Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Earth Day 2009

The brochures are printed, the banner is ready, and the volunteers have been scheduled. Earth Day here we come! And it seems everyone is jumping on the bandwagon this year. Not only have I been invited to host a farmers' market info booth at our regional Earth Day Celebration this weekend, but one of the Earth Day Celebrations on the university campus next week as well. 

For the APLS April Carnival, bloggers were asked to consider wither Earth Day is relevant. I mean, shouldn't every day be Earth Day? But to me, Earth Day isn't about renewing my commitment to the Earth or celebrating her beauty and bounty. That is very much part of my every day life, as it should be. Just like we celebrate a loved ones birth each year, though we continue to share our love for them the year through. Earth Day, in particular though, is about awareness; the bringing together of a community and her resources. 

Earth Day celebrations have informed me about community recycling facilities, energy rebate programs from our local utility company for green home improvements, and has even helped us improve our compost pile. This year, I hope visitors to our farmers' market booth will help people connect healthy food with a healthy Earth, inspiring them to eat locally-produced, sustainably grown foods. 

So I will get out of bed early on Saturday morning and spend the entire day talking to anyone willing to listen; just as I will next Thursday at the campus celebration. Because I believe that awareness is the most powerful tool in making real change possible. And what better opportunity to bring awareness to our community than a celebration of solutions; bringing awareness to the public through education.

So, be sure to attend an Earth Day event near you, learn a little something new, and keep changing your world one day at a time. 

P.S. Those of you who are local, come on out to the Brazos Valley Earth Day Celebration in downtown Bryan from 10AM - 3PM on Saturday. And be sure to stop by the Farmers' Market booth to say "hi!"
For more blog posts on Earth Day, be sure to check out the APLS April Carnival on April 22 (Earth Day, of course)!


sharli said...

I'm going to try to be there if I get back to town soon enough! I'll look for you.

Heather @ SGF said...

Sharli - Cool! Hope to see you there and hope it doesn't rain through the entire thing although we REALLY need the rain...

Beany said...

I'm eagerly looking forward to my earth day celebrations. There is also a bike swap meet close by that I'm hoping to check out. Some people are organizing a Pedal to the Park ride where we can show those earth haters how to get around in an earth friendly way :)

Seriously though...I've been reading that a majority of the people in my neighborhood never walk to their destinations that are the market even though it's totally walkable and bikeable. Everyone drives here.

I have the same thoughts on Earth Day like I do for the Lights out for one night event (can't remember the name), or bike to work day. I think the act is pointless because one day won't change anything, but I'll support it.

Heather @ SGF said...

Beany - I didn't do the lights out thing either just because it was a more personal thing, but Earth day I think can be educational; a way to reach out to people, which is why I chose to do one and not the other. Sounds like yours will be fun.