Happy Earth Day, MNN readers! Needless to say, you should strive to give Mother Nature a big fist bump in one way or another every day,
but today just happens to be the day to take it up a notch and celebrate. And by celebrate I mean putting yourself out there and taking action to improve your home, your community, your world. Or, take today to rest and reflect. How have you changed over the past year? What actions have you taken at home to tread more lightly on the environment? Will you be making any Earth Day resolutions
In addition to catching up on the below green home news links this Earth Day/Easter weekend, be sure to check out my recent community-centric Earth Day coverage. Recent posts include a story on how concerned residents banded together
to halt a major source of air pollution in my own Brooklyn neighborhood; a story on how residents on a street in Brighton, U.K., are keeping very public tabs
on household energy consumption; and a story on how a remarkable NYC-based environmental nonprofit is encouraging citizen activists to get involved and green their own communities
through a bit of old fashioned "reimagination."
I'll be back on Monday with a final Earth Day post about Big Green Theater
, a unique environmental education/community theater program. As always, thanks for reading and don't forget to keep Dude the Chocolate Easter Bunny
in your thoughts ...
The Miami Heralds resorts to potty talk
(paging Rand Paul) in an article that addresses common problems with low-flow toilets and how to fix/avoid them. For one, don't throw cigarette butts, lotto tickets, or paper towels down them, folks. Also, it helps to not use harsh, chemical cleaning products.
the environment impact of backyard chickens because, yes, even this advanced act of green living does come with consequences. Writes Sami Grover: "... I get a little nervous when folks start talking about backyard hens as a key element of 'self-sufficiency.' The way some greenies talk about them, it's almost as if these beautiful creatures offer a magical ticket to emission-free eating. Yet it's important to remember that pretty much nothing we do is without its environmental impact."
a new app for all of you waste-conscious Android users: iRecycle, an exhaustive, easy-to-navigate recycling resource that was previously only available to iPhone users.
The Daily Green announces
the 2011 Heart of Green Award Winners. On the list are "Local Heroes" Allison and Jillian Samowitz of Golden Beach, Fla. Super motivated and only 14 years old, the twin sisters are behind Proseed2Green
, an eco-organization with the mission "to develop environmental programs with community participation that will have a positive impact, locally and globally, and that are fiscally responsible." Congrats, ladies!
on how to clear out household clutter and crap using two key tools: patience and an open mind.
The Chicago Tribune uncovers
an unfortunate drawback to green buildings that boast abundant windows meant to bring in natural light and save energy: They act as avian death traps. According to the Tribune, the American Bird Conservancy and other groups are working with the USGBC to develop a pilot program that gives LEED-seeking architects points for migratory bird-friendly design.
none other than the flame-haired eco-advice giver herself, Umbra Fisk, to answer a burning question submitted from Deborah of New Bedford, Mass.: what's a good, green housewarming gift?
ReadyMade heads to the garden
, iPhone in one hand, shovel in the other, to review "5 DIY Gardening Apps You Can Actually Use." On the list: Garden to Do, The Vegetable Gardening Guide, Botanical Interests, iGrowit, and, last but not least, Bugs and Insects.