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I say this completely a-politically and with no reference to doggie chew toys! :) Next week on April 22nd, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. This worldwide observance speaks to the fact that we can and need to do a better job to preserve our planet for our own and future generations. I don’t think anyone can argue with that. Earth Day seeks to educate and motivate people to make more informed choices, and to do what we can to clean up and preserve our precious resources, one person at a time.
It’s a huge initiative, to be sure, and your participation, even in the smallest way, makes a difference. The 2010 Earth Hour, for example, held on March 27th saw hundreds of millions of people in 126 countries taking part in the one-hour lights out, a substantial increase over 2009. WOW! This is a great example of an event getting legs under it when people talk and share ideas.
There are many ways to get involved in your own community, including The Great American Cleanup taking place across the US from March 1st to May 31st. Click on this link to find out what’s happening in your neighborhood. My local community is sponsoring recycling events for proper disposal of paints, home chemicals, electronics, and more. The Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a lake cleanup here. Even the simplest act of picking up litter in your neighborhood makes a difference. It’s not just someone else’s job—it’s our planet, so it’s our job.
As crafters, our natural creativity often leads us to repurpose items in a way that is useful or decorative, and that process can be very exciting! The term “scrapbooking” literally means to take scrap bits of this and that and combine them into something meaningful. You can see plenty of projects at Spotted Canary.com where this kind of resourcefulness is demonstrated. Post your own project and tell us how you’ve found a new use for an old item. Also, if you post a project on our Perler Beads website, this month’s free download is a lightswitch cover, a good reminder to turn off the lights!
It’s exciting to see organizations like the Girl Scouts with their own initiative on Earth Day and “It’s Your Planet, Love It”. Social awareness needs to include kids so they grow up with positive ideas as tomorrow’s leaders. You can scrapbook your local troop’s Earth Day event with K&Company’s beautifully designed Girl Scout products like these:
I hope you’ll share Earth Day with us, with your family, and with your friends by getting involved. Recycle, repurpose, clean up, plant a tree, teach a child. “The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” ~ Chief Seattle, Divamish Indian, 1855.
If you have a story or an idea about Earth Day, I invite you to add a comment below.
Have a great Earth Day!