Seattle – Earth Day

Seattle is a very ecologically-aware city, and on this 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and when you visit, you are extracting benefits gained by thousands of proactive citizens there. It’s clean air, water and myriad of other services give it the high ranking of #7 in a list of 72 American cities, and if you visit Portland, Oregon (3 hours drive, south), you will be in America’s #3 city!*

In Seattle today, there will be opportunities for you to learn more and help more to save our Earth Mother and all Life, including us!

This year, environmental advocates intend to have a march on the Mall in Washington, DC this next Sunday. If you live or are visiting Washington then, please consider attending and helping the American Congress see that they must begin to ACT! Enacting long-overdue environmental and climatic protection laws is something for the good of all of us.

There are sites all over the internet to help you learn how to be a responsible consumer, and frankly, if you travel a lot, you have a large carbon-footprint, which means that you need to balance that in your own personal life and choices and support the groups doing the hard advocacy work.

Forty years after the first Earth Day, the now world in greater peril than ever! While climate change may be the greatest challenge of our time, so is the ignorance of the majority of humans who are making poor choices — which then have HUGE long-term consequences for the viability of our planet, let alone their local area and personal health.

Some of the priorities are:
___ rebuilding the viability of the earth’s soil
___ stopping pesticide and chemical fertilizer use
___ using only natural seed and not genetically engineered seed
___ preserving topsoil and clean water and shade
___ planting diversified, biologically symbiotic crops together (companion planting)
___ disavowing monoculture and most hybrid species – using heirloom species seeds instead
___ allowing natural areas to be preserved
___ make them big enough in size to flourish (preferably “linking” them to one another, too). This is especially needed in forest preserves.
___ composting your food waste and return it to the Earth in your yard instead of landfill transport
___ using only recyclable materials and then recycling them!

These are but a few of the things everyone needs to start.

In perspective, our time also presents the greatest opportunity -– an unprecedented opportunity — to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future.

Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance responsible and aware climate policy if we push hard to make it so and demand change from our representatives in Government. Energy efficiency and independence, renewable energy and green jobs are possible in every country; the governments just have to start making it happen! Getting rid of bureaucratic inertia is essential.

When you travel, you want safe air, safe water, safe food and a climate which will not wreak disaster upon you. It is in your best interest (and we should be doing it for altruistic as well as pragmatic reasons, anyway).

While you are sitting in your hotel room, if you have access to a computer, or if you have a laptop, then anytime you have a moment this week, while traveling, then watch the following if you are in the United States (it won’t be streamed overseas): Food, Inc. This knowledge from Michael Pollan and other experts will change your life and it is imperative and critical for your health, and especially children’s health. It will only be freely shown from April 22 – 29, 2010.

Also, see the short preview of DIRT! – The Movie

In one of these two movies, an expert stated we have only about 120 years’ window to save the planet from the devastation it has sustained since the Industrial Revolution started in the 1800’s and since factory farming started in the 20th century. The problem is he didn’t say how much was left of his projected 120 years, but I suspect we have very little time left to save Mother Earth. The problems build on each other to a tipping-point, where Life cannot be sustained and our weather has permanently become hostile.

Earth Day Network is galvanizing millions of people who make personal commitments to sustainability. Create a global “green” economy — Earth Day 2010 is a pivotal opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together and create it. Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries who are taking action for Earth Day!

The Climate Rally:
On Sunday, April 25th, 2010 Earth Day Network and partner organizations will organize a massive climate rally on The National Mall in Washington, DC to demand that Congress pass a strong climate bill in 2010. If you cannot attend, then consider signing the Earth Day 2010 Climate Declaration, if you are an American.

REFERENCE:
Earth Day petition
Arts for the Earth
American Cities’ environmental reports
Earthday.org

*Earth Day Network’s Urban Environment Report (UER) scores the current environmental performance of 72 of our nation’s cities based on over 200 indicators, taking into account those populations which may have greater sensitivity or susceptibility to environmental, health and also to social problems.

The Urban Environment Report broadens our view of each city’s environmental quality of life by taking into account those who often suffer the most, but are heard the least.

Seattle’s environmental report card Seattle is #7 of 72 cities

Portland, Oregon’s environmental report card Portland is #3 and is tied with Colorado Springs, CO.

Fargo, North Dakota – environmental report card Fargo is #1 city in the United States for best environment (unless the Red River floods!).

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