Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day 2008!

A collage made of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, pictures taken in March 2006

Happy Earth Day 2008! Much will be written about today, 31 years after the first Earth Day celebrated on April 22nd occurred in 1970. It is great to see celebrations growing and more people becoming involved. As people living on this third rock from the Sun (pun intended), we should be concerned about the environment and our planet. With 6,662,855,797 people in the world (based on figures at the U.S. Census Bureau's web site at 1:56 GMT on April 22, 2008), we humans have more effect on the climate and the world than most of the natural disasters that grab media attention from time to time, just by living and the choices that we all make. As parents we should want to that our kids will inherit a home where the can lead happy, healthy lives and aren’t plagued by environmental messes caused by us. Those of us without kids should take a stewardship attitude and remember that we don’t really own the planet by ourselves; we share it with all the other creatures on the planet and future generations of people that don’t have any control over what we do today and tomorrow.

The good news is that with all the bleak headlines in the media, there are still wonderful things being done and there are plenty of things that we can all do to help out. On October 15, 2007 the first Blog Action Day was held, with over 20,000 blog posts written about the environment, reaching an estimated 14 million plus readers and 19 of Technorati’s Top 100 blogs participated. Below you’ll find some of the posts that appeared in conjunction with this event and some other interesting items related to the environment that I have found.

  • GREEN LIVING TOOLBOX: 80+ Green Sites
    from Mashable. This is an amazing collection of links to websites that:
    • Provide carbon footprint calculators and offsets
    • Include some search engines, directories, and guides
    • Allow you to play games focusing on the environment
    • Allow you to join environmentally themed communities
    • Allow you to find environmentally like minded people in networking and dating site
    • Are environmental projects
    • Are for charitable donations
    • Are some blogs based on the environment
    • And are other resources not mentioned above

  • Green” tag at Del.icio.us, to find website tagged by this social bookmarking site.

  • Adopt the Sky is a multimedia site where you can adopt parts of the sky.

Compared to that Earth Day back in 1970, there are way more things that you can do to show your support. So why not have a look at some some of these links and get started.Do you know of any other useful websites or tips that you would like to add? If you have any other comments, I’d love to hear them. If you liked this article, please consider subscribing to the blog via RSS or email, share it on del.icio.us or on Digg and pass it on to anyone that you think might appreciate it. Thank you. :)

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