (April 16-22), the U.S. Census Bureau released a series of statistics relating to energy and the environment on Tuesday. We've collected them and have them below. Fun fact: Earth Day was created by Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 after the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill that dumped 100,000 barrels of crude into the Santa Barbara Channel off of California. The first Earth Day in 1970 led to the creation of the EPA and laws like the Clean Air and Endangered Species acts, and the day of recognition is still going strong. Here's that data: Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by wood in 2011, which is more than 2.0 percent …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Eye-opening statistics that will make you think twice before heading for the garbage can.
Earth Day was celebrated for the first time on April 22, 1970. In that inaugural year, 20 million people participated in the United States. Today, it is projected that more then 1 billion people in 180 countries will celebrate Earth Day.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Over two weekends, volunteers cleaned basins in two subdivisions and removed litter from the side of Route 30.
With Earth Day on the horizon, west side residents of Montgomery organized a pair of cleanup events over the past two weekends. On Saturday, April 9, 23 residents of Foxmoor and Fairfield Way collected 24 bags of litter from the basins in their subdivisions, according to event organizer Stan Bond. It’s the fifth time Foxmoor residents have pitched in to clean up those basins, Bond said, and the first time the event included Fairfield Way as well. "Twenty-four bags of trash is a lot of litter to pull from these shorelines, and it reflects a problem the Village of Montgomery needs to address,” said Bond, a newly-elected village trustee. "I think much of this litter is windblown from ineffective garbage and recycling containers. We need …
Students in Melissa Hinshaw's class picked up trash around Long Beach Elementary School as part of a week-long lesson on environmentalism.
Fourth-grader Ethan Summers of Oswego darted across the grass behind the baseball diamond. He had his eye on something shiny on the ground. After picking it up with rubber-gloved hands, he realized what it was—a bite-size candy bar, still in its wrapper. He excitedly bounded over to where his teacher, Melissa Hinshaw, was standing, an enormous garbage bag spread open between her hands. Summers deposited the candy bar into the bag, and then headed back to join his classmates, looking for more trash. Summers and his fellow fourth-graders spent more than half an hour outside on Wednesday afternoon, cleaning up the grounds of Long Beach Elementary School. It was the culmination of a week spent learning about the history and meaning of Earth …
Friday, April 15, 2011
Here are some ways to help the environment locally, and see a real difference before your eyes.
So Earth Day is next Friday. Not sure why the earth gets a day. I mean, what’s it ever done for us? Apart from giving us a place to live, and water to drink, and grain to eat, and air to breathe, and making sure we don’t all go flinging off into space at any given moment. But apart from that, you know, what’s the big deal? Okay, okay, I’m joking. In fact, I’m not sure why we need a day to remind us that taking care of our planet is important. I need reminding myself pretty often—I recycle everything I can, but I don’t reuse shopping bags when I know I should, and I have no idea what my carbon footprint is. But I know it’s important. I think part of the issue I have is that “Earth Day” sounds so massive, as if the problems facing the planet…
A special Friday musing from Jeff Long, public relations manager for the Fox Valley Park District.
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- Jeff Long
Friday, April 15, 2011
Earth Day has been on the calendar and our conscience since 1970, but in truth, it’s more than just a once-a-year reminder. Awareness is an everyday commitment, and as a fellow inhabitant of this planet, you’ve likely been advised that Earth Day is more than a special day – it’s a year-round, 24/7 mindset. Imparting that notion upon today’s children is paramount, for they will be the ones who most feel the effects in an ever-changing world of global warming, deforestation, species extinction and resource depletion. Earth Day will be honored on April 22—Good Friday—but the Red Oak Nature Center is starting early, with a celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. It’s an afternoon set aside primarily for the kids, with fun and …