Monthly Archives: April 2011

Christine Speno: Ways to celebrate Earth Day |

Christine Speno: Ways to celebrate Earth Day |

You will find my latest column for The St. Augustine Record at this link.

Thank for Reading!!


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Communicate with the Earth – It’s the only one we have, show her you appreciate her wonders!

April 22 is Earth Day.

How do you communicate with the world around you?

Are you doing all that you can to preserve our Earth for future generations?

Well here are some ideas to help you celebrate Earth Day year round:

  • Plant a tree.  Better yet plant a small vegetable garden so you can eat the fruits of your labor.  Even if you live in an apartment or a condo or just don’t have a lot of time to garden, you can still try to have at least one or two pots on your patio or deck area to hold some herbs, a tomato or pepper plant.  There are even varieties of  baby vegetables that have grown quite popular and are well-suited to container gardening.    Check out your local local extension office for help too. The USDA operates a Cooperative Extension System throughout the U.S.  This is a non-credit educational network.  According to the USDA site: “Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes.”  In my home state of Florida, we have a network of extension offices backed by the research of the University of Florida.   If you are reading from outside the United States, there are sure to be lots of resources for you to learn about what works in your region.
  • Replace your incandescent light bulbs with the new energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.  They are available everywhere now.  Although a little more expensive, they burn so much cooler and last longer so save you dollars in the long run while helping the environment.
  • How about giving up some of those plastic bottles?  Try to at least cut down a little on the plastic bottles you use.  You’ve all heard the statistics about how many miles of plastic bottles we Americans use each year and where they end up – in our landfills or littering our beaches and parks.  If each of us just cut back a little, it will make a huge difference.  Learn more at Earth 911
  • Speaking of water, see my post in my October archive on this blog .  We can conserve water in many simple ways.
  • Get involved in community activities that help to promote a greener world for all of us – especially our future generations.  If you live near a beach, think about joining a beach clean-up.   Many local communities are stepping up to the plate and encouraging citizens to get involved in keeping their parks, beaches and communities cleaner.

Start teaching these valuable ways to respect our world to your children so that we can continue to  preserve our Earth and all its beauty for all future generations to enjoy.

Let’s all remember

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, but rather we borrow it from our children.” 

This Earth is truly in our hands, let’s all do our part to keep it beautiful.


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2010-2011 Right Whale Results « Ocean Publishing’s Blog

Southern right whale (Peninsula Valdés, Patago...

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Be sure to catch the update on the “Right Whale” as well as a little background on how they got their name.  These amazing creatures visit the northeast Florida/southeast Georgia coast each winter.   Ocean Publishing does a great job of keeping us all in the loop through their blog and their  many publications.  Be sure to check out Frank’s Whales written by Ocean Publishing owner, Frank Gromling.

To visit’s Gromling’s update, click on the title above or the link below.  Also check out my past post here.


2010-2011 Right Whale Results « Ocean Publishing’s Blog.

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Speno: Flagler Beach Relay is this month |

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The Relay for Life is an international effort to raise money for cancer research.  This month the Flagler Beach Relay for Life takes place on April 15 and 16.

Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 19 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life.

Read my latest from The St. Augustine  Record to learn more about getting involved in this year’s event and to learn more about upcoming events in our community.   Click on the title above or the link below to view.  Thanks for reading!!

Speno: Flagler Beach Relay is this month |


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