April 18th, 2011

B Kind 2 Earth Day

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The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.  Fast forward 41 years and the celebration continues on Friday, April 22, 2011–just a few days away.  Nickelodeon, The Motherhood and The Natural Wildlife Federation have launched a pretty cool initiative this year: Be Kind 2 Earth Day.

Hopefully all of us can be a part of this national project- all you have to do is “like” B Kind 2 Earth Day on Facebook and by doing so you are pledging to do one nice thing for the Earth on April 22nd. No worries if you don’t have a Facebook account-you can still do something good for mother earth.

I think we can all commit to at least one green act of kindness towards the earth, no matter how big or small.earth day

The possibilities are infinite: go for a bike ride,  pick up garbage on the sidewalk, plant a garden, get a group of friends together and clean up a playground or park, take a walk, make a bird feeder.

This year I am pledging to keep my reusable bags in the front seat of my car so I actually remember them.  I am also going to refuse plastic straws at restaurants as part of  an initiative by Beth Terry over at My Plastic Free Life to get restaurants to stop automatically handing out plastic straws.

B Kind 2 Earth Day is keeping track of where all this kindness is happening-just add in your state and it will be included in the tally.  I am a state leader for Massachusetts, helping to spread the word about this wonderful project.

So this Friday, and every day, try to get outside and appreciate our planet. Just think-if everyone showed one act of kindness towards the earth the impact would be huge. Let’s take it one step beyond Earth Day and keep it going year round so our planet will be here for generations to come.

How are you celebrating Earth Day this year?

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24 Responses to “B Kind 2 Earth Day”

  1. It is very necessary for all of us to mark this day important and start with one eco-friendly activity atleast for a better future.

  2. This is such a great initiative. If everyone committed to doing just one positive thing for the environment. The collective effort would make a difference for our planet.
    Great idea…. Thanks.

  3. I can relate to your post and linked my post to yours today, as I talk about the satisfaction of enough. Sonia.

  4. Thanks for blogging about the Plastic Straws campaign! Just to let people know — if they write a letter to a restaurant, they will get a free Glass Dharma reusable straw — up to 5 straws for writing to up to 5 restaurants.

    I’ll head over to Facebook and “Like” Be Kind 2 Earth Day and also post this article.

  5. So true Sharon. Just think of the possibilities if we all participate in such a simple thing.

  6. It really is a great initiative Roger. Thanks for your comment. Anything special you are planning to do to celebrate Earth Day?

  7. Sonia-thanks so much for the linky love. Your post is great. I really like the way you define the difference between a want and a need. This ties in nicely to Earth Day-really evaluating something before purchasing and determining if it is something you really need.

  8. Thanks Beth. The Plastic Straws campaign is such a great idea-and so simple for everyone to join in. I like the suggestion to write to your favorite restaurants to ask them to stop handing out straws. A free glass, reusable straw is a great incentive-count me in! Thanks for sharing the article and “liking” B Kind to Earth Day on Facebook.

  9. What a great program. I’ve never even heard of it before. I need to think a bit before committing myself to something — maybe being active in local environmental groups or going to the farmer’s market every week — there’s so much more I could be doing!

  10. It really is a great initiative Jennifer. I like that you are taking the time to decide what will really make a difference. There are so many incredible opportunities out there. Let me know what you decide.

  11. thanks for the head’s up. hope to spread the word!

  12. Lori,

    Thanks for alerting us to this initiative. I’m all for it! I’ve gotten pretty good about taking my cloth shopping bag and plastic bags to the store and I grow many of our vegetables. So I’ll have to think of another idea for Earth Day. I hope millions of people participate.

  13. Thanks for letting us know about this. I have been thinking for a while now on what I would like my Earth Day 2011 “resolution” to be. Need a little more time, but I did recently get involved with a group in town who cleans up different areas of town each Saturday morning. Maybe I’ll commit to helping out on a regular basis.

  14. I plan on getting up close and personal with the earth on Earth Day: I’m helping with ground-breaking work in a backyard! Another homeowner has signed on with Young Urban Farmers CSA to let us grow veggies in her garden to give to the CSA shareholders. We’re going to spend the day preparing beds. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather! :)

  15. Great ideas, Lori! I’ll be sure to pick up garbage and take my reusables with me. Unfortunately I still have to go to work! Grrr Or else I would love to be out in the sun.

  16. Thanks for spreading the word!

  17. Great job remembering your reusable shopping bags Sandra. I am getting better-but certainly not perfect. What vegetables do you grow? I am envious that you have a garden that actually produces a lot of vegetables. Let me know what you come up with for this Earth Day. The word is spreading-so hopefully many will be sharing acts of kindness towards the earth.

  18. Kristina-what a great way to acknowledge Earth Day every week! How wonderful that your town has a group of people committed to keeping their space clean on a weekly basis. That’s also a nice way to get children involved. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Another great idea for Earth Day! This is such an amazing use of the CSA concept. Good luck-my fingers are crossed for a sunny, beautiful day.

  20. Hopefully the sun will still be shining when you are all finished for the day Lynn! Thanks for doing your part by picking up garbage and using reusable bags. I’m going to try to do the same.

  21. I just saw the most beautiful thing! A group of pre-teens, garbage bags in hand, cleaning out the preserve by my home that is unfortunately used by some as a dump site. Way to go kids!! I bet they read this too!
    How awesome you are to spread the word Lori, off to share!!

  22. It is always so incredible to see young kids doing something like that. Amazing that some choose to dump trash in anything other than a trash can. Thanks for sharing Petunia!

  23. Oh this is nice! I spent the day with my friends talking about changing lifestyles, going green & fair trade, too. It’s really cool that people get more educated during days like Earth Day. More hope for our planet!

  24. It really seemed to expand this year-people were talking about it and sharing their plans for the day. Glad you had a nice day with your friends!

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