Since 1970, April 22nd has been celebrated as "Earth Day," a day when people all over are reminded of the importance of standing up for this precious planet of ours, a day when we have the opportunity to find better ways of living that help to promote and preserve a cleaner, safer, and "greener" environment. What began as a sort of "fringe" movement has become a worldwide phenomenon as we all come to realize the harsh realities of disregarding our responsibilities as inhabitants of this one Earth. Here is a small but significant list of Ecology facts that should make us all stop and think (taken from PlanetPals.com):
The garbage in a landfill stays there for over 30 years.
Each gallon of fuel burned releases 20 pound of Carbon dioxide into the air.
Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced each year ends up in the ocean.
The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean each year.
Plastic takes over 500 years to break down.
As daunting as these statistics are, hope still springs eternal. We can all do our part in making a difference and supporting a greener world. Here are a few things you can do today to help make every day Earth Day (taken from 50 Ways To Help):
CHANGE YOUR LIGHT: If every U.S. household replaced one regular lightbulb with an energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulb, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road.
TURN OFF COMPUTERS AT NIGHT: By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day.
RECYCLE GLASS: Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent. If not recycled, glass can take a million years to decompose.
USE ONE LESS PAPER NAPKIN: If everyone in the U.S. used one less paper napkin every day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year.
RETHINK BOTTLED WATER: Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, ending up in landfills where it will take over 500 years to decompose. Switch to using washable water bottles.
USE RE-USABLE BAGS: Each year the U.S. uses 84 billion non-biodegradable plastic bags. Re-usable bags are stronger, inexpensive, and readily available.
PAY BILLS ONLINE: By some estimates, if all households in the U.S. paid their bills online and received electronic statements instead of paper, we'd save 18.5 million trees every year, 2.2 million tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.
So do your part to protect the 3rd rock from the sun...the one and only Earth we have, and lets all work together so that our children and their children will inherit a cleaner, greener planet!
This is the Stronghold of Legolopilis, founded by Mr. Jeromy on April 16th, 2009. Here you will find Lego-men of great honor, courage, and adventure. The Sheriff rides a noble black stallion, while the security forces ride the latest of sophisticated ATV models. A busy port for travelers and quest-seekers, one can find anything from cowboys
to astronauts, sailor merchants to horse wranglers, to crocodiles drinking from the shiny water fountains. For those of you with adventure in your blood and bravery in your hearts, your quest begins here, at the Stronghold of Legolopilis!
With only his imagination, wits, and a bin-ful of Legos, a boy can do anything and be anything!
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
~ John Muir
This past Sunday was the warmest it had been in months. So after attending Palm Sunday Mass, we decided it would be the perfect day to get out of the city and go on a family hike. We headed out to Gunpowder Falls State Park, a sprawling 18,000 acres of land made up of marshes and wetlands, along with steep rugged slopes, streams, and over 100 miles of trails. The four of us (me, Fred, Jeromy, and little Shiloh) walked along the Sweathouse Trail of the park, blazing a nearly 2-mile hike each way. The two-and-a-half hour hike took us on a beautiful journey through some of the most beautiful terrain. Although the trees were still a bit "winter bare," small flower seedlings could be seen sprouting here and there. Birds chirping away and the sound of the river and small streams created a melodious concerta, serenading us as we made our way deeper into woods. Jeromy found himself a nice walking stick, provided by a fallen tree whose branches littered the forest floor. He also managed to find what he calls a "really cool rock," which we decided to let him take home as a souvenir. Shiloh, who had never before been on a walk beyond the city limits, was in Beagle heaven, sniffing all sorts of new smells, and exploring a whole new environment. She was VERY surprised when we came across a horse along the trail! A very nice lady was riding a beautiful mare, and stopped to say hello to us. Shiloh looked at this great big horse, took a few steps back, and let out a deep Beagle howl, or bay as it is commonly called. The mare just turned to look at this little creature making all that noise, gave her a little sniff, and kept on walking. The horse wasn't the only animal we encountered; there were a lot of people with their dogs, and we even caught a glimpse of a black rat snake basking in the sun on a big boulder It was wonderful to watch Jeromy climbing slopes and huge rocks, hopping from rock to rock in the shallow parts of the riverbed, pointing out the family of ducks he glimpsed from a distance, and just enjoying himself to the fullest. He and his daddy talked endlessly about adventures, camping, hiking, etc... they both have many plans to go out and do more "rugged man stuff"! As for me, nothing could be more perfect than being out with my family on a beautifully warm and sunny afternoon. As we made our way back along the trail, with our muddied shoes and exhausted leg muscles, all we could talk about was how much fun we had, and we can't wait to go back!
For some, my name is Maria. For others, it's Andrelita... and for those select few who've known me since childhood, it's Maan. I'm a mom, devoted homeschooling teacher, wannabe writer, amateur but avid scrapbooker, certfied BOOK GEEK, crazy wife....and recently, AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER. I hope you enjoy these snapshots of I've taken from my everyday life, reflections from my looking glass.