Earth Day is April 22, 2011.
Earth Day founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson, organized a national environmental teach-in to educate people about environmental concerns in 1970 which became the first Earth Day. In 1990, Denis Hayes, the original national coordinator of Earth Day 1970, took the movement international by organizing events worldwide. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in varying degrees by numerous organizations around the world.
As a tribute to Earth Day this year, I will be publishing numerous posts on Earth Day activities, events, and what others are doing for this special day. My first post in this tribute is a blog meme with the following rules:
Create a new blog post and...
1. Link back to the person who invited/tagged you, and link back to this post.
2. List at least three books that inspired you to perform any sustainable living act or inspired you to live green, and then tell us why they inspired you. These books do not have to be about green living. Nonfiction and fiction apply.
3. Select at least three other blogs to invite/tag for the project and post a link to them. Let each of the invitees know they have been tagged by emailing them or posting a comment on their blog and linking them back to this post to get the rules.
4. Let the person who tagged you know when you have published your Earth Day Reading Project post.
5. All posts must be completed by midnight EDT April 23, 2011. If you are invited/tagged on April 23, 2011, then skip Rule #3 above. If you want, go ahead and do a shout-out to some blogs.
This project is a great way to celebrate Earth Day, share something different with your readers, and promote your blog. I will be following the posts and look forward to reading all of them.
Note: If, for any reason, you do not want to participate, email or post a comment back to the one who invited/tagged you politely declining the invitation. That blogger can, then, invite someone else.
The Books That Inspired Me
Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. What inspired me most about this book is the healing nature of the garden. When I began to see how plants and flowers offer refuge, sanctuary, and beauty, I could then see the importance of offering reverence and consideration towards the environment.
Choose to Reuse by Nikki & David Goldbeck. This book offers reuse options for various products. When I first read this book, I began to realize how easy it is to find multiple uses for common household items and to find resources for used items.
50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth by The Earthworks Group. This is a book that was very popular in the 90's especially after the impactful Earth Day 1990 celebration. A massive green movement ensued, and this book was one of the mainstays. I found this book to be very inspiring with its simplicity and ease of use. The suggestions are sound. Every now and then I go through this book to see what other thing I can incorporate as a practice.
My Earth Day Reading Project Blog Invitations
Here are some great blogs and bloggers to get us started:
A Green Earth - a blog by an artist discovering sustainable living
Asea Aranion - Healing and Death - a blog about gardening in Singapore
Eden's Container - a blog by a writer and gardener
Gardens Eye View - a blog about the soul of life and gardening
Garden Walk Garden Talk - a blog celebrating the beauty and creativity of gardening
Gardener's Watch - a blog about a citraphile and gardener living in Texas
Gardening and Cleaning - a blog offering professional tips on cleaning and gardening
The Gardening Blog - a blog by two gardeners with two very different gardens
Hurtling Towards 60 and Beyond - a blog chronicling gardening while moving towards 60
Improving on the Silence - a blog about the daily life of a mom, photographer, writer
Law of the Land - a blog about a lawyer who'd rather be a gardener
Living as Herby - a blog about living in harmony with nature
My Nice Garden - a blog about gardening in Malaysia
My Secret Garden - a blog about gardening and traveling
The New Adventures of Hemlock Hollow - a blog chronicling the journey of a homesteader in the city
Planticru Notes - a blog about gardening in Scotland
Polka Dot Galoshes - a gardening blog with an organic and frugal flair
Southern Meadows - a blog about gardening and garden wildlife
Viggies Veggies - a blog about urban homesteading
Wall Flower Studio - a blog by an artist and gardener
©Michelle A. Potter