An indoor (or backseat) childohood does reduce some dangers to children; but other risks rare heightened, including risks to physcial and psychological health, risk to the child's concept and perception of community, risk to self-confiidence and the ability to discern true danger—and beauty.
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!
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.
It's Earth Day, for the 39th time. The chilly, overcast weather here in NYC is not very conducive to getting out there and enjoying our planet. We've already been out for an 8am soccer game.
There are official Earth Day events here in NYC—you can get details at the Earth Day New York website. Some of them are indoors, at Grand Central Terminal.
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.
I was going to post every day from Maine, but... I have a hundred ideas for posts to catch up on, but... I have thousands of photos of kids, nature, and kids in nature, but...
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.
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!
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.
Summer is getting hot, hot, HOT and every New Yorker can help protect our growing, green neighbors by watering them.
Here are some tips from Million Trees NYC about the best ways to help street trees while conserving water:
Or should that be "against climate change?"