Earth Day Around the World and in Your Back Yard

Who's doing what and what you can do

| April 20, 2006

Against the backdrop of rising sea levels, an onslaught of natural disasters, and threats to the world's food and water supply, Earth Day 2006 can be a time when everyone pitches in to help the planet.

There is a plethora of web-based information for the concerned environmentalist on Earth Day. The Earth Day Network is a good starting point, offering educational and organizational materials, a directory of local events, and a quiz to determine your personal ecological footprint. If you can't find events in your community there, Zerofootprint has a calendar of eco-friendly events worldwide and year-round.

On the business front, Timberland, already the makers of environmentally friendly products, has big plans for Earth Day 2006. The apparel company recently announced plans to create one of the top 50 largest solar installations in the world for its Ontario, California, distribution center. More than 140 events are planned in 26 countries to commemorate the occasion, including a trail cleanup in the San Bernardino National Forrest.

If you want Earth Day tips on things you can do on your own, check out Mother Earth Living. The editors of this environmental clearinghouse have put together a list of 10 ideas for how you can help the environment this year. Suggestions range from turning garbage into garden soil by composting, to simply checking tire pressure to improve your car's gas mileage.

Go there >>Earth Day Network

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