Posts Tagged ‘Earth Day’

Greenpeace for a cleaner Earth

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Greenpeace International is a great non-profit, direct-action, environmental organization that you should really know about. I wanted to share a video they created for Earth Day because it is beautiful, surreal, and captures just what Earth Day is all about and how we can help. You can view other videos from Greenpeace International on their YouTube channel (they have some very cool videos).

Click image to view video on YouTube

Don’t forget, you have through this Friday, April 27 at 3:00pm EST to enter our Green Gear Giveaway! For details on how to enter, please visit Hot On The Trail… may the odds be ever in your favor!

Earth Day Green Gear Giveaway

Friday, April 20th, 2012

In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day 2012, Wilderness Press is launching an awesome giveaway to our fans with the help of these generous, eco-friendly sponsors: Mountainsmith, Enviro Products, Solio, Kentucky Royalty, and kigo footwear. The contest runs from TODAY through FRIDAY, APRIL 27.
Check out all the information about the giveaway including details on the prizes and entry guidelines over at Hot On The Trail.

In addition to the giveaway, Wilderness Press and Menasha Ridge Press will be offering a 30% discount on all of their books and maps online through next Friday, April 27. Pick up those guidebooks for your summer adventures!

Best of luck, and remember to stay GREEN!

Earth-saving superhuman superpowers

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Not all of us have special superpowers to save Mother Nature from the forces of evil (I’m looking at you, Captain Planet). But we still hold a strong affinity to Her majesty. So the questions is–how does one do their due diligence for the environment, getting on the good side of eco-Karma? Well, you’re in luck. Here are a few sustainable ways to improve the environment for Earth Day 2012.  Note: Can we please try to make this last longer than Kony 2012? Just saying…

1) Recycle Old Electronics. Tired of that old cell phone collecting dust? What’s that? It’s a collector’s item, and you’re waiting for the right time to put it on eBay? Please stop the nonsense before you end up on a re-run of Hoarders. Thankfully, most electronic stores and organizations offer a recycling service to make your life a little easier. For example, by simply recycling old electronics, you can provide a reusable cell phone for a soldier to communicate with his or her family while overseas.

2) Get Dirty. No, Christina Aguilera, this isn’t the extreme makeover I had in mind. I was thinking more along the lines of a pair of gloves and a shovel.  Here’s a link from the Chicago Tribune, detailing the proper tree planting technique.  Relatively simple activities that may require some labor offer great results for future generations to enjoy.  Don’t judge me, I still cry like a baby every time I read The Giving Tree.

2 ½) Reading Break. Organize a Choreographed Song and Dance.  Warning: Song may compel viewer to press the “Replay” button on YouTube after watching.

3) Walk It Out. Instead of driving your Hummer H3 two minutes to work and back home, why not try a more eco-friendly solution?  Walking or biking.  Hey, all the cool celebs are doing it, right Shia LaBeouf?  Not only does one reduce their carbon emission by walking or biking, but it’s simply healthy for you.  And honestly, with Tax Day here, you just may wake up to see another day by not driving.

Thank God for beef... am I right?

I hope you take these suggestions to heart.  Feel free to let me know how you contribute to the environment.  I’m open to new ideas as well and would encourage any feedback.  Thanks for reading.  Stay green, San Diego.

 

Prepare!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

What are YOU doing to participate in and/or celebrate 2012 Earth Day?
We want to know!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Everyday is Earth Day

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011 – this is what we have designated as Earth Day this year.  BUT, we should all try and live greener every single day of the year!  Change out your light bulbs for energy efficient ones, walk or bike instead of driving, shop local, eat less meat… these are just a few simple ways to start.

To participate in an Earth Day event this year, please visit Billion Acts of Green, a part of the Earth Day Network.

And remember, it doesn’t have to be Earth Day for you to help save our planet!
Spread the word, tell your friends.  You are the answer.
#green2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

You can vaguely see the Licking River through all that green.  That’s my backyard!  It’s an amazing place, the backyard.  Unfortunately, I am a renter and do not own this property, or the grass in the backyard would not look like it does now.  The landlord is not a loving guy towards the green spaces around our house.

I cannot wait to own a home for the mere fact that I really want a beautiful yard and a garden!  I have never been good with plants, but I am now successfully keeping three different plants alive.  Two of them are in the picture above, one at my office.  This success is making me dangerously curious in gardening.  I so badly want to have a garden where I can grow my own herbs, veggies, tomatoes, and flowers.  Growing your own vegetables and such can save you tons of money and keep you safe from pesticides and other harmful chemicals!

