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Judith Browning
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It's today...I thought I would look on line for something relevant to post here and it all seemed either so commercial or 'historic'.
I was in college in 1970 for the first Earth Day and it just felt groundbreaking....now, it apparently has faded into just another yearly day on the calender.
All of the reasons for the original idea are still here, of course. In the end the 'event' didn't change the world...and maybe played a part in letting so many folks feel like they didn't need to do anything different in their day to day life, just pick up trash along the road or plant a tree once a year
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I know it was almost a non-event here - maybe because it's on a Tuesday? I know several projects that are happening this weekend.
 
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The local elementary school did rotating workshops for the kids.

I was invited to give a talk about bees. First, the teacher showed a powerpoint show.
I brought in a new Warre hive I made and showed all the parts and explained how I was going to use it as a bait hive.

The cool thing is they showed the two Permies youtube videos I suggested, the bee hut & water for bees. The kids were all impressed that Jacqueline didn't get stung by all those bees drinking water.

So, at the very least they've heard the words permaculture, biodynamic, and twice, "if you like this sort of thing, head on out to the forums at permies.com where we talk about homesteading, permaculture, and bees, all the time." I think that's an earthday success.
 
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I am really happy to hear that, CJ
 
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CJ - thank you for talking to kids about bees! That actually sounds like it was a lot of fun.

I know we are doing a water harvesting project at one of the city libraries on Saturday. They have a convex landscape right now (water shedding) and we are going to install water harvesting earthworks (infiltration basins) and plant it out with native plants. We actually got a grant to do this and the employees from FedEx are helping to install it. So city, business and non-profit entities are all working together!

I am really excited about this project because we have tried to get this particular city to pay attention to water harvesting for years and finally we broke through to them. This is not actually in Phoenix proper but in Glendale, another city that is smooshed up against Phoenix on our west side. So this is a huge win for water harvesting in the metro Phoenix area. I will be documenting it (if I can find a ride) and will post some pics.
 
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If the kids only remember one thing, I hope its what I said about dandelions, "don't pull them out & don't poison them. They're an important source of bee food early in the season. And they're pretty, why would you want to pull them out."

Jen, nice work getting city, business and non-profit entities working together. In a perfect world most public project would have that kind of backing.
 
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did anyone do anything special for earth day today ??
 
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Many of us at the elementary school that I taught at would do a lesson about Earth Day. Teaching has largely been co-opted by testing, pre=testing and post-testing analysis. Teachers get written up for teaching science or social studies. The one exception is technology: learning how to operate computers made by large corporations. That is always good.

Now I am a substitute teacher because I couldn't stomach what they were selling as "education", but that means I don't make the lessons, so I don't teach about it.
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I forced invited my roommates to help me plant some starts in our backyard. I think they had fun. I told them they had to fully submerge their hands in the soil for at least 30 seconds and then try to tell me that it didn't make them feel better.

If you can't tell I am kind of controlling. But it works for me. They did enjoy it.
 
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I made some fun printable cards for my blog
 
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oh I love that!
 
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Where I work, I am considered crazy for picking up someone else's water or soda bottles, recycling every last bit of paper, etc. A new employee was reaching for a blank copy paper to write on, so I handed him my used (no longer needed) page, folded it so the outside was for writing and my stuff was on the inside. He smiled! and used it!
I like the talk on bees...I am allergic, and less afraid than as a youth. I have been growing bumble bees, etc by letting plants grow to adulthood. I have been growing lambsquarter 'trees' the last couple years.
I also bring some 'unusual' food to the lunchroom. I had been asked if I was eating a radish last summer, as I was eating it like an apple, and eat sorrel and marjoram rather than salad. You guys gave me an idea, I will have to bring in dandelion with lunch soon. The leaves are just pushing through now in New Hampshire!
Greywater systems are not OK here, but my bucket brigade to the plants is effective and part of my exercise program. I am truly impressed at what you all accomplish. Thank you for your inspiration.
I am on a mission to get others to plant their fruit and veggie seeds from foods they eat, or give them to me and I will. I call it feeding the earth.
Every day is earth day!
 
