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Is Earth Day Dying

Is Earth Day (which is today) dead? Maybe not, but if we’ve read the tree rings correctly, it may be dying. Which is why 2013 is the year we don’t need to save the Earth – we need to save Earth Day. Consider this: A new Huffington Post/YouGov poll finds Americans are less concerned about the environment now than when Earth Day began. A lot less. In 1971, the year after Earth Day was founded, 63 percent of Americans said it was “very important” to work to restore and enhance the national environment, according to an Opinion Research Corp. poll for President Richard Nixon. This year, only 39 percent of respondents said it was very important, according to a 2013 HuffPost/YouGov poll/Husna Haq, Christian Science Monitor. More here. (AP photo: Filipinos in colorful costumes participate in a protest against plans by a private developer for a reclamation project along Manila's Bay, as they celebrate Earth Day)

Question: Are you concerned re: reducing your carbon print? Why? Why Not?

People born on Earth Day

Does anyone born on Earth Day ever bring that up or hear others mention it?

I wonder how many Earth Day babies will arrive today in the Spokane area.

Mobilize the Earth

Before you require a green burial as referenced in Becky’s post, see what you can do to save our planet from all our own foolishness.  

Checkout the website of activities you can do to make a difference and if you are in the Washington, D.C. area – enjoy the Earth Day Rally on the National Mall.

(S-R archives: A computer-generated graphic provided by NASA shows images of objects in Earth's orbit that are currently being tracked.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s Slice

Tomorrow's column is an insignificant bit of fluff, spun from the approach of Earth Day.

I am not mocking Earth Day. I'm just trying to entertain readers for 90 seconds.

But it's a virtual certainty that I will arrive at the office Monday morning and find at least one angry email or text. It will be from an earnest person who felt the need to lecture me about the importance of saving the planet. It will rebuke me for lacking gravitas. Or something.

So how should I respond?

A) “Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I will try to do better.” B) “Did you write that email while having coffee Saturday morning with a girl you are trying to impress?” C) “I was not aware that The Slice column trying to have a bit of fun precluded The Spokesman-Review from addressing these issues elsewhere in the paper.” D) “Look, kid. I'm sure you regard yourself as a big deal greenie and all. But I used to live in Vermont. I have seen major league progressives up close. Trust me, you're still wading in the kiddie pool. For one thing, by writing to me you are acknowledging that you spent some time with mainstream media, for God's sake.” E) “The truth is, I have total respect for the goals of Earth Day. Always have. What I don't respect is unsigned mail.” F) “As performance art goes, indignation isn't all that captivating.” G) “At least your spelling is better than what I see in angry notes from radical conservatives.”  H) Other.

What’s your earliest Earth Day memory?

I can't remember anything from 1970, the first year.

But I recall that the next year everyone at my high school went outside and we listened to the governor of Vermont say protecting the environment was a good thing.


Earth Day review…

Good afternoon, Netizens…


Here we have the Unofficial Earth Day flag, by John McConnell: the blue marble on a blue background. It has come to represent Earth Day, which has been observed since April 22, 1970 and is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries. It is coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network, according to whom Earth Day is now “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a half billion people every year”.


I have a problem with Earth Day. If so many people in the United States are so enamored of saving Mother Earth, why is it they continue to re-elect politicians who clearly have a conflict of interest with Green awareness and/or become lobbyists for major corporations that pollute our air and water?


I find myself astounded beyond words at the number of lobbyists for corporations who mouth the phrases of Earth Day while still polluting madly away.



Hucks Poll: Hucks Nation Shoots First

  • Thursday Poll: You'd better be careful if you're considering breaking into a home in Hucks Nation. 143 of 192 respondents (74.45%) said they'd shoot someone who was breaking into their house. 33 of 192 respondents (17.19%) said they would not. 16 of 192 (8.33%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Which observance means more to you — Earth Day or Good Friday/Easter?

