Earth Day

Earth Day – uh! What is it good for?

Earth Day – uh! What is it good for?

Of course, the next line of Edwin Starr’s iconic anti-war anthem is “Absolutely nothing.” If you take a look at the incoming press releases I’ve received for the past month or so, you might conclude that’s an appropriate judgment for the current manifestation of Earth Day: brands and companies have latched onto it as their opportunity to show their commitment to the environment. If that “commitment” doesn’t involve addressing a company’s main environmental impact, well, you know, look the other way, and take one of these reusable shopping bags with our logo on it.

Simplifying Earth Day 2011: Picnic for the Planet

Simplifying Earth Day 2011: Picnic for the Planet

The first Earth Day in 1970 centered on political activism. In recent years, the event often mirrors something closer to a combination of a state fair and a trade show. Nothing wrong with that: these events likely bring out a much more diverse mix of people than the earliest gatherings. At the same time, current Earth Day celebrations tend to focus on the celebration… even if directly connecting with the natural world gets moved down the list of priorities.

How to measure a green building

How to measure a green building

Omega Center for Sustainable Living, Rhinebeck, NY
Yesterday was Earth Day and the blogosphere was abuzz with all the handy, dandy and most often meaningless catchphrases that abound in our newly environmentally conscious world (see, I just dropped one myself). Keep in mind that however good Earth Day is at making more people more aware of their environment (I saw a homeless man use one of his own plastic bags at a deli counter), it was invented by an ad man, just like Valentine’s Day and Secretary’s Day (now Administrative Assistant’s Day). So if you want to join in the fun of hyphenating your words with eco- and green- take a minute to learn what it really means.
Kroon Hall in Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT
Lesson 1: Architecture. The AIA (American Institute of Architecture) recently announced the Top Ten Green Buildings of 2010. But before we take a look at the winners, let’s go over the criteria:

Lets focus on the sun on Earth Day

Lets focus on the sun on Earth Day

Today is the 40th anniversary of “Earth Day” and I think it’s kind of crazy that we have to hold a global day in honor of the planet that keeps us, you know, alive. As a species, are humans so self-destructive that we need to have an actual holiday to celebrate and remind us to…

Earth Week action: join a crop mob

Earth Week action: join a crop mob

Got plans for Earth Day? No doubt there’s a celebration or two nearby… if you’re not sure about what’s going on your area, check out the Earth Day Network’s events search. You’ll likely find events featuring educational demonstrations, product and service displays, or even activism opportunities.

But what about a chance to get your hands dirty… you know, with earth.

Earth Week insight: Robert Redford interview in On Earth

Earth Week insight: Robert Redford interview in On Earth

While the list of Hollywood environmentalists continues to grow, few have been involved in the movement longer or more consistently than Sundance founder Robert Redford. As such, NRDC’s On Earth chose to publish an interview with Redford late last week in which he reflects on the first Earth Day forty years ago, his own environmental awakenings, and how the movement to protect and conserve our natural resources has developed, changed, and even taken some detours since 1970.

Robert Redford: the importance of Earth Day

Robert Redford: the importance of Earth Day

Image: NASA On its 39th anniversary, Earth Day still feels vital to me, but I know that some of you out there think that its time has passed. Every day should be Earth Day, you say. Choosing just one, single day to say you care about the planet we call home — what good is…

Earth Day Design: the RainXchange rainwater harvesting system

Earth Day Design: the RainXchange rainwater harvesting system

Earth Day provides us with an opportunity to both reflect and act on our desire to use the planet’s resources in a sustainable manner. As we’ve noted in numerous posts, water may be the one resource we should focus on more, individually and collectively. No doubt, many of you have water-saving activities planned; a few…

Want to Be Featured in our Upcoming Web Series THE GOOD FIGHT?  Tell Us Your Story!

Want to Be Featured in our Upcoming Web Series THE GOOD FIGHT? Tell Us Your Story!

If there’s a problem in your area or if you are working to solve a problem in your community we’re interested to learn more. We want Eco-mmunity to be a place where users can find one another, share information and hopefully solve problems together. Simran Sethi’s upcoming original web series, THE GOOD FIGHT, is devoted…

Whole Foods Markets Will Phase Out Plastic Bags by Earth Day

Whole Foods Markets Will Phase Out Plastic Bags by Earth Day

AUSTIN, Texas, January 21, 2008 (ENS) – Whole Foods Market announced today that it will end the use of disposable plastic grocery bags at the checkouts in all of its 270 stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. with the goal to be free of plastic bags by Earth Day, April 22, 2008. “Central…

A Dash of Humor for the Sake of Green Fun

A Dash of Humor for the Sake of Green Fun

It’s two days after Earth Day, and that means we want to keep you talking about the environmental movement. There is no better way to get people excited about a topic than through a little green humor. During the filming of BIG IDEAS FOR A SMALL PLANET, we recorded a number of interviews that ended…

Earth Day 2007: Celebrating the Planet on Sunday

Earth Day 2007: Celebrating the Planet on Sunday

This coming Sunday (April 22) is Earth Day, which, you may be thinking, is a holiday tailor-made for TreeHuggers and other greenies everywhere, but TreeHugger has an interesting relationship with Earth Day. On the one hand, it’s great that there’s a day dedicated to bringing the world together to make our Earth a greener, healthier…