"We are the Earth, through the plants and animals that nourish us.
We are the rains and the oceans that flow through our veins.
We are the breath of the forests of the land, and the plants of the sea...Linked in a web of community, we are all interconnected."
- David Suzuki, from "The Declaration of Interdependence"
Environmental philosophy - or a way of life?
environmentalism move from being a philosophy
promoted by a passionate minority
to a way of life that governs mainstream behavior
TIME'S SPECIAL EARTH DAY ISSUE 2000
Protecting our Planet, Protecting Ourselves
Perspectives: Man and Nature, UN Global Assessment, R.
Leakey on Extinction, Mssg from Pres Clinton
Challenges: Saving the Oceans, Saving Biodiversity,
Managing Earth Population, Fixing Global Warming, Coping with
Water Shortages, Controlling Urban Sprawl
Protecting our environment has become a series of
Time Exclusive on the U.N.
What's on YOUR list?
absorb carbon dioxide from the air;
provide habitat, food, oxygen; prevent
soil erosion; provide shade to cool you
off in the summer and lessen evaporation
of moisture. Call your local tree
planting environmental organizations and
join them in reforesting the Earth.
buy less, you will be helping reduce the
environmentally harmful effects of
transporting goods to market and
packaging of products. This saves trees,
natural resources, and helps reduce the
air pollution. You also will be helping
lessen the burden of our ever-growing
And take the money you save from not
buying and tuck it away in savings.
separate containers for recycled
products. Think of innovative ways to
reuse things before you dispose of
them. If you have to buy
something, buy products made from
recycled material and products that are
pumped up - but not at the gas station.
Hide the car keys and car pool, use mass
transit or ride a bike. Oh, almost
forgot - Take a hike!
before you flip a switch or push a
button and start your electric meter
spinning at the speed of light.
Here are some
can do to help:
WAYS WE CAN HELP THE
MAKE YOUR DAY!
EARTH DAY - EVERY DAY
Who says you can't change the world?
Go on an energy diet and other earthly challenges
EARTH DAY NETWORK
"Get involved and rattle the
ramparts of complacency"
Call your local Earth
Day groups and volunteer to help. They work year-round on projects
You can find them by looking in the national Earth Day Network website
More Earth Day websites:
Environmental Protection Agency
Area Earth Day Network
Ten easy things you can do to help our
1.Recycle and buy recycled
2.Reduce use of disposable items
3.Reduce car trips and keep car well-tuned
4.Use biodegradable soaps
5.Adopt a beach or park - clean them up
6.Reduce energy use - switch to green power
7.Don't use pesticides - (buy "good bugs" to eat your "bad
9.Buy certified organic food
10.Don't buy tropical hardwoods or products from old growth
How to live more
sustainably on our Earth