Earth Day is Everyday

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Today is Earth Day. One of my favorite days. It reminds us to stop what we are doing and celebrate our world and all of creation.

But we need not have a special day on the calendar to remind us.

Around here, we like to live as if everyday is Earth Day. Everyday we seek to notice the beauty on this Earth – to climb her trees, to explore her creeks, lakes, rivers, and ponds.

To watch the tiniest of ants to the biggest of animals do what they were created to do.

We watched a really amazing special on PBS the other day. (We don’t have cable TV anymore – but this was at a relatives’) It was all about Beavers. How they hear the sound of rushing water and it causes them to be alerted to start creating a dam.

Their instinct tells them what to do. And when they are finished with their day and night engineering, the water levels rise, and they keep the ecosystem running smoothly.

They even can make deserts that were completely dry heal and hold water again. There is something really beautiful about their story and how they help hold the ecosystem together by creating these amazing structures – adding strength to the river bottom and securing their future in the land.

We each can do our part – no matter how small – to keep our Earth’s ecosystem running properly. We can recycle, reduce our consumption and spending, repurpose, teach our children to care for the Earth, and generally take sustainable actions to heal the land.

Every little bit helps.

If you want to read more about saving our Earth – check out The Story of Stuff. It’s eye-opening.

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And this post I reposted from Holistic Moms Network back in 2009 talks about some ways we can help save the Earth.

I hope you take some time today to go exploring out in nature with your children. Discover a new place locally to get outdoors. Have fun and be grateful for the beauty of nature – today, and always!

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*If you like:

simple living,

nature,

getting outdoors with your family,

exploring,

holistic living,

holistic mothering,

hiking,

canoeing,

kayaking,

family fitness,

bike riding,

cooking over an open fire,

slow food,

local and real food,

gardening,

camping,

fishing,

DIY projects,

natural living, and

green living –

then you’ll LOVE this new project I’m starting.

I’ll be sending out emails, photos, videos, and more with great places to adventure, explore, and see with your children, and lots of great ideas to live the simple life you yearn for.

Want to be included? Sign up here!

Leave a comment below after you sign up listing some topics you’d like me to explore or naming your favorite outdoor adventure location! Thank you!

 

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{earth day giveaway}

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It’s Earth Day tomorrow, so in honor of the Earth, I am giving away my Tree Of Life Eco-hoodie in size X-tra Large (retail price $49.99) to 1 lucky winner.

Pull it on and go! Women’s eco-heather pullover hoodie made with our unique blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and naturally occurring rayon. Rib binding around neck and hood; raglan; rib sleeve cuffs and bottom band. Wash in cold water, dry on low heat.

•Regular fit
•38% cotton (6.25% organic cotton), 50% polyester (6.25% recycled poly), 12% rayon
•Low-impact yarn dyed, fabric washed
•No shrinkage

This hoodie is a one-of-a-kind, wrap-around print of my original illustration. It has multiple prints on both sides making this a very statement piece for your wardrobe. Perfect for a rainy day, out for a jog, or just out digging in the garden. The kangaroo pouch in the front is awesome for warming your hands on chilly days as well.

You can show the world that you are about the Earth every time you wear this shirt!

So here’s the rules of the giveaway:

1 – You must plant a tree in honor of Earth Day. {Planting more than one tree is ideal, though…}

2 – Take a photo of you planting the tree & send it to amber@shopcloud9design.com

3 – Deadline to receive photos is Friday April 24th.

4 – A winner will be chosen at random from the entires, and will be announced on April 28th.

5 – Tell your friends and family to get involved too! Get out there and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

{Cosa Verde & Modish Earth Day Giveaway}

screenhunter_01-apr-14-1311I’m so excited to announce that I am participating in the Cosa Verde & ModishEarth Day Giveaway!

There are 39 artists participating for a total of  $1375.00 worth of handmade eco-friendly goodness! The contest runs from now, until Earth Day, April 22nd.

I donated my Men’s Organic Tree of Life shirt, with large double-sided print, valued at $36.00 I have a similar Mens’ shirt in  Royal Blue in my shop right now.

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You can read more about the giveaway here. Enter to win today! There will be 4 winners chosen. Happy Earth Day!

{Earth Hour}

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{BLACKLE : Save Energy Googling }

via BLACKLE on Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

How is Blackle saving energy?

Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy. Blackle searches are powered by Google Custom Search.

Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. “Image displayed is primarily a function of the user’s color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen.” Roberson et al, 2002

In January 2007 a blog post titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine.

Since then there has been skepticism about the significance of the energy savings that can be achieved and the cost in terms of readability of black web pages.

We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Secondly we feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.

How can you help?

We encourage you to set Blackle as your home page. This way every time you load your Internet browser you will save a little bit of energy. Remember every bit counts! You will also be reminded about the need to save energy each time you see the Blackle page load.

Help us spread the word about Blackle by telling your friends and family to set it as their home page. If you have a blog then give us a mention. Or put the following text in your email signature: “Blackle.com – Saving energy one search at a time”.

There are a lot of great web sites about saving energy and being more environmentally friendly. They are full of great tips covering the little things that we can all do to make a difference today. Try Blackling “energy saving tips” or visit treehugger.com a great blog dedicated to environmental awareness.

Or if you want a little bit more color in your results, try Clean Black, which lets you customize your color theme using a black background screen.