We’re kicking off Earth Week here in South Bend. Earth Day/Arbor Day events are scheduled for this weekend with opportunities to suit every sort of environmentalist. To bolster that further, we’re promoting a “Screen Free Week” as well. The basic premise is to avoid the TV at all costs this week (which includes Hulu viewing on the laptop!!). We first heard the idea through the Simple Kids blog, which thankfully gives 20 tips for the week for those with children. In this way, we might explore, engage, and enliven our lives while reducing our electric consumption (at least in a small way). From the Screen Free website, “It’s a time to unplug and play, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend more time with family and friends.” If you can’t manage for the whole week, we do encourage limiting some of the screen time; every little bit helps.
Some additional items of note:
Be sure to check out KSBB’s booth at South Bend’s Celebration of Earth Day/Arbor Day this Saturday from 9:00am-2:00pm at Potawatomi Park. There will be activities aplenty including, from what we’ve heard, a lift bucket to get a bird’s eye view of the park and various bird nests.
Check out the official Earth Day website, which is promoting “A billion acts of green” this week. The website has many great tips for going green this week and offers visitors the option of making a public pledge to do something with an environmental twist. One such pledge we can’t support enough is to “minimize or eliminate driving” and to ride bikes or take public transportation as a substitute. Locally, South Bend has made great strides in promoting bike paths and trails, so use them! The more we do, the more (and better) paths/trails we’ll see.
Unity Gardens of Michiana has some great events planned for this weekend as well. Which includes plantings for Friday and organic gardening workshops from 9:00-3:00 on Saturday. They didn’t have an events page on their blog, but Facebook had them listed.
Hope to see you out doing something clean, green, or beautiful this week!