Earth Day 2013

Earth day ends up turning into earth week for us.  Since last year when we started a recycle bin and compost heap, we have become more mindful of what we buy, use and throw out.  This year we tried to take it to another level.  Here are some things we did last week for Earth Week!

Grow! Grow! Grow!
and recycle while you're at it too
I have to admit that we don't have much luck in growing veggies.  We try every year and every year nothing comes to fruition.  But, that hasn't stopped us yet!  Though we have decided to take a different approach by building a raised garden this year to help ensure better soil equaling (hopefully) some veggies!  Also, it's still pretty chilly here in Utah, so we started growing our plants inside the house.  Which I have to say, after only a week, is going great!  We already have sprouts!


We recycled used juice and rice milk cartons, cutting them in half and placing spout down to make a pot for our seeds to grow and flourish. So far these recycled pots are working way better than any pot we bought from the store. Once it quits freezing at night we will transfer them into the garden outside.




Endangered & Extinct Animals
The last few months Kiley and I have been studying an animal a week.  It's been really fun and interesting the odd things we have learned.  Instead of focusing on one animal we learned about many endangered animals and a few extinct ones.  DK Eyewitness Books has a good one we read full of information. animalfactguide.com is cool because you can click on a picture of an animal to learn about it and read why it's endangered.

We also learned the different types of pollution and how they effect an environment  We as humans have a huge impact on animals and their environment, something we should be mindful of.   


Clean That Mess Up!
We live very close to the Ogden River and enjoy it's walkway by either biking, walking, playing or fishing.  It's very beautiful and a hot spot for lots of Ogdenites.  Problem is, lots of people makes for lots of trash.  We focused mainly on the river bank and a little into the river, pulling out any trash we could find.  In about an hour we loaded up 4 trash bags.  The worst areas were by a park, which ironically has many cans for trash disposal.

Kiley was a great help!  She was all over the place jumping from bank to bank and fishing trash out of the cold river.  It was kinda crappy how much broken glass we found.  After we were done we sat down and watched the ducks and birds swimming and feeding nearby.




Recycling Crafts
Once again we went through the recycle bin and found items to reuse.

Bird feeder
Found this cool website: www.herecomesthesunblog.net that shows you how to make a bird feeder out of a soda bottle and a couple old spoons. We used a juice bottle which will hold for more seed.  I also had a busted up spoon that I had tried to fix with no avail, instead I gave up and used it on the feeder.


Tin Can Lanterns
This site: http://growcreative.blogspot.com shows you how to turn tin cans into lanterns.  We made a couple, but still are in the process of finishing them up.  Kiley had fun hammering away at the cans.


Give Up Meat
Consider going vegan or eating meat less often.
A couple months ago we started eating vegan.  At first it was a month experiment to see if we could do it.  We have enjoyed being meat free so much that we want to continue eating vegan for as long as we can.  It has improved our health in such a short amount of time and we have eaten a bunch of tasty meals!

We also were not fully aware how much eating meat impacts the environment in such a negative way.  These are 3 movies I watched that pretty much sealed the idea of going vegan: Vegucated, Hungry for Change and Earthlings.

Eating vegan isn't for everyone, but if you'd like to give it a try, I highly suggest these two websites for information and recipes!  Both have been very helpful and yummy!
http://www.vegancoach.com
http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com

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