Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day: This, Not That







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For a better Earth.

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April 22, Earth Day, 2011. We can all do something. Clean up a park or beach. Plant a tree. Join an ecological organization.







24 comments:

Yvonne Osborne said...

No better way to say it than with pictures. The NRDC is one of my favorites. And The Nation is my new fav. publication because progressives are always conservationists. No climate cranks.

Thanks, Tricia, for championing Earth!

Rick Daley said...

We went for a bike ride a couple weeks ago, and my 9-year old son found an empty plastic water bottle at the park. He asked me to keep it in my back pack so we could recycle it when we got home. Let's hope more from the future generations are growing up with such a sensibility.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Defintely prefer the before pictures not the after. Fortunately we've come a long way here compared to where we used to be . . . but we still have a long way to go.

Terresa said...

Happy Earth Day, thanks for the picturesque views!

(I have this habit, in any public place, to start picking up trash, without or without gloves, stick, bag. Maybe I've a calling? :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Beautiful pics - and what a story :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Yvonne: I love the NRDC, too. They work hard and make a difference.

Rick: Love that anecdote! I sure hope there's more awareness. Sometimes, I get depressed when I see piles of trash wash up the beach or floating on lake shores.

Stina: Yes, we've improved in some ways, but there's still tons of trash. I take these pictures as I go. (got a lot more of 'em)

Terresa: Ha! I can picture you doing that. My friend and I went to the local lake today and picked up six bags of bottle caps, plastic bits, balloons, straws, drink containers, beer bottles, cigarette butts and on and on.

Jemi: I hadn't thought of it as a story, but it is, thank you. ;)

Donna said...

Teaching such habits early can work. I can hardly bear to pass a discarded can or plastic bag, which just might stem from all those years picking up trash along the beach and access road to my mother's bar and restaurant at the Salton Sea (CA). Sometimes my little sister and I would find coins, so there was always the possibility of "treasure."

VR Barkowski said...

The photos say it all.

Today was busy, but we're planting trees tomorrow and Easter. As someone once said, there is no Planet B. Every day should be Earth Day.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Donna: I like the idea of finding treasure, although it's hard to think of that when faced with all that garbage. I applaud you for cleaning up the environment so diligently.

Viva: How lovely to plant trees this weekend. There is magic in putting plants in soil. The earth will thank you. I thank you.

Jo Schaffer said...

Thanks for this post. SO sad. But it doesn't need to be. We are our own worst enemies.
Go green!

sugeng prajitno said...

very interesting

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Yeah! I love how you post about important things like this! Happy Earth Day, and thanks for the links.

Medeia Sharif said...

The contrasts are powerful. I live by the water and from a distance things are so beautiful, and up close I notice litter. People can be careless and inconsiderate, but I'm always hopeful that they'll be change.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Jo: No, it doesn't need to be, and I hope we turn things around.

TerryLynn: Happy Earth Day to you, too. I hope people check out any of the links they don't know yet. Great organizations.

Medeia: My friend and I cleaned up a shoreline yesterday. It's amazing how many small pieces of plastic, cigarette butts, pop-off tops, plastic baggies and other stuff there is. Le sigh.

Suzanne Casamento said...

WOW. Those images make me feel guilty. The best I do is pick up the garbage I find on my daily walks.

Good for you for volunteering on Earth Day!

Bish Denham said...

A perfect tribute!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Suzanne: Hey, if you pick up garbage on daily walks, you get five gold stars!

Bish: Thank you. It was short and sweet (or maybe bittersweet).

cleemckenzie said...

I never walk a beach without a bag to pick up garbage. That's not much, but if everyone did that when they took a sandy stroll maybe there would be a tad difference. At least I'd like to think so.

Wub2Write said...

Whatever happened to the ad slogan, GIVE A HOOT, DON'T POLLUTE...

Simple words that went a long way...

Great pics!

Jan Morrison said...

your photos tell a compelling story. thanks.
Jan Morrison

Robyn Campbell said...

Amen! Pat, love this post. My family is soooo into conservation. We live on a farm and everyday on the road that leads to our farm, we find trash. I'm SO DANG sick of it. Thanks for the wonderful photos. :-)

Catherine Denton said...

Beautifully and brilliantly said, Tricia. Also, thank you for your kind words on My Blog.

Jo Schaffer said...

Hey-- stop by my blog and pick up your award! (=

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Lee: Eeks, I swear I responded to your comment! I'm so awed by people that walk the walk like you. It does make a difference, not only in the bit of trash we can pick up, but raising awareness of others (I hope anyway).

Maria: I love the way you link to pop culture. That was a catchy slogan. I hoped it inspired.

Jan: The least I can do. Thank you.

Robyn: I just don't understand why people do that. What is so dang hard in finding a trash can?

Catherine: Thank you and hugs.

Jo: Hey, there--I'm so pleased to pick up an award from you!