People's Climate March

The Tarpmaster and I went to the People's Climate March on Sunday. (The boys had other plans.) We got to Central Park West and and 72nd Street before 11 AM. The subway going there was packed with other people also going to march. CPW was really packed, from Columbus Circle (which we heard was also packed) up to at least 86th Street, possibly 96th. It's pretty amazing when the crowd goes as far as you can see!

Saturday, May 5th Is "I Love My Park" Day

This weekend is I Love My Park Day, a statewide event to enhance the state’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the park system's needs. Volunteers will clean up park lands and beaches, plant trees and gardens, restore trails and wildlife habitats, remove invasive species, and work on site improvement projects.

Do You See Yourself in This List?

There's a terrific article by Richard Louv over at Children and Nature Network, titled "You're part of the new nature movement if..." Chances are you'll find something there that resonates, whether your connection to nature is spirituality or productivity, and whether you're trying to connect nature and people in the form of yourself, your children, your employees, or the public.

Turn Your Lights Out for Earth Hour 2011 on March 26th!

At 8.30 PM on Saturday 26 March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour. The environmentally friendly concept started in 2007 in Australia and only a year later more than 50 million people across 35 countries participated. Even global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome's Colosseum have stood in darkness for Earth Hour.

This year, when the lights go back on, think about what you can change in your daily life that will benefit the planet.

The NYC School Gardens Initiative from GROW-NYC

In partnership with the Mayor's Fund, GrowNYC launched the NYC School Gardens Initiative in May 2010 with the mission to inspire, promote and facilitate school gardens in our public schools. The consortium of partners who share this vision, coupled with the new Grow to Learn NYC website, can help any NYC public school build, program and sustain a school garden.

My son's elementary school is one of those getting a garden started this year. Yay!

Celebrate Our Public Lands on Saturday, September 24th 2010

National Public Lands Day is the largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America's public lands that belong to us all. Last year, 150,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, planted trees and restored our water resources. The day of service isn't just about work—it includes conservation activities, awareness-raising, and of course going out to enjoy our public lands by hiking, biking, and playing outdoors.

Go to the National Public Lands Day website to find a location near you.