Friday, April 8, 2011

Earth Day Reading Project - Blog Meme



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

61 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shout out. I really must get writing I think. I too read the 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth. I am involved with another blog on doing an Earth Day post and hope to have the time to join in here. This sounds like a very wonderful and worthwhile meme.

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  2. I am so excited to take part in this! Thanks for the shout out and the invite. I'm looking forward to sharing some of my most favorite and inspiring sustainable-living reads =)

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  3. Hi there! At first I thought you were participating in the blog meme Jan at Thanks for Today started but then I see you started your own. I'll be posting in Jan's meme next week but will link to this post too so I can include you in it. I must try out that last book. It's the small things that really count.

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  4. Thanks for including me in this project and look forward to contributing.

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  5. Hi gardenwalkgardentalk. I am glad to offer a shout-out to your blog. I am looking forward to reading about your book selections. Thanks for joining in.

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  6. Hi Julia. I am happy you are excited to join in. It will be fun to read your post with your selections. Thanks for joining in.

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  7. Hi Tina. I enjoyed participating in Jan's sustainable living project. It is an outstanding idea! Thank you for joining in the Earth Day Reading Project as well!

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  8. Hi Greenearth! I am glad to give your blog a shout-out. Thanks for joining in.

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  9. What an interesting, well-thought-out meme. I look forward to reading the responses. Check out Jan's sustainable living post where I am giving away one of the books that influenced me. P x

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  10. Thank you, Pam. I enjoyed contributing to Jan's excellent sustainable living project. She is offering some great giveaways.

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  11. Great links, working my way thought them now. Thank you for including me!

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  12. Hi Viggie! It is my pleasure. Thanks for joining in. I really enjoy reading your blog.

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  13. Hello Sage Butterfly,
    I am so busy and stressed out right now with my daughter starting daycare and going back to work that I'm afraid I will probably not get around to a formal post.... but the two books that came to mind are My Side of the Mountain and The Lorax. My Side of the Mountain is about a boy who goes to live in the woods. I loved this book as a young adult, and just thinking about it now makes me feel a certain peace and reverence towards nature. The Lorax is a Dr. Seuss book about the importance of preserving natural resources and the problem with greed. It too offers good lessons for kids and adults alike.
    Thank you for thinking of me. This is such a creative and interesting idea.
    Happy (early) Earth Day!

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  14. Thank you, Ginger. I, too, remember My Side of the Mountain. What an incredible adventure? I felt a sense of peace also as he wandered his way through the forest...and somehow I knew he would be fine. And The Lorax is typical of Dr. Seuss--having fun with a message. Thank you for sharing and participating. Happy Earth Day!

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  15. I could not think of a more splendid way to celebrate this auspicious day! I am really looking forward to sharing and reading. I can't possibly imagine just three books... teehee. Much gratitude, Sage Butterfly!

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  16. Thanks for joining in, MagicDogberry. I look forward to reading your post and learning which books inspired you.

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  17. A school nearby is building a bottle greenhouse. I'm not convinced of their beauty and would rather we didn't have so many bottles to spare - but it's an interesting idea.

    Esther

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  18. Thanks for stopping by, Esther. I, too, think it is an interesting idea and inspiring--even if only it gets people to think about all those trashed bottles.

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  19. I've posted my picks. Thanks for the invite...
    http://gardeningsoul.blogspot.com/2011/04/earth-day-reading-project.html

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  20. The Gardening Blog invited me to join in and I wanted to let you know I've posted my three recommendations. This was fun, as I love to read and I look forward to seeing what others recommend.

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  21. @Karin / Southern Meadows

    I am so glad you could join in. I read your post, and they are great reads. Happy Earth Day!

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  22. @HolleyGarden

    I am so glad you enjoyed it. I am going to go over and read your post now. I am looking forward to it. Thanks for joining in and happy Earth Day!

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  23. I have posted about the project at:
    http://gardenseyeview.com/2011/04/18/earth-day/#comment-1524

    Hope you enjoy it

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  24. @Donna
    Thank you for participating, Donna. I read your very thoughtful post, and I think I am going to re-read some of your choices. Great post!

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  25. Actually I was coming here to invite myself when I suddenly remember that you have invited me to join this meaningful blog meme. Thank you very much for putting my blog in your list. I'll prepare a post before the dateline is over.

