tomorrow’s earth day

(If the sun hugged a tree you could kiss that tree goodbye… sizzle sizzle. Ok, maybe I’m being too literal.)

Yeah, big deal, tomorrow’s Earth Day. I kind of agree with the sentiment expressed by environmental mag Grist: “Screw Earth Day.” By now we should all be doing our part, or at least trying to take small steps daily toward cultivating a healthier planet (and selves). I guess it’s easy for me to have this attitude since I’m one of those people who’s trying her darndest to lighten her impact on the planet. But there are plenty of people and policies that haven’t been infected by the green bug that’s been sweeping the nation over the last few years. It’s really for them that we still need Earth Day.

Not sure how to honor Earth Day #39? Here are a few ideas:

get outside!
Been cooped up inside so long you’ve forgotten how? Listen to the Nature Conservancy’s urging to Spring Outside! and learn about ways to find nature near you.


bid on Leo’s stuff
Leonardo DiCaprio is auctioning off some of his goods, and his time, on eBay to benefit Global Green USA.

Global Green USA is greening America’s schools, affordable housing, and cities to combat global warming, lower energy bills, and create green jobs. Global Green is the US affiliate of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Green Cross International, and is leading the green rebuilding of New Orleans.

volunteer
A few great ways to do so, via Grist (with a few edits):


get on the bus – to Albany

Join the Audubon Society of NY for a big environmental lobbying event, Tuesday, May 5th from 9:30am to 4pm.

Earth Day Lobby Day is New York’s largest annual environmental event, bringing together people from all over New York to hear from government and environment leaders, learn about current legislation, and lobby elected officials on environmental issues that are important to you. We’ll be focusing on global warming, e-waste recycling, wetlands protection, and SEQRA standing (aka the “environmental access to justice act”).

The all-day event is free and open to all, but you must pre-register by Friday, May 1st.

Please put “Audubon New York” in the organization line when filling out the form. We will send out directions and more detailed information to all registrants in advance of the event. Sign up for Earth Day Lobby Day today by clicking here!

clean out the closets and recycle your e-waste
Two events in NYC are coming up –

Sunday, April 26th, 10AM – 4PM, Central Park, Manhattan
W 67th Street and Central Park West

Saturday, May 2nd, 10AM – 4PM, at Tekserve, Manhattan
119 W 23rd Street (btwn 6th and 7th Aves)

Not in NYC, not to worry. Check out Earth 911 for electronics recycling in your area.

support local recycling efforts (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
The Park Slope 5th Avenue BID has partnered with the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce to launch a new recycling campaign. Green Grows in Brooklyn, will take place from April 20th-April 22nd — right in time for Earth Day. For more info on this initiative, check out Green Brooklyn.

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