Recycle a Kitchen Sink or Just Have a Cocktail for a Tree

April 22, 2010

Around the State of Florida on Earth Day 2010

A glance at the big Florida newspapers reveals what information is being imparted to Floridians on this 40th celebration of Earth Day.

Easy As One:  The Tallahassee Democrat mentions this new public awareness campaign, led by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  The campaign encourages Florida residents to adopt more sustainable habits, and provides a list of easy actions to take.  These include actions in reducing waste, protecting air quality, conserving water (a big one in Florida!), and protecting water quality.  I have to give the DEP Secretary credit for using a photo of himself in a shorty (a short wetsuit.)

Girls Gone Green Earth Day Fair 2010:  Although this Earth Day Fair was held a day early in Jacksonville, it never-the-less spotlights an interesting group.  Girls Gone Green (no doubt a take on “Girls Gone Wild”) is a non-profit organization formed in 2006 to heighten people’s awareness about everything green. 

Don’t throw out that toilet!  Even the kitchen sink can be recycled:  This Orlando Sentinel article promotes the recycling of just about everything, including the kitchen sink.  It even provides information on what you can do with those paper-towel tubes, fabric scraps, and old ice cube trays.

Fourth-graders use 2, 150 water bottles to build greenhouse for Earth Day:  Innovative fourth-grade students in Tarpon Springs build a greenhouse out of plastic as their class project. 

On Earth Day, Salute the plants that make medicines possible:  Unique articles like this may be why the St. Petersburg Times is constantly voted the best newspaper in Florida.

Earth Day CalendarThe Miami Herald provides a short list of activities for the day, including free admission and Eco-Quiz at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  Or you can just have a cocktail at one of the participating locations, and in return a tree will be planted in India.

What an interesting state I live in.  Happy Earth Day!