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Tag: Earth Day

April
21st

Our green is fading this Earth Day

If Mother Earth were a political candidate, she wouldn’t be happy with her polling numbers.

Just in time for Earth Day, a Harris poll shows that the percentage of Americans concerned about the planet has dropped from 43 percent to 34 percent – in just the past three years. Another survey shows that 49 percent of us think economic growth is more important than environmental protection. Only 41 percent think the opposite.

The Christian Science Monitor editorial board suggests that the slumping economy is a big factor in those attitudes.

According to the Harris poll, American adults are less likely now than three years ago to take the following “green” actions: Read more »

April
22nd

A toast (or two) to Earth Day

OK, it’s Earth Day, and my editorial today urges you to go out and do all sorts of earth-responsible stuff, like taking mass transit and planting native species that don’t need watering. This Saturday you take part in Parks Appreciation Day by working your tail off at local parks, weeding, pruning, planting trees, etc.

I’m sure we’re all going to run right out and do all that.

On the other hand, here’s something easier: Earth Day cocktails. Thanks to the folks at a Web site you might check out for a number of recipes that, I’m sure, are

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April
21st

Earth Day: Each of us doing a little can add up to a lot

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

As Earth Day turns 40 today, the environmental problems facing the world look all but insurmountable: climate change and the growing threat of hunger and water shortages, acidic oceans, vanishing plant and animal species . . . the list could go on and on.

As individuals, saving the Earth really isn’t much of an option. But each of us has the power to improve a little corner of it.

At the personal level, simple things can help, like walking or using mass transit instead of driving, conserving energy in our homes with efficient appliances and compact fluorescent light bulbs, planting native species that don’t need watering and eating more locally grown foods. And sometimes, doing the right thing for the environment has a bonus: It can save us money on our household bills. Read more »

April
21st

Making whoopie the Earth Day way

Thursday is Earth Day, and people will mark it by doing all sorts of environmentally friendly things, like cleaning up local parks and shorelines, replacing their incandescent lightbulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent ones, planting trees, etc.

Still others will be combating overpopulation – by giving out special Earth Day-themed condoms. The Center for Biological Diversity says it will distribute “250,000 free, edgy, fun Endangered Species Condoms to highlight the devastating impact of overpopulation on endangered species and their habitats. The campaign will be staffed by thousands of volunteer condom distributors all over the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico,

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