One day, right?  I’m hoping that Park + Vine will continue to hold educational classes, including gardening, until I buy a house.

I hope everyone, everywhere had a great Earth Day yesterday!  It was exciting here at work, for sure.  We picked a winner for our THINK GREEN 2010 Campaign Contest, congrats @Flightwoman!  Her glorious prize-pack was shipped out today.  If I could, I would have delivered it myself on my bicycle, but she simply lived far, far away from me.

Just because our contest is over does not mean that I’m going to stop blogging about all things green, so keep visiting us for more stories and tips!

Sucking the Life Out of Planet Earth (nooo!)

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

I began practicing many energy saving tips long ago when I started paying my own bills.  I still practice them today, with a smile on my face from saving money and a warm feeling in my heart from doing my part to save the planet.  Now that the corny part of my post is over, here are a few things that I do to keep my bills down and my carbon footprint tiny:

  • Unplug anything, and I mean anything, that you aren’t using regularly.  I leave the refrigerator plugged in 24/7, for obvious reasons.  Everything else in my house I have hooked up to surge pads, so when I leave in the morning I turn the surge pads off and then unplug them.  It really makes a big difference!
  • If you have a dishwasher, don’t run it unless it’s jam-packed full!  Otherwise, you’re wasting not only energy but water, too.
  • Put a couple open containers (large capacity) of chilled water in your freezer.  This keeps the energy used to keep things frozen down!  Magic.
  • Use reusable bags when you go shopping!  Not only at the grocery store but shopping anywhere.
  • Shop local!  I do the majority of my grocery shopping at our local farmers’ market (Findlay Market) and get the few remaining items from the grocery store.  And buy organic!
  • Honestly, the best thing you could do for yourself and everyone else would be to switch out your lightbulbs for Energy Star efficient lightbulbs.  Amazing.
  • Try and use ceiling fans or box fans instead of running your central A/C.  This doesn’t fly with everyone, but if you can try and get by without the A/C, it’s really worth it.
  • In the winter, invest in some thick window curtains to keep out drafts.  You can also go around your house with a caulk gun to make sure everything’s sealed so your furnace’s energy isn’t flying right out the window!
  • RECYCLE RECYCLE RECYCLE!  I won’t go into much detail, but I recycle tissues even.  They’re paper!  Contact your local Waste Management office to see what is recyclable in your area.

If everyone made these very small and simple changes, I honestly believe we’d see an overall improvement here on our Planet Earth.  Otherwise, we’re just all sucking the life right out of her!

TOMORROW IS EARTH DAY!  We will be drawing our GREEN PRIZE PACK winner at 3pm EST, so act now, participate, and enter to win the totally green prize.

The Importance of Physical Activity

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

AND getting outside – go green!

Getting outside and getting physical, whether it’s just taking a stroll through the woods or scaling a mountain wall, is one of the most important things you could do to keep yourself healthy!  Check out all the great benefits of staying active, according to the CDC.

I know this is information that just about everyone is familiar with, but still, with the shape America’s in, we could all use a little reminder every now and then.

About six months ago I did something healthy for myself and began walking to work.  It was great through winter, at some points we had over a foot of snow, I just trudged my way down the sidewalks in my snow boots.  Let me tell you, there’s nothing like being the only person out early on a snowy morning… so quiet and peaceful.  When it gets unbearably hot this summer, I’ll start riding my brand new Tonino Lamborghini Rapido bicycle to the office (not bragging or anything).

I also joined a local gym and regularly attend Pilates and Yoga classes.  I have been sleeping better, eating better, and all together feeling incredibly better.

To go green, however, I’m riding my bike to some local hiking trails over the weekends.  I’m lucky enough to work at a book publishing company whose biggest selling books are some incredible hiking guides.  You should check them out, there’s one for almost every big city in the country!  www.keencommunication.com

Tonight we are hosting an event with the Tri-State Hiking Club at a local pub.  Tammy York, author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati will be the featured author and will sign her book for what we hope to be TONS of interested outdoorsy folks!

THERE ARE ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT EARTH DAY AND OUR #green2010 CAMPAIGN!  Check out Think Green 2010 for more information, but don’t waste any time!


Our Part in Making Earth Day Known

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

As you may or may not know, Earth Day is coming up quickly (April 22 to be exact).  Every year we use Earth Day as a reminder of just how precious our Earth and its resources are.  It is our responsibility to do our share to protect it, so let’s celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by making this one count!  We will be blogging about all things green and ways that you can help cut down your carbon footprint this Earth Day, and everyday!

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