Earth Day should be everyday

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A collection of books appropriate for Earth Day (Antoinette Estigoy)

Global warming. Sustainability. Going green. These are some of the important topics that people are looking at with a discerning eye now more than ever. Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day—a day dedicated to bringing awareness to these issues and challenging people to do their part to help.

Generally speaking, people today pay more attention to the campaign to go “green” not only because they are bombarded with the slogan just as often as Twitter is updated—but for just cause.

If we do not act to reduce our impact on the environment by making a change in the way we live, then we will end up paying the price. The ramifications will not reflect in our immediate future, but will have a long-term impact on climate change, the process and consumption of food and products, and the preservation of life.

Special events celebrating Earth Day will take place in the Bay Area and the surrounding vicinity in the hopes of spreading the word about the impact of consumerism and advocating for people to make a commitment to the conservation of our planet.

Here are some you may be interested in checking out:

In commemoration of the 10th Annual People’s Earth Day, there will be a grand opening of the EcoCenter at San Francisco Heron Head Park at Bayview Hunter’s Point on Sunday, April 18 from 10 to 3 p.m.

Earth Day Marin 2010 will be held Saturday, April 24 from 11 to 6 p.m. at the College of Marin. This free event will feature an array of speakers, live entertainment, and of course food and fun for the entire family.

The Environmental Sustainability Task Force and the City of Foster City are putting together The 2010 Foster City Earth Day Fair on Sunday, April 25 from 11 to 4 p.m. Some of the workshops will include: Solar 101, healthy energy efficient homes, and water-wise gardening.

There are also some simple ways you can get involved in the effort to keep mother earth and it’s inhabitants thriving for generations to come. Some of these include: recycling, turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, shortening your shower time, washing laundry with cold water, and using reusable BPA-free water bottles or travel mugs, instead of plastic bottles and paper cups.

Visit the affiliated websites for more information about the local earth day events I mentioned above: http://www.lejyouth.org/news/news.html, www.earthdaymarin.org, www.fostercity.org.

 

To learn more about Earth Day, visit: www.earthday.org.