Sunday, April 19, 2015

Everyday Can Be a Green Celebration

When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.—Aldo Leopold

Earth Day is celebrating its 45th birthday this Wednesday. Since 1970, there has been enormous environmental changes due to the first Earth Day's sweeping green awakening. In 1980, I was a national and D.C. Earth Day organizer. Today our world is in delicate balance. This Earth Day we need to be engage in our planet's life support systems - planting seeds of future prosperity.

Earth Day now has to happen everyday with clean-ups, educational activities, tree plantings, and other green acts.   Each one of us can better our lives by honoring our Earth, seas, and skies.  

Everyday we can deepen our connection with the natural world, the cycles of life, and the rhythms of nature. This is greatest step toward higher self care. 

Each day we can show our thanksgiving for our home, this planet.  Increasing our gratitude gives us a richer life. Invoking daily appreciation for our earth promotes of individual joy. This also awakens us to how all things are interconnected. Such gratitude gives us insight that our survival is about the greater whole.  And, this green awakening fosters increased life-affirming and life enhancing opportunities.

Simple green action are as simple as wisely conserving and doing more with less. The more efficient we use our resources the greater promotes ecological excellence. Establishing healthier relationship with our planet is a win/win enterprise benefiting all things. Everyday you can walk or bike.  Any way we can better this planet directly betters yourself, and all aspects of your life. 

45 years ago recycling was introduced into our vocabulary. Now we must follow the example of those chasing arrows. Give and you shall get. May you enjoy this day and every other one with a new prospects for this Earth. Everyday when you show greater love for your world you may celebrate planetary love returning back to you! 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Trees, Jobs and Conservation

Each year on this planet we lose forests the size of Germany. This earth needs more trees to give us new oxygen, water and share.

82 years ago Franklin Roosevelt kick off one of his first New Deal program called the Civilian Conservation Corps and its first camp was in my home town, Edinburg, Virginia.  Two million men were employed and planted almost three billion trees.    

Conservation industries generate over 8.5 million jobs and nearly $1 trillion in annual revenue in the United States, and represent some of the fastest growing sectors in our economy. However, the many other forms of conservation that is not accounted for.

Did you know that George Washington being our nation’s first composter ( and surveyed the valley were I live.  In his name a century ago the George Washington Forest was created for our benefit.  

The GW forest acts as a huge water treatment system purifying our drinking water. For example, water resources in the George Washington National Forest serve an estimated 8,452 residents just within the Shenandoah County. Yearly our GW Forest generated billions of dollars in timber, tourism, and other environmental benefits.

This valley’s forest acts as a giant filtration system for the entire larger watershed helping purify our water, air and land. In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people. Also trees lessens nature’s runoff and holds soil in place while filtering pollutants and recharging our earth. Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

We all profit from pollution prevention. Civilian conservation incorporates compassion, diligence, respect, courage, tenacity, and gratitude.  These liberating virtues strengthen our connection leading to higher levels of excellence. We all prosper cultivating healthier relationship. Caring for the land, we collectively tap into a expanded forms of happiness. Celebrate how civilian conservation creates new community and possibilities. Conserving is not just a return on our investment, however, a greater return of our investment. Come honor our legacy so and plant new seeds for the future prosperity.  

Below is some interesting information

…Virginia's forests provide a renewable natural resource that extends from harvesting timber to natural beauty…The importance of forests in cleansing the air, purifying our water, providing products, and fostering recreation opportunities must be embraced as we advance into the 21st century.

-From the strong industrial base worth $17 billion in annual total economic output to a wide-ranging array of forest related values worth $5.1 billion annually, forests in Virginia are healthy and diverse, yet are changing due to socioeconomic pressures.
-The forest resource of the Commonwealth:Continues to support one of the largest manufacturing industries in the state, ranking first in employment, wages and salaries.
-Contributes $345 million back to Virginia landowners for selling their timber.
-Provides more than $3 billion in recreational opportunities to two-thirds of citizens.
-Generates more than 103,000 jobs.
-Generates an estimated $60 million through specialty forest products.
-Protects Virginia watersheds from erosion and sedimentation.
-Provides long-term carbon sequestration through forest management on 16 million acres of forest land, which contributes to clean air and enhances our quality of life. Carbon sequestration is the long-term storage of carbon in the terrestrial biosphere (such as trees), underground, or the oceans so that the buildup of carbon dioxide (the principal greenhouse gas) concentration in the atmosphere will reduce or slow.
-Provides important social benefits including attractive sites for homes, scenic beauty, wildlife habitat, a draw for visitors and potential new residents.
-The growth of the forest products industry has resulted in a strong economy. A continuing high level of management and protection is needed to maintain this invaluable forest resource now and for future generations.