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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Passionate about Planet Earth! Happy Earth Day!

PASSION -a fervent or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything; experience of strong love or sexual desire. [Passion Week begins here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

Until yesterday, when I allowed myself to get present to my Passions, I probably wouldn't have written a post about Earth Day. I might have thought so many other people were doing so that my thoughts weren't that needed. But that isn't really what PASSION is all about. Having a passion for something means that your voice is important if ONLY for yourself!! I am passionate about planet earth and I have been quelling my enthusiasm for no apparent reason!

Can you believe this is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day?? The sad thing is the earth itself is in no better shape then when the idea was launched. We have better marketing for Earth Day but we really don't have a healthier planet. Some of this is result of people not knowing what to do. The problems our planet faces can seem so huge that we can struggle with how our tiny impact can really do anything, good or bad. This satirical piece by the Onion says it far better then I ever could: 'How Bad For The Environment Can Throwing Away One Plastic Bottle Be?' 30 Million People Wonder. We really get frozen into inaction because such a big problem overwhelms.

In honor of Earth Day I thought I would find the 5 simplest things we all could do that really do make a difference and if everyone did them it would make a HUGE difference. What do you say? Want to play along with me? The Go Green Blog offered the following:

Earth Day 2010

earthdayCelebrate Earth Day’s 40th anniversary on Thursday, April 22 by conserving. Use less energy, less water, and create less waste.
Here are the top 5 ways to conserve this Earth Day:
1- Change lights to CFL bulbs
2- Install a low-flow showerhead
3- Use reusable shopping bags
4- Fix all leaky water fixtures
5- Stop using disposable items

I am not alone in my Passion for our dear planet, this is how several of my favorite blogs are honoring the day. 

In Honor of Earth Day by Optimal Optimist
Vanessa has a whole series of great posts about the honoring the earth happening this week. (I also swiped the cool Earth Day Patch for the top of this post from her blog because it is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks Vanessa and The Go Green Blog, where she found it!)

The Ash Grove? Or Global Warming?  by Heckety at Home
Living in the wake of Iceland's volcanic Ash sparked some perceptive observations about global citizenship.

Happy Earth Day  by WhiMSy Love
Stop waiting and just do it!  Start a recycling project!

Earth Dat stART & Co-op by Mama to Three Blessings Our Homeschool Blog
Fantastic books and crafts for the younger generation on Earth Day topics. J and I will be doing some of the same things today... totally love this:

Mother Earth... by Scrappin' my Bliss
Trying to do her part!

Earth Day: Greening Your Family (& My Special Giveaway To You)  by Safe Home Happy Mom
A cornucopia of green strategies from the perspective of SAFETY. Good stuff! And a giveaway too.

Earth Day by Going Green Crafters and Artists
Delightful Earth Day video and some inspiring day appropriate crafts.

Thank you for letting us share our passion for the planet with you. 

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. -Native American proverb

What are you doing in honor of Earth Day?

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  1. You would think with all the 'green' crafting that I do I would have had a wonderful post ready for Earth Day, but, alas, I did not. Of course, then I started to think about it and hardly a project goes by where I don't embrace recycling, repurposing, and reusing! Every day is Earth Day for me.

  2. What a great post!! You can't go wrong when you put your passions first - I love it! And I want you to know that your blog was one of the few I remember vividly from One World One Heart - I love your point(s) of view, Kristin xo

  3. I am honoured that you would use my post- thank you! Its so easy to be overwhelmed by all the things we SHOULD do, but really if we start slowly its easier to keep going and we will gather momentum. Start small- think big!

  4. What a great post! And I am truly honored that my blog was one that your spotlighted for Earth Day. Thank you so much! I look forward to more visits here. You have such a wonderful concept for a blog. I am all about living blissfully. I strive for it each and every day!

  5. Thanks so much for the shoutout- I really appreciate it! This was a great post and I'm glad that this is one of your is so important for us all to make a commitment to doing whatever we can to save the planet!

  6. cool! thank you for posting our Earth Day Craft! Too bad you do not have I was featured on blog button! :)

  7. So much information in this li'l post! Awesome, as always. Keep the passion comin'...and Happy Earth Day!

  8. Terrific post! I linked up my little Artisan Earth Day post. Much food for thought here...thank you!!! Theresa :)


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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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