Thursday, April 22, 2010

Raise your Global Warmer Cocktail Up – It’s Earth Day!

Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is celebrated in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Earth Day Network, a group that wishes to become the coordinator of Earth Day globally, asserts that Earth Day is now observed on April 22 on virtually every country on Earth. World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5 in a different nation every year, is the principal United Nations environmental observance. Many communities also celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of environment-related activities, the first of which occurred in Philadelphia in 1970 (starting April 16 and culminating on Earth Day, April 22.)

There was a great article in the Washington Post on the evolution, history and current status of Earth Day. And footage from the first Earth Day in 1970 (apparently this looks strange in the IE browsers, click to enlarge):

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We are recycling fiends over here at the BougieHousehold. I've actually gone quite anal about it. We recycle all glass, aluminum, plastic, paper and tech equipment. We've switched to the "good" light bulbs, we have reusable totes and I am the water nazi. Seriously, don't come to my house expecting to take an hour long shower… not gonna happen. We upgraded our last "old school" appliances (the washer and the dryer) to energy star machines. I have a jar of old batteries I'm trying to figure out how to environmentally dispose of. I have unplugged stuff that we don't use regularly – the toaster is highly decorative at this point. All of this and I understand, it's still not enough. Well, I can't afford the hybrid car I long for so that will have to wait.

What are you doing in celebration of Earth Day? What "green" measures have you taken to reduce your carbon footprint?

Here's a little Bougie Cocktail for ya. (please drink sensibly)


Reads4Pleasure said...

Oooh, a question I can answer. For now, there is no way to recycle batteries. Battery makers really want to be environmentally correct and are trying to find a way to recycle safely. In the meantime, they'd like to you just throw your batteries away, but not in big bunches. Just a few here and there so that they're evenly distributed in landfills, reducing static charges. And ummm, yeah...I'm such a frigging nerd.

Jason P said...

Where do you find these cocktails? I've tried a few of them and they are lethal!
I recycle... that's it. I definitely need to step my game up.

OneChele said...


OneChele said...

I'm wounded, I search long and hard for Holiday Appropriate Cocktails. They are supposed to be lethal ;-)

Hidi said...

You make me look bad when it comes to recycling and I like recycling but I am going to be honest....I need to step my game up. Certain things are going to be very hard to do....taking long showers... I can't help it. I love water (drinking it and showering in it). As for glass & aluminum, I rarely use them. Paper and plastic, ha ha I use a lot. I am big on recycling paper because I like plants...just nature in general. I do recycle all my plastic...ok ok..well some of it. LOL

I love turning off the lights when not in use; I don't like the florescene light too much. I prefer natural sunlight. Anyway, I am not doing anything to celebrate. I don't know {shrugs shoulders}. I turn on my AC late at night not to conserve energy but not to put more money into the pockets of the greedy light company.


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