Saturday, April 19, 2014

Going Green for Earth Month

Hello Friends of the Earth!

I hope you have been enjoying Earth Month and finding fun activities that keep our planet clean and green. 

This month we're celebrating our Mother Earth, sharing ways to ensure the future of her health and promoting Nature Literacy. We've been having a great time!

And, we aren't the only ones having fun! Today, I'd like to introduce you to some friends that are committed to growing a healthy and green planet.

Let's start with healthy food for a healthy planet. Healthy food makes healthy bodies and we need healthy bodies to be good stewards of the earth. Graceonline starts her healthy journey by buying fresh foods and foods in bulk. She's not only reduced the paper and plastic garbage from her lifestyle, she's reduced packaged foods from her meals. Eating healthy isn't time-consuming, Graceonline has a great idea for a quick and easy meal.

One way to eat a healthier diet is to grow our own food. Grammieo knows that we don't have to spend a lot of time or have a lot of space to grow a garden. If you don't know much about gardening, Grammieo will get you started with her Basic Information for Newbie Gardeners.

It's easy being green, as RenaissanceWoman2010 shows us. Being green is a part of her everyday life. She's all about living off the grid and being self-sufficient. She shows us that we can stretch our garden growing season with her recommendations of Greenhouses To Build that are inexpensive and efficient.

Being green is also fun. MissMerFaery finds all kinds of ways to recycle everyday items into fun crafting projects for her and her children. Kids and adults will love to set sail on a sea of dreams with her tutorial on How to Make a Bottle Boat.

April 25th is Arbor Day, a day that celebrates Mother Earth's greatest recyclers, the trees. Trees recycle the air and the water. I love trees and being in the forest. But, I love living in the city. My town allows me to have my city living and enjoy my trees, too! The photo above is the street view from my new home. We are blocks from downtown and we are surrounded by trees. Urban forestry works in our town because homeowners take care to Plant the Right Tree the Right Way.

How are you spending your Earth Month?

Until next time, be safe and be well.

Coletta

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for introducing us to more of Squidoo's best contributors. As always, we need more ways to help reduce our own earth footprint and these are some great ones.

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I am so happy to see all of these "green" contributors! These are all dedicated writers that are serious about making the world a better place.

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  2. What a terrific collection of 'green' ideas for Earth Month.... and every month. And I love seeing all the trees in your new neighborhood. I've moved frequently over the years and always, when looking for a new home, having mature trees in the yard was an important feature.

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    1. Thank you, Elf! The trees are one of the reasons I decided to make this city my home. The main street of town has as many trees as my neighborhood. It feels good to live in a city that makes trees a priority.

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  3. I never thought I'd say it, but I do miss living in the big city of Columbus, Ohio that I left behind when moving to rural Florida in the Panhandle! However, I am enjoying nature and its greenery here by the sea and surrounded by forest. I plan to do a bit of container gardening on deck this year, and of course, plant my yearly sunflowers. My Arbor Day tree will be a native Wisteria.

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    1. I'm with you Ruthi! I love Florida and all of its nature. We only have to travel a mile or so out of the city limits to get to several forests and wildlife management areas. Enjoy your sunflowers!

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  4. My hometown has a Hazardous Waste Day where residents can take items to be recycled. For example, one can take old TVs, paint, oil and other such items that cannot be handled by the weekly recycle truck that comes to the home. I am gathering up old cans of spray paint and wires to take.

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    1. That's cool! I've been finding several days that are set aside to collect a specific type of waste, such as the Hazardous Waste Day in your community. These days are an awesome opportunity to clean out the closets and the garage.

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  5. Thanks for a great post introducing us to contributors who share the value of a Green Planet. I look forward to visiting their lenses.

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  6. Wonderful post - great to see the green contributors highlighted here (and thank you for including me!) - there is so much we can do to help the planet, and most of the time it makes life more special, healthy and precious for us too!

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    1. And thank you, MissMerFaery, for using recycled materials in your kid crafting projects. It's wonderful to see kids learning to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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