Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day - Let's Celebrate!

What to do on Earth Day? There's so much, and only one day. Here are some last-minute ideas -- some are for pure enjoyment and some are a small what you can help Mother Earth:
  • Enjoy free admission to the Museum of the City of New York today to enjoy the last day of their exhibition -- Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City. The exhibition explores the future of NYC and its sustainability by 2030.

    The exhibition takes viewers through an imagined day in the life of the city to make the complexities of greater environmental sustainability in New York City vivid, compelling, and understandable, and by bringing environmental concerns to life on an individual, human scale. Organized in terms of the hours of a typical day in the life of a New Yorker—8 a.m., for example, discusses traffic and transportation—the exhibition explores six essential areas addressed by the Bloomberg Administration’s ambitious five-borough plan for sustainability by 2030: water; transportation; energy; open space; land; and climate change. Growing and Greening New York features architectural models, interactive displays, diagrams, renderings, photographs, hands-on examples of new materials, videos, and more, many of which have been created expressly for the exhibition.

  • Start a garden. Whether you have a small plot of land or a window box, you can easily plant herbs, vegetables or flowers.

  • Plant a tree.

  • Freecycle an item you no longer want or need so you save it from the landfill and from cluttering your home.

  • Buy produce from a local farmer. Check out for more info.

  • Switch to online banking and paying your bills online.

  • Change over your light bulbs to CFLs. Okay, this may cost a small amount of money. But in the long run, you'll conserve energy and ultimately save money.
I plan on starting my garden and teaching my kids why recycling is important. What will you be doing today to celebrate Earth Day?

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