Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day 2010


Emerging Oak Leaves April 13, 2010

I was thinking back about the first Earth Day in 1970. In college, I attended many of the organizer meetings. We had "teach-ins" and lots of great activities--not too much different than today's events. Our main topics were air and water pollution, overpopulation, roadside litter, and conservation of plant and animals. The "greenhouse effect" was talked about also although the terms climate change and global warming were not used. Great progress was made during the 70s under an unlikely president--Nixon (Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, etc.). I have been involved in environmental issues since then.

Forty years later (can't believe it) and many challenges to our environment remain. However, I am hopeful that young people are enthusiastic about keeping planet Earth as a sustaining habitat for humans, plants and animals.

I got an email from Catalog Choice today. I had joined them three years ago to cut down on the number of catalogs I receive in the mail. It worked--I noticed I haven't gotten catalogs from those I entered. It works best if you have the catalog right there to give them the specifics. Check it out--it's free and easy. And, there are even coupons to download from some of the participating companies. Might save a few trees!

11 comments:

  1. Good idea on the catalogs. I love to shop from a select few, but you know how it is - you get on the list and then you are getting catalogs for... tires, and tools, and all sorts of stuff you don't buy. I'll delete a few. thanks.

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  2. Catalog Choice sounds like a good idea.
    We got a lovely little brass "No junk mail" sign for over the letter box, and it works too! Except for politicians - they seem to think their leaflets are not junk mail!
    Every little helps.

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  3. webb--I love to order online and via catalog so I end up getting too many. So, that's why the Catalog Choice was helpful to me. We were getting 2-3 catalogs a day! Now, it's probably 1-2 a week--still too many when you can get the info online. I made another resolution to cut down on that as I get them in the mail.

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  4. Mimi--I'd be afraid I'd miss some bills and the postal worker would decide what's junk mail. I recommend Catalog Choice to stop the catalogs at their source. Before that, I used to send a note back in their postage-paid envelope but it often didn't work.

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  5. It hardly seems like 40 years! So much has changed and then not so much! Thanks for your visit!

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  6. Perfect photo for your post!

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  7. wow forty years? We try not to have any catalogs or magazines..can read most things online these days..

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  8. Are u on blogger vacation?

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  9. dAwN--not exactly on blogger vacation but trying to get some naturalist and writing work done. I am way behind on posting some photos. I will try to do that today or tomorrow.

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