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April 22, 2009

Handle with care: As the earth goes, so do we

It’s Earth Day today and we don’t need a reminder how things could be better for Mother Earth. She’s like the mom who drank too much in her youth, smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and then up and decided to run a full marathon in 105 degree heat.

So take it easy on Mother Earth for more than one day and she’ll go easy on us. Find a way to recycle, buy less plastic and find creative ways to get through this life on earth. Have some hope.

By the way, Earth Day began in 1970 and it has its roots in the 1960s environmental movement. A Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin is credited with floating the idea to honor the earth as early as 1962. It came to head after the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill killed thousands of seabirds. The following spring, Earth Day was born.

Read the history of Earth Day: How the First Earth Day Came About

April 9, 2009

Green Apple Festival and Earth Day

Looking for Earth Day place to tap into your volunteer spirit? Check out the Green Apple Festival.

They have events all over the United States including San Francisco and Los Angeles. The events are from April 17-19, 2009.

November 12, 2008

Every breath you take: Thank ocean’s plankton

Every time you take a breath, thank the ocean and phytoplankton. At least half the world’s oxygen output comes from the sea by way of the tiny, drifting marine animals and plants called phytoplankton.

During photosynthesis, the microscopic lungs of the earth, phytoplankton use carbon and returns oxygen to the water and atmosphere. Not only does plankton provide O2, it also is the start of the food web that allows fish, birds and mammals to proliferate.

The group Greenpeace has a terrific “Lungs of the Earth” video underscoring this important aspect of the sea. The group is trying to remind us that oceans get too little credit for their oxygen production, as well as their capacity to absorb CO2.

Watch it:

Phytoplankton production is good indicator of environmental change, too much plankton can be deadly for birds and other animals. These blooms often result in domoic acid that affect animals central nervous systems.

The ocean is a balance, do your part by keeping it clean.

Also see:

Death bloom of plankton a warning on warming

Greenpeace campaign for the oceans

National Geographic: Phytoplankton

April 12, 2008

IBRRC joins Earth Day at Universal Studios

The Hollywood theme park that will soon give us the new Simpson’s ride “Krustyland” is set to host its Earth Day inspired Eco-Fair on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. International Bird Rescue will have a booth at the green themed fair located at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

They will be 30 interactive and educational displays, celebrity appearances, free parking for hybrid car owners and a hazardous waste disposal drive. The the Eco-Fair is part of NBC Universal’s ongoing “Green is Universal” campaign to help raise awareness and get consumers to save the environment.

By the way, the new Krustyland $40-million ride which opens May 17, will feature energy saving “on demand” hydraulic power systems and energy efficient lighting systems. Saving Doh! and the environment all in one swoop.

Read all about the fair here