Good Friday, Earth Day Converge Today

Holy Week this year has a surprising twist. The international observance of Earth Day and the Christian church’s celebration of Good Friday converge on April 22. To many in the church this will come as an unwelcome intrusion. I’ve learned in my years as a pastor not to schedule anything that would compete with the rhythms of Holy Week. I’m still reminded occasionally by the keepers of the church calendar about the year I agreed to do a wedding on the Saturday before Easter. I won’t do that again. For others, the threat of this coincidence goes much deeper than potential scheduling conflicts. They will see this as a sacred-secular fault line in an ongoing cultural struggle between two opposing ideologies/Craig Goodwin, pastor of Millwood Presbyterian Church of Spokane, special to CNN. More here. (SR file photo: Pastor Craig Goodwin's book, Year of Plenty,” chronicles the year he and his family consumed only things that were homemade, home grown, used or local.)

Question: Which observance will you participate in today — Good Friday or Earth Day? Or both?

Sandpoint Earth Day Festival a hit with kids

ENVIRONMENT — Friday is Earth Day, and Sandpoint groups are making a point to get the whole family involved.

Sandpoint’s Earth Day Festival is set for 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Sandpoint Events Center (corner of Pine and Euclid).

Family activities include a talk by Earth Day co-founder Doug Scott, information from more than 20 local conservation groups and vendors, displays and games for the kids, electric car demos, great local food.

And then there's the no-host beer and wine bar.

The event is sponsored by Idaho Conservation League, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper.

Info:  (208) 265-9565.

Plant a tree in Hillyard

The Merchants Committee is putting together a tree planting program in connection with Arbor Day (April 29). Young trees - mostly evergreens it sounds like - have been secured and the tree planting program will run begining on Earth Day (April 22).
Stay tuned for details.

Earth Day 2010 Arrives

A Canada goose shares a log with two turtles at the Shaker Lakes Nature Center in Shaker Heights, Ohio on Wednesday. The Nature Center was founded in 1966 in a grassroots effort to protect the Shaker Parklands, which would have been destroyed at the time by a proposed freeway linking downtown Cleveland to its eastern suburbs. Today is the 40th celebration of Earth Day.

Question: Is Earth Day important to you?

Signe: Just Unplug One Gadget?

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Earth Day Greetings

Happy Earth Day. Sorry I didn’t get you a card or a present.

To make up for it, Spin Control is passing along (without harming the environment as far as we can tell) Earth Day sentiments from elected officials. Inside the blog are paperless reproductions of E.D. statements from Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, and audio from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Others will be posted if they come in

Earth Day - The Vox Way

The day to celebrate our Mother Earth really is right around the corner: April 22! Mark your calendars! As for now, the April edition of THE VOX has taken on the vast world of green living…here are some tips author of front-pager ‘Earth Day Inspires Green Ways of Living’, Emily Jones, has to share…

“Instead of: Using dozens of plastic bags every week for groceries and other items”…
Yes - there are LOTS of alternatives. (Seattle is even nearing the ‘Anti-Baggies’ decision…) MY Go-To solution for saving the planet, one bag-full of groceries at a time: CUTE BAGS! All you accessory-addicts beware, they are making some really cool/cute/functional reusable grocery bags with every personality in mind. You could even take the recycling further and toss your shopping into last year’s school bag! Simply head over to GreenDaily.com to see some crazy-adorable examples…

“Instead of: Accepting your morning coffee in a disposable cup”…
Well, I for one really really live for that morning cup of ‘joe. Filling up a reusable thermos makes me AND Mother Earth happy! Another way to help the environment while getting your all-important caffine-kick?: Fair-Trade coffee. Ensuring that your coffee sports a ‘Fair Trade’ label also ensures that farm co-operatives are getting at least $1.21 per pound of beans. By switching to a ‘Fair Trade’ brand you are doing your part to give farmers safe conditions and a living wage. Check out The Environment Report, by Julie Grant, for some more coffee-filled info…

“Instead of: Taking a luxuriously long shower”…
Want to clean up and help the planet? There’s really only one answer to this one: lawn sprinklers….and a really tall fence