Archive for April, 2008

The Lorax and Earth Day

In honor of my daughter and her love for Dr. Seuss, I think the Lorax says it all about Earth Day. The Lorax Project was officially launched today to help the rainforests in Madagascar, Brazil and China. Here’s the article in USA Today by Daniel Horgan and here’s the website.

Happy Earth Day!

Green Librarian

I almost forgot, King Corn and Twinkie, deconstructed

I must say, between “King Corn” (movie) by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis and “Twinkie, deconstructed” (book) by Steve Ettlinger, I have been enlightened on corn. I highly recommend both. I’m still trying to finish up Twinkie, deconstructed but I managed to see King Corn last night on Independent Lens (PBS) and it was very good.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Updates on a couple of species

I just came across a couple of articles this morning on the continuing sagas of bees and polar bears.

The first is from the Grist via the Associated Press. It’s entitled “Feds Seek More Time for Decision on Listing Polar Bears” by Dan Joling. So here’s hoping!

The other article is “Bee Colonies Continue to Decline” at ENN. Also, you might want to check out the websites here and here if you’re interested in helping out the bees.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

What an Earth Day!

It was a good time had by all. I took my three kids out for the day to our Earth Day Festival in Forest Park in St. Louis. We also stopped by the Zoo on the way in and out. We definitely got our exercise for the day. After we got home, my daughter and I also got a chance to check out our neighborhood garden (down by the local school) and we also went looking for butterflies.

At the end of the day, I gave my oldest son a toy giant squid, my daughter a toy leatherback and my youngest son a toy jelly fish. They enjoyed playing with them in the bathtub that night.

Just a little sidebar, last year I took the two older kids out to Babler State Park where we made recycled paper, a toy lorax and took a environmental quiz. The grand finally was watching the Lorax.

I can’t wait till Earth Day next year.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Two by two

I thought I would post a few articles today on some species here in the United States, in honor of the all species parade that is held every year at Earth Day in St. Louis.

This first one is for our night time friends and is entitled “Bats Perish, and No One Knows Why” by Tina Kelley over at the New York Times. I have seen several articles over the last few months on the plight of bats and this is the most recent.  

Here’s an article on one of natures most beautiful animals (and in honor of my late friend Bob Yourko) the wolf. It’s from the AP entitled “Wolves to Removed from Endangered Species List” by Matthew Brown courtesy of Live Science.

On some more positive notes, here are two more upbeat stories. This first article is entitled “Camera Spots Wolverine in Sierra Nevada” by Steve Lawrence via Physorg.

Second, there is a “New Proposal for Canada Lynx Habitat” by Catherine Tsai at the AP courtesy of the Boston Globe.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Since Earth Day is just around the corner…

If you’re looking for a way to make a difference or just celebrate Earth Day, I thought I suggest these articles:

First, this is a small company that actually motivates you to recycle. The article is entitled “RecycleBank, The Recycling Program That Pays You Back Heading to Europe” by Collin Dunn at Treehugger. The title is a bit misleading but worth the time.

Next, here’s the ultimate in harvesting rainwater entitled “Household Rainwater Harvesting” over at Ecospace. This is something I need to do to our house.

Third, ever want to be a scientist, well here’s your chance. “Be a Citizen Scientist With Project BudBurst” over at Science Daily. Go get ’em.

Finally, for those in need of a little therapy, try this article, “Farm Therapy is Effective Mental Health Treatment” by Josh Loposer. As the father of a five year old who loves horses, I highly recommend this article.

Happy Earth Day!

Green Librarian

Lets start off with another turtle story

This article, “Turtles to be Climate Change Canaries” comes from the World Wildlife Foundation via ENN. There’s also a website.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian