Every Day is Earth Day!

April 24, 2012

Earth Day 2012 has come and gone. This past Sunday, April 22nd, countries spanning the globe came together in celebration of our planet. Reports say that more than 1 billion people across 192 countries celebrated Earth Day this year. Schools, Universities, Corporations, Individuals and Governments rallied, cleaned, celebrated and performed in honor of this 42nd annual event.

Disney Nature was in on the action as well with the premiere of their newest film, Chimpanzees. It has become a tradition for Disney Nature to premiere a film on Earth Day each year. They are a graphic and jaw-dropping reminder of how beautiful our planet is and how careful we must be with our precious resources.

We hope that you had a Green Earth Day and that one of your resolutions is to treat every day as Earth Day. We remind you to Greenify today for a better tomorrow!


Happy Earth Day 2011!

April 22, 2011

Green Business Alliance would like to wish our members and visitors all the best for this Earth Day 2011!! Best wishes with your environmental resolutions to Greenify your business, home and fun this coming year.


Greenifying: The Presidency

April 8, 2011

Have you ever listened to the President's weekly speeches?  I listen to them every weekend and I want to pass along a few words to you: sustainable, alternative energy, environmentally responsible and stewardship. 

These speeches are a long-standing tradition dating back to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who delivered his weekly address via radio to a weary and tired nation and called them "fireside chats."  The country was troubled and economically depressed.  Roosevelt comforted the people by speaking to them. 

The White House speeches fell silent for awhile, but President Ronald Reagan revived it to tradition status once again and President George W. Bush moved it to the Internet with podcasts.  President Obama began putting out his speeches early, during the transitional period immediately after he was elected and through his inauguration to the present. (Over the years, the opposing political party has added their own weekly "response" speeches which are equally welcome.) 

In these speeches, you can hear the substance of what the President who speaks cares about and is committed to.   And whether you favor Mr. Obama or his political opponents, listening to these speeches, you can't help but be impressed with the man's commitment to environmental issues.   

On a weekly basis, he talks about the need to find alternative energy sources, to cut America's dependence on foreign oil and to find answers to both economic, business and environmental problems through American ingenuity.  He repeatedly says he believes that creativity and ability will find new paths and develop new solutions to any issues.  It's also a tradition of U.S. presidents to believe in Americans and American know-how.  It's good to see that tradition is changing, evolving and becoming a little greener.


Earth Day 2011

March 24, 2011

Earth Day 2011 is coming up next month and if you haven't taken a moment to get involved, this is the moment to spring into action.  

This year's theme is organized around A Billion Acts of Green®: Personal, Organizational and Corporate pledges to act sustainably. A Billion Acts of Green® is the largest environmental service campaign in the world and has organized 45 million actions to date.  

The elements of Earth Day 2011 will include Athletes for the Earth, which brings high profile Olympic and professional athletes to utilize their star power in support of environmentalism; the Canopy Project, which supports global reforestation; Green Schools, which hopes to greenify America's schools within the next generation; Creating Climate Wealth, which will gather 200 of the world's entrepreneurs to work on climate change and create a greener economy; Women and Green Economy(™), working to engage women in creation and development of global green economy; and Arts for the Earth, which celebrates the environmental artists of the world and hopes to make museums more sustainable. 

But those are just the big name projects.  Consider that Earth Day could be the opposite of a Lenten-style holiday of sacrifice.  Instead of giving up something, perhaps you gain something.  Instead of giving up mileage on your car, you gain a rider (or two) in a car pool. Instead of looking at bare walls in your office, add some plants or a miniature tree.  Instead of spending money on air conditioning this summer, add a fan and keep the air moving to save on electrical power usage. 

A Billion Acts of Green® can start in your office or home as you greenify in small ways.  Because with our Earth, every little bit helps this year and every year.


100 days and counting...EARTH DAY 2011

January 12, 2011

Mark your calendars now! April 22, 2011 is quickly approaching. In just 100 days, millions of people from around the world will celebrate the 41st Annual Earth Day. The focus of Earth Day is to raise awareness of and support our environment and eco-friendly habits. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was the principal founder of this event which dates back to 1970. It began as a nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment intended to inspire gratitude for and consciousness of the Earth’s environment.