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  26. Finally got my list together, and it's probably not what people would expect. Great meme!

    http://www.itsnotworkitsgardening.com/2011/04/its-different-my-earth-day-reading-list.html

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  27. My post is up now, the link is as follows:
    http://www.mynicegarden.com/2011/04/earth-day-reading-project-blog-meme.html
    I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my new 'recruits' can join in.

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  28. Hi Sage Butterfly - Thank you so much for including me. My post is now live at: http://www.thegardeningblog.co.za/gardening/earth-day-reading-project/

    Happy Earth Day!

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  29. Many thanks for this opportunity, and here's my addition! I decided not to put the pressure on others with only a day left~ I know I wouldn't appreciate it, ha!... my life got the best of me these last few weeks. Happy Earth Day!!

    http://thenewadventuresofhemlockhollow.blogspot.com/2011/04/earth-day-dreaming-and-doing.html

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  30. @Autumn Belle And what a lovely post it is. I enjoyed it very much!

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  31. @Alan It was different...good different. Your selections were interesting, and I am interested in checking them out.

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  32. @Christine @ The Gardening Blog I enjoyed your post very much. Thank you for joining in.

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  33. @MagicDogberry I read your post and it was great. Life gets the best of me from time to time, too.

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  34. I've done the meme. It's quite short, but I hope to get the word out a bit by it as well. Thank you!

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  35. Great idea! Here's my list: http://southofsunnybrook.blogspot.com/2011/04/sustainable-reading.html

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  36. What a great idea! Thanks for your work in organizing this. I heard about it through Jean P. at Jean's Garden, and have posted here: http://microcosm-in-the-q.blogspot.com/2011/04/self-balancing-act.html.

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  37. I didn't know about the request for inspiring and influential books, but I'd like to add Doug Tallamy's book Bringing Nature Home about how we all can help maintain the local food web and balance of nature by using native plants. The book is engaging and full of great science.

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  38. Everyone has such diverse and interesting books to talk about! I've posted mine at Gardening with Binoculars! Thanks for sponsoring this Earth Day event.

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  39. @aseaaranion Your selected reads were interesting and inspiring. I specifically thought it unique to have included books on shamanism because shamanism is a path of balance and healing. Great idea! Thanks for joining in.

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  40. @Becky What a great list of reads! So creative and so inspiring. Thanks for joining in.

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  41. @Stacy I read your post and enjoyed it very much. I am so glad you could join in. Thank you!

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  42. @Commonweeder Thank you for offering such a great read to the project. This is a very helpful and inspiring book. Happy Earth Day!

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  43. @Anne McCormack Don't they? I am enjoying reading all these selections very much. So many books have been added to my reading list with your selection as well. What a great choice! Thank you for joining in.

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  44. My Earth Day post is here:

    http://www.bambooandmore.info/2011/04/earth-day-2011.html

    Thank you for getting this started. I've thoroughly enjoyed perusing other bloggers' reading lists.

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  45. Sage - while I'm not the most prolific reader in the world, I did want to post a shout out to your meme: http://thebunniesbuffet.blogspot.com/2011/04/earth-day-lots-of-smart-people-out.html

    Congratulations on the great participation!

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  46. Sage Butterfly,

    Thanks for this wonderful look into the inspirations of a healthier life and planet. I'm very happy that your meme found it's way to me and that I was able to participate. I look forward to next year already!

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  47. I just wanted to say that I have so enjoyed this wonderful meme. I both posted and have read so many other postings and I have learned so much along the way about other bloggers, the choices they are making and now have mountains of books to read over the coming months. Thanks so much for this thought provoking exercise.

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  48. Great Post :D
    thought you might like my machinima film the butterfly's tale~
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1fO8SxQs-E
    Bright Blessings
    elf ~

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  49. @Gerhard Bock I am so glad you enjoyed it. It is nice to know another Moosewood cookbook lover.

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  50. @Elephant's Eye You had a very interesting and unique set of books as your selections. I enjoyed reading your post very much.

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  51. @Shyrlene It was so thoughtful of you to include so many fellow bloggers in your list. They have so much to offer.

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  52. @ScottHokunson I am so glad you were able to participate as well. And I am very happy to know that you found inspiration through it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  53. @Marguerite I am very happy you enjoyed it. Like you, I have learned so much about some bloggers through their choices and have a long list of books for reading--The Golden Spruce being one of them.

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  54. @Celestial Elf Thank you for sharing this film. It has a very important message.

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  59. I agree with the day the earth. This is a good thing to remind everyone to always take care of their environment in order to save the earth from the global warming. I will always support the existence of this earth day.

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