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Earth Day was celebrated in many ways here in Maine. A neighboring town held a huge parade.

I went to a screening of Planetary ... great movie, skillfully tied together many ideas about the planet, our "story", human awareness, and nature connection. Definitely recommended!



I also overheard a conversation in my local library that went something like this:

Mom: Anything going on for Earth Day?
Librarian: Yes, this afternoon we'll be doing activities with children.
Teenage daughter of mother: What is Earth Day?
Mom: Don't you remember that project we did when we lived in Florida?! We took all those pictures of recycling bins and cans!
Teenage daughter: That was like 14 years ago mom.
Librarian: *slightly sarcastic* Maybe you should attend our Earth Day activities.
*Teenager rolls eyes*

In my book that counts as developing some new awareness!
 
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Our very first permaculture group meeting was today and a success. Though I must admit it wasn't today on purpose. The library room availability determined the day.
 
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There were lots of cleanups here in the last week.

I had my teenager on vacation helping me prepare a new garden bed.

I mean, it's earth day every day at my house. My little village is washing into the Atlantic ocean a lot with every storm. I'm fond of my little home on this planet.
 
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I would normally try to do something extra for earth day but this year the earth and I aren't getting along. Yesterday and today the earth sleeted, snowed and rained on me off and on while I was trying to do work outside that involves metal tools, metal parts and bare hands. I had to break a block of wood free from my trailer tonight because it was frozen down. The wood was for the stove which had to be lit yesterday because of the cold. I know I will get over it but for now the earth and I are giving each other the cold shoulder.....and the earth is winning.
 
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We planted Persimmon, Sea Buckthorn, Black Walnut, and Chinese Chestnut (40 plants in all) from Versaland on our empty city lot after work. Just walked inside at dark, ground some flour for breadsticks to enjoy with our homemade beer.
 
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I was involved in an earth day festival in a town a few hours away where a friend lives. (The festival was actually last Saturday.) We built a demo RMH to educate the people, and showed several town board members who were favorably impressed. The new mayor wants to get the building code amended to formally permit RMHs.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/rocketmassheaters/ (Glenn Herbert shared Green Ossining's event. April 6 at 11:15pm).
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First assembly and burn of this 6" demo system... the barrel side got to 500F and burned clean, while we could hold a hand in the exhaust from the chimney.
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I made a small bamboo fence from waste bamboo around a rowan tree for my son's school. I filled it in with ash and charcoal, from fires that I make with the kids, and woodchip.I also demonstrated a gravity-fed rocket stove. Fun stuff.
 
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So what exactly is earth day supposed to mean? I don't celebrate days for masses of (mostly)molten rock orbiting the sun. Nor do I really do anything for the collection of life that is nature. Anything along the line of thought I assume this day is for, is done for the improvement of my own and others lives close to me... Maybe a few animals I happen to be fond of too. And honestly, I don't need a day for that. It's done every day.
 
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Erica Daly wrote:Where I work, I am considered crazy for picking up someone else's water or soda bottles, recycling every last bit of paper, etc. A new employee was reaching for a blank copy paper to write on, so I handed him my used (no longer needed) page, folded it so the outside was for writing and my stuff was on the inside. He smiled! and used it!
I like the talk on bees...I am allergic, and less afraid than as a youth. I have been growing bumble bees, etc by letting plants grow to adulthood. I have been growing lambsquarter 'trees' the last couple years.
I also bring some 'unusual' food to the lunchroom. I had been asked if I was eating a radish last summer, as I was eating it like an apple, and eat sorrel and marjoram rather than salad. You guys gave me an idea, I will have to bring in dandelion with lunch soon. The leaves are just pushing through now in New Hampshire!
Greywater systems are not OK here, but my bucket brigade to the plants is effective and part of my exercise program. I am truly impressed at what you all accomplish. Thank you for your inspiration.
I am on a mission to get others to plant their fruit and veggie seeds from foods they eat, or give them to me and I will. I call it feeding the earth.
Every day is earth day!


