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Celebrating Earth Month…One step at a time

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Happy Earth Month from the Sustainable Cities team! While Earth Day isn’t until April 22nd, we must spend some time this month to think about what this celebration of the natural environment means for us, staunch urbanites.

Like many environmental initiatives, Earth Day was actually proclaimed by a city – San Francisco, California - and the occasion was celebrated with other US cities in 1970. Earth Day went international in 1990, and now it’s celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.

What can you do? It doesn’t have to be grand and it doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. Just take a small step every day... literally.  As sustainable city-philes, one thing we can do is commit to leaving our cars at home this month (or week) and walk, bike, or take public transportation to work (taxis don’t count!).

Here’s my resolution: Since I’m fortunate enough to already walk to work every day, I’m resolving to take no trips by car or taxi this month – I’ll stick with the Metro and the bus.

What’s the big deal with walking? Walking offers benefits not only for the environment, but also for our communities, our bottom lines, and our…bottoms. According to walkscore.com:

  • A study by the University of Utah found that the average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 6-10 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.
  • Cities with good public transit and access to amenities promote happiness.
  • Cars are the second largest household expense in the United States.
  • Studies show that for every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, time spent in community activities falls by 10%.

Now it’s your turn: This challenge to walk more for Earth Month/Week/Day may not be doable for everybody, depending on where you live. But it’s not the only option. What simple change can you make? Add your comment and give us all some good ideas for making our cities – and our planet – more sustainable!

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Earth Month Network would like to extend a warm word of thank for encouraging communities to engage in becoming sustainable. The process can be long and complex but nothing comes to ease, but not doing so has its price. Sustainability is not a modern term. It is the ability to sustain, and was used approximately 6038 years ago and then put in writing by 1513 BCE. It is the natural process of nature and natures laws for mankind on the earth; how to live and survive and to care for and have respectful dominion over the earth. This natural process was never meant to change nor has it. We have the means of which to do this better today but we fall miserably short due to the inability to have self-control which leads to personal and corporate greed. Sustainability ion government, corporations and business is not much different, though they should work together. It is a more defined process of finances, environmental health and safety in a business setting, establishes a core value for business sustainability. It is the process of which a business contributes to and does not take away from the natural sustainability process. We hope everyone becomes engaged in Earth Month activities this April, and carry them out for the year. EMN is on a campaign to eradicate environmental apathy through awareness, knowledge, education, stewardship and activism. A key element to the process is for States to develop Environmental Education K-12. We are seeking corporate partners to partner with the various states and for EMN sponsors and partners for this valuable initiative. Please see our website for more information. Have a Happy Earth Month! Sincerely, Brad Follett, Founder/President Earth Month Earth Month Network P.O. Box 8038 Phoenix, AZ 85066 www.Earth-Month.org

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