Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Disney Give A Day Get A Day.......


It was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We had previously told everyone that we volunteered at an Animal Rehabilitation Center and thought we would help the animals for the day. We mostly shoveled a manure pile for over 4 hours, we did catch a few chickens and play with the goats for a few minutes.

We went to Disneyland with our Voluntear Tickets, we rode in the Grand Marshal's Car of the Voluntear parade and were in a special VIP box for the main parade. We also received Honorary Voluntear Pins when we entered the park. My family had the best time, I even got to dance with Goofy!!!!! I will post the video soon.

Even though the Give A Day Get A Day promotion is over yes 1 million people have already signed up, please continue to volunteer.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Earth Hour...March 27, 2010 8:30p.m. local time

Sorry we have been offline using our Give A Day Get A Day Tickets, we had an amazing time and will update a seperate post about our experiences tomorrow. We also have loads of posts and big ideas for Earth Day....

First we would like everyone to honor Earth Hour!!!!!!!!!!!!

Earth Hour - Logo



Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time) and is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet. So sign up now and let’s make 2010 the biggest Earth Hour yet!.


http://www.earthhour.org/Homepage.aspx?intro=no

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!!!!!


St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

There are many traditions and symbols associated with St. Patrick's Day and Ireland. Here are a handful of the most popular practices.

Shamrock

The shamrock as symbol of Ireland and St. Patrick's Day is partly due to the natural abundance of clover plants in the country, but largely due to its strong association with Christianity. According to Robert Mahony, Professor of English and member of the Center for Irish Studies at Catholic University, legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to visually illustrate the concept of the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) when trying to convert polytheistic pagans to Christianity.

"A clover is one plant with three leaves, but the three leaves are necessary to make it [complete]," explains Prof. Mahony. "[In Christianity,] God is three persons, but it's not the same as three gods." The simple analogy is thought to have helped non-Christians understand a fundamental element of the Christian religion, facilitating conversion.

It was through the retelling of this story that the shamrock became associated with St. Patrick and Ireland's conversion to Christianity. As a result, the shamrock is a widely used to commemorate Saint Patrick's Day, and in modern times has been appropriated by secular institutions as a symbol for the Irish.


Green So why do we all wear green?

Probably because you'll be pinched if you don't! School children started this tradition. Green is also the color of spring, the shamrock, and is connected with hope and nature. Historically, green has been a color used in the flags of several revolutionary groups in Ireland and as a result it appears in the official tri-color country flag, adopted in 1919.

In addition to that, Ireland is often called the "Emerald Isle" due to the lush natural greenery found on the island. Says Prof. Mahony, "One of the things that strikes people all the time is how Ireland is incredibly green--it's very far north, but it doesn't get frozen. When people say that 'Ireland has 40 shades of green,' they are right!"

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Are You Ready For Earth Day????????


40th Anniversary of Earth Day
April 22, 2010

Are you thinking about Earth Day Yet? We certainly are and we are just about ready to bring our ideas to you. Remember it is not necessarily the big things that can only make a difference all the little things add up too. On March 31, 2010 we will announce our plans and ideas for Earth Day 2010. We will dedicate the month of April to Earth Day ideas and celebrations. We hope you will start thinking and planning about things you can do at home, school, and in your community this Earth Day.....

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Join Pick 5 for the Environment..........


Do more to protect the environment by choosing at least five actions you'll commit to. Pick 5 also helps you identify more actions you can take in the future. G0 to http://www.epa.gov/pick5/


We Pledged Thursday, March 11, 2010.

http://www.epa.gov/pick5/

Monday, March 8, 2010

Thinking of Buying a New T.V.


The greenest TVs available today are LCD HD TVs with LED backlights, commonly referred to as LED TVs. The primary difference between LED TV and previous generations of LCD TV is that the CCFL backlight has been replaced by LEDs. The LED TV promises a 40% reduction in power consumption over last year's LCD TV models, making the new technology a greener alternative. They also offer higher light output and very high contrast ratios.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Did You Know????????


The United States makes up about 5% of the world's population, but we are consuming 30% of the world's resources and creating 30% of the world's waste.

Take a pledge of responsibility for taking care of and healing our planet. The greatest thing you can do to save the planet is to inspire someone else to care as deeply as you already do.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Frito Lay Cares for the Environment...........


Along with the amazing work they are doing with the SunChips brand Frito Lay has been taking strides to help the environment since 1939. They began reusing and recycling our shipping cartons. (1939)


At their Casa Grande, AZ plant they are working to cut our electricity and water by 90%. By early 2011, they will complete the retrofit to enable the Casa Grande plant to run almost entirely on renewable energy and recycled water while reducing waste going to the landfill to less than 1%. (2011)


Thinking About Buying A New Computer???????


If you and your family are considering buying a new computer, go with a laptop. They use as much as 90% less energy than a desktop computer. They run on a rechargeable battery and have energy saving features.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Recycle Tip....................


You produce about 4.6 pounds of waste daily, but only recycle 1.5 pounds of it.

Recycle one more pound every day for a week and save almost 2,000 tons of waste.

It all Adds Up!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Lorax.............


Dr. Seuss eco-tale 'The Lorax' hitting theaters in 3-D
'The Lorax', a Dr. Seuss story about the destruction of the environment, will be released as a 3-D animated feature in March 2012.

I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees! I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

The Lorax is one of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories, a cautionary tale about a businessman who clears a forest of all its Truffula trees despite warnings from the tree-loving Lorax. Once the trees are gone, the Lorax and all of the other creatures leave, even the fish, and the former forest becomes a sad wasteland.

It’s a story about how greed can lead to the destruction of the environment, and it’s coming to a whole new audience in March 2012 as a 3-D animated feature from Universal Pictures and Illuminated Entertainment.

Co-directed by Chris Renaud, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, the film’s March 2 release date falls on what would be the 108th birthday of Theodor Geisel, known to the world as ‘Dr. Seuss’.

While The Lorax is the only Dr. Seuss book with overt environmental themes — Geisel avoided writing anything with a clear moral — many of his books are thought to express his views on social and political issues. For example, Horton Hears a Who is an allegory for the American post-war occupation of Japan, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has an anti-materialism message. (COPYRIGHT © 2010 MNN HOLDINGS, LLC.)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Dr. Seuss Eco-Friendly .................................


In the words of Dr. Seuss in his book "The Lorax," "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

That's the mind-set behind the Kohl's Cares for Kids initiative that benefits children's health and education initiatives nationwide.

As part of that charity, Kohl's is offering affordable collector's editions of Dr. Seuss books and plush toy characters.

Building on the message of taking care of the environment outlined in "The Lorax," all four Dr. Seuss books are printed on 60 percent post-consumer recycled paper.

Adults can also learn about being eco-friendly with the "Green Book," by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen. The book includes celebrity anecdotes and is printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper.

Through April, Kohl's will offer the books at $5 each at Kohl's stores nationwide and online at Kohls.com. The plush toys are also $5 each.

The Dr. Seuss books include "The Lorax," "The Foot Book," "Oh the Thinks You Can Think" and "If I Ran the Circus."

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss..............



Happy 106th Birthday!!!!

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and cartoonist born on March 2nd in 1904. He was most widely known for his children's books written under the pen name Dr. Seuss.He published over 60 children's books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter. His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including eleven television specials, three feature films, and a Broadway musical.