Earth Day festivities and events will be held here in the United States in major cities such as: Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas and Miami. Additionally, there will be Earth Day celebrations held locally in schools, community centers, and colleges around the world. In central Ohio, Green Columbus, a local nonprofit responsible for coordinating and mobilizing the largest volunteer turnout for Earth Day service projects in the country, has chosen Lighten Up as this year’s Earth Day theme.

The time is now to start thinking about your Earth Day plans and efforts to Greenify. This blog marks the first in a series dedicated to this global environmental celebration. Check back soon for the next installment of Green Business Alliance’s Earth Day blog.


Now that Earth Day Is Over... What Are You Doing?

April 28, 2009

Now that Earth Day is over again for this year, how do we go forward with our resolve to be more protective of our planet and its valuable natural resources?
We've celebrated the planet, now it's time to get serious and Greenify in a meaningful way.
 
Here are some ideas that I had:
 
*Car pool at least one day per week.  This saves on fuel and parking spaces at work.  If you're the boss, lead the way and encourage employees to do it.  Maybe you can start by offering to pick up an employee or two on the way to work at least once a week.
 
*Turn off lights when you leave the room.  Every time.
 
*Use recyclable paper as often as possible.  Yes, it does cost a little more, but it also saves our planet a lot.
 
*Dial down on heat and up on air conditioning.  68 degrees in the winter and 72 degrees in the summer (if not more) can make a huge difference in the company energy bill, too.
 
*Intall timers on restroom lights.  It's a safe bet no one wants to stay in there very long anyway, right? 
 
*Eat lunch at your desk.  Saves money and fuel.
 
*Add plants for decoration and pollution control.  If you have landscaping outdoors, remember to put the watering cycles on timers, too, and water only at night.Conservation is key. 
 
*Encourage others in their to Greenify, as well.  Can we underestimate the power of a good compliment to a fellow businessperson?  If they're weighing the importance of their greenification efforts, it's always good to hear encouraging words.  Plus, it does help make and keep friends.
 
Earth Day only comes once per year, but the goal is to celebrate the importance of our Earth every day and try to keep it a clean, more healthful place to live.


Earth Day Appreciation

April 22, 2009

I thought in celebration of Earth Day 2009, we would go over a few facts about the wonderful world we live in.  These are some of the many things I find amazing about our planet:

Our Earth is about 4.5 billion years old.

It travels through space at 660,000 miles per hour.

During the course of one day, the sun causes about one trillion tons of water to evaporate.

Jellyfish have been on Earth for over 650 million years, before sharks and dinosaurs.

The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the world's oxygen supply.

There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.

The overall amount of water on our planet has remained the same for two billion years.

Approximately 70 percent of the Earth is covered with water. Only 1 percent of the water is drinkable.

In a 100-year period, a water molecule spends 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice, about 2 weeks in lakes and rivers, and less than a week in the atmosphere; but at the same time, groundwater can take a human lifetime just to traverse a mile.

The oceans of the world would rise about 60 meters if Antarctica's ice sheets melted.

The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.

If all the salt were to be extracted from the oceans, there would be enough salt to cover all the continents five feet deep.

An earthquake in 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards.

Finland is also known as "the land of of the thousand lakes."

Aluminum forms one-twelfth of the Earth's crust.

A volcano has enough power to shoot ash as high as 50 km into the atmosphere.

About 27 tons of dust rains down on the earth each day from space.

It is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 8 minutes.

Of all known forms of animals life ever to inhabit the Earth, only about 10 percent still exist today.

The sad truth is to realize how many of these factoids are being impacted by our human presence and poor stewardship of the planet.  Earth Day is a great day to consider how you can consume less, leave a smaller carbon footprint, and perhaps leave the world a better place. 

Best wishes for the greenest of Earth Days from your friends at Green Business Alliance.

Greenify Today for a Better Tomorrow!


Earth Day 2009

April 20, 2009

Earth Day is coming up this Wednesday, so I thought today we’d talk a little about the history of this great day on our planet.  It’s a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for our Mother Earth. 

In September 1969 at a conference in Seattle, Washington, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin announced a “nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment” that would be celebrated the following Spring. This announcement came at a time of great concern about overpopulation and when there was a strong movement towards "Zero Population Growth."

Senator Nelson proposed the nationwide environmental protest in order to thrust the environment onto the national agenda.

"It was a gamble," he recalls, "but it worked."

April 22, 1970, Earth Day marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement as approximately 20 million Americans participated, with a goal of a healthy, sustainable environment.

