Hope everyone celebrated Earth Day in some way this weekend. We should learn to make every day “Earth Day!” Plant a tree, recycle, conserve water and energy, enjoy the outdoors by walking and bicycling instead of driving everywhere, grow your own veggies and herbs. There are so many ways to enjoy our Earth and make sure its resources are here for future generations.
Our community had several ways to celebrate. See some of the ways we marked the weekend here.
I think the best way to demonstrate the beauty around us is in photos. Take a look!
Sometimes pictures say more than words. See the slideshow of photos I took last night to see just how beautiful storms can be. Beautiful, yes, but also treacherous. Irene passed through our area last night, but fortunately stayed a safe distance out to sea. But the waves and surf were still a sight to behold and demonstrated the power and beauty of Mother Nature.
Our thoughts are with all of our neighbors to the north who are now preparing for Irene’s arrival as I write this post. Having lived through the great hurricane season of 2004 that touched many of us along the Atlantic coast as well as inland areas of Central Florida and over to the Gulf, I really feel for everyone from the Carolinas all the way up to New York. It’s going to be a rough ride.
I remember experiencing Charlie in August 2004, just 6 days after my husband and I were married. We cuddled up on the patio to listen to the storm. BOOM! A tree fell on a truck in our driveway and I don’t think we ever ran into the house so fast before or since. Little did we realize that Charlie was just the beginning of what was to be a historical hurricane season. He was soon followed by Frances, Ivan and Jean. After Charlie we boarded up our house and lived with lots of darkness for weeks because the storms just kept coming. The top layer of our wedding cake met its demise during this season. After losing power three times, I finally gave up on trying to salvage it by running to the homes of friends who didn’t lose power and still had a freezer that worked! Yes, 2004 was an interesting year to be sure. Our cake was gone, but we were safe and so was our home.
And who of us can forget watching just a year later as New Orleans was devastated by Katrina.
We’ll never forget 2004. It taught many of us down here in Florida to never take these storms lightly. We send good thoughts to our neighbors to the north waiting for Irene. Always prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Learn about past storms here or visit the National Hurrican Center at NOAA
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.