What a great example, Erica! It reminds me of when I was working at a corporate job and I brought in one of those boxes of organic soup - I think it was squash soup - with some fresh nettles I'd picked. For anyone at the office who wanted to try some, we'd microwave a mug of the soup with a handful of nettles tossed in. I had some enthusiastic co-workers who said they'd always wanted to try nettles and loved it!

I love how you're leading by your examples and encouraging an office culture to shift to something more sustainable. Way cool!
 
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Every day is earth day for me, too. I rode my bike with its one wheel BOB trailer to town, working on our project to create consumer guides to pesticides. This Garden Green project encourages people to move to more green solutions to their lawn and garden problems, and to raise awareness of the toxicity of the worst of the pesticides on the shelves at the hardware stores and nurseries. Here is a 4 minute video about it: https://youtu.be/b7I_GKgNaUE
 
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What a cool video and educational card, Diane! I think a lot of folks want alternatives, they just need simple, easy information and ideas. You've done that!

 
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I went to a Sea Shepherd beach cleanup in the Chesapeake Bay.. it was cool to help out and clean up, but also sad to see how trashed it is.. Plastic is a horrible thing..
 
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I remember when it did mean something. We started the first paper recycling at our school the year it started.
We'd collect newpapers from the entire neighborhood and take them to school by bicycle towed trailer...
We all rode bikes everywhere and for a while my family didn't even own a car - when I got my license there was no car to drive. hah.

This year I moved the chicken pasture fence to new grass. Spread some Cascadia organic fertilizer as per Steve Solomon
on their old torn up stomping grounds and seeded it with parsley, chamomile, scarlet clover and various flowers -
including sunflowers, nasturtiums, and a whole bunch of others...

That felt like a good chore on a beautiful sunny but cool and windy day. Today it rained and watered it all in.

Didn't solve any bigger problems, but the girls are happy. I'm helping support the Benton County local ordinance, even though it's not my county - (wish it was) - and I'll abstain from any car travel until the weekend trip to town. That's a pretty good contribution for the week of earth day, I guess.
 
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Earth Day 2
http://www.getg.com/
Since I was so excited and forgot to celebrate... Here's something awesome most everyone will be interested in. Green Earth Technologies has quietly been producing "oil" for years using beef tallow. Yes, oil so good for the environment that it can be dumped right on the ground and be harmless. It has been relatively slow to take off, despite their truly great advances in this field of environmentally friendly oil-alternative products. I believe they still have Toyota's G-Oil Racing Team using this oil and winning races in Nascar... not that I ever watch, but it does tell you how good this is. I'm not telling anyone to buy, or not to buy stock in GETG... I bought years ago and made, and lost, money... I think it's about 8 cents a share now. What I am suggesting is, despite it's price, it works very well, does not negatively harm the environment, and is so earth-friendly it makes me cry tears of joy. Can we keep it going until it finally gets widely accepted in the mostly Petrol based economy...? I don't know, but it's worth a try. Now, they make all kinds of products and the website is worth a look. They have made a lot of progress, and I'm sure, spent tons of profits just trying to get going. It's amazing any product that's good for you ever gets off the ground. I hope they do. They have been involved in tons of oil-spill clean-up projects and so on... Go spend a minute and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. http://www.getg.com/
 
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I am for it but my vegan daughter might not drive my vehicle if it had beef oil in it....... That might be a good thing.
 
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Wyatt Barnes wrote:I am for it but my vegan daughter might not drive my vehicle if it had beef oil in it....... That might be a good thing.


Good one, LOL.
That kind of makes me wonder where all this beef tallow is going, if we don't think of something creative to do with it? Landfills? Candles? Burgers?
 
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