The man who coordinated all those people, Denis Hayes led the organization of massive coast-to-coast rallies. There were thousand of colleges and universities organizing protests against the abuse and deterioration of the environment.  Groups that had fought against pollution of factories, steel mills, and power plants, organizing against oil spills, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways and wildlife extinction all suddenly came together under one umbrella.

By Earth Day on April 22, 1990, the number answering the rally cry had reached 200 million, with a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide.  It also helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

The Earth Day in 2000 focused on global warming and a push for clean energy.  It combined the big-picture feistiness of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. It also had the Internet helping to link activists around the world as 5,000 environmental groups reached out to hundreds of millions of people in a record 184 countries. Earth Day 2000 sent the message loud and clear that citizens the world 'round wanted quick and decisive action on clean energy. Earth Day 2007 was one of the largest Earth Days to date, with an estimated billion people participating in the activities in thousands of places like Kiev, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; Tuvalu; Manila, Philippines; Togo; Madrid, Spain; London; and New York.

Earth Day 2009 is expected to push forward with more driving force, bringing over half a billion people together with one goal and focus: to stop deterioration and pollution of the planet; to undo damage where possible and to provide a better world for all of us to live in.  We hope you will join in this wondrous cause with us. 


Earth Day 2009: The Green Generation

April 7, 2009

We’re getting closer to Earth Day, 2009.  Now just a few weeks away, are you wondering what more you can do to help your friends and neighbors Greenify and enjoy the day and its significance?

First off, you can start using reusable shopping bags every time.  Get used to having them, using them, and returning them to your car.  Buy sturdy ones.  They’ll last longer and be more earth-friendly.  If you have a business, print your name on them and give them away to the first 100 customers on Earth Day.

Set a good example.  March your recyclables out to the curb in the bright colored bin heaped high.  Experts estimate that Americans recycle somewhere between 32 and 57 percent of refuse.  But recyclables can and should be a higher percentage than the truly un-reusable “garbage” that is going to the landfill these days.  And any cost savings in landfill use is something that comes back to us financially and in terms of our carbon footprint that we’re all being so careful about these days.

Buy more organic and, where possible, homegrown vegetables.  Maybe this is the year that your neighborhood engages in a communal garden?  If there’s a vacant lot, find out who the owner is and ask about putting in a vegetable garden for everyone’s benefit.  The owner will probably ask for a few spare ears of corn and may appreciate the care being given to their land.  Otherwise, parcel out assignments like “tomatoes in one backyard, squash in another, beans in a third neighbor’s back corner.”  You’ll increase neighborliness, cut down pesticide consumption, and maybe even have fun.

Earth Day can and should be a great celebration of something that we all care about.  If you do nothing else, just remind people what a great planet we have to live on and that it does need our care and concern in stewardship of its resources, that’s an Earth Day worthy achievement.


Counting Down to Earth Day: What Can You Do?

March 27, 2009

What can you do in these final weeks before Earth Day, 2009?  There is no time like the present to start working to pollute less personally and participate in the discussion in your own community. 
 
First, here’s a personal pollution checklist. Are you:
 
Carpooling?
Recycling every item possible?
Buying locally grown and manufactured?
Checking second-hand stores before buying that new gadget?
Recycling printer cartridges, motor oil and auto batteries, along with newspapers the right way, every time?
 
Good job!
 
Now, regarding getting involved in that community discussion.  First, check with your city council to find out if they have an "Earth Day Proclamation" and what your municipality's observance will include.  If they are all set, ask if you can help out.  Volunteers are almost always welcome.

If nothing is in place, there is still time for you to change that.  Draft a simple resolution to honor "Earth Day" where you are.  It doesn't have to be fancy and you don't have to spell things correctly.  You’ll need a few "Whereas" statements to lay out the resolution’s premise.  The “whereas” statements can be thought of having two parts, general points and locally focused points.  You’ll follow that with the "Be it resolved" statements, suggesting what needs to done.
 
For instance:
 
"Whereas we are using resources faster than our planet can produce them, and whereas we are polluting faster than we can clean it up, be it resolved that we work together to cut our carbon emissions, try to slow and stop pollution and Greenify the Earth.  And be it further resolved that we will honor April 22 as Earth Day 2009, to be observed as such in our homes and businesses and every day thereafter." 
 
Put that together on recycled paper, and you'll be a sure hit in any city council on this planet. 


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