Happy Leap Day! If you need an excuse to get excited about the day - more than simply knowing it's Friday and the weekend is ahead - then why not celebrate the fact that you have an extra day this month. Today! I found an interesting website TimeAndDate.Com that provides a lot of interesting information about the Leap Year, which is a year in which an extra day is added to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the Sun.
Personally, I'm going to use my extra day today to get revvved up about my dreams, resolutions and goals. In 2008 my New Year Resolution is to show 'gratitude' for all my blessings by 'giving back', and one of the recipients is the environment. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I write about ways that we can help protect and preserve the environment - more specifically, how we can can 'give the boot to our Carbon Footprints', and reduce the threat of Global Warming.
With that in mind, I thought it would be useful to provide some reminders, and useful Website addresses for Earth Day and Arbor Day, which are right around the corner - as is the first day of Spring! So, if you need some fresh excuses to breath some life into your dreams, resolutions, and goals - and if you want to make a difference by taking action to reduce your Carbon Footprint, why not start today? Use these special dates and events to motivate and inspire yourself. January 1 doesn't have to be the only day to 'resolve' to change or to make dreams a reality. You can make and keep a New Year Resolution, virtually any day of the year. You just need to Open Your Mind, Dare to Dream, and Make A Decision To 'Go For It'! Make everyday New Year's Day!
Here are some inspiring dates and website links, particularly if you want to lend a hand to help the environment: The first day of Spring is right around the corner, 19 days away, on March 20. If you want to celebrate Earth Day 2008 - it's 52 days away on April 22. Arbor Day is another great way to celebrate the environment - it's 54 days away on April 25. Why not plant a tree this Spring? It's a great way to reduce your Carbon Footprint because trees absorb Carbon Dioxide (C02).
If you want to learn more, here are some great websites that are chock full of good information about Arbor Day, Earth Day and Climate Change:
Earth Day - April 22, 2008
- Earth Day Network
- Earth Day - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- World Wildlife Federation
- Earth Day - EnviroLink Network
- About.Com Earth Day - Washington, D.C., Maryland & Virginia
Arbor Day - April 25, 2008
- Arbor Day Foundation
- Wikipedia - Arbor Day
- Clean Air Gardening
- United Nations Environment Programme - Tree Planting
- Trees Are Good
- American Forests
Climate Change -Take Action Today!
- Clean Air-Cool Planet
- Carbon Footprint
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Personal Emissions Calculator
- Climatecrisis.net - An Inconvenient Truth
- Conservation International
- Direct.Gov.UK - Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
- Environmental Defense - Fight Global Warming
- Environmental Defense - 'How To Pick A Better Bulb'.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Department of Energy, Energy Star.
- ConservaStore - Light Bulbs.
- EnvironmentalLights.com - Light Bulbs.
- FastCompany.com - How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take To Change The World ( FastCompanyComLightBulbs.pdf ).
Remember: I Resolve To Achieve My New Year Resolutions, One Resolution, One Day At A Time For One Year. It's your choice. Do it today. Turn your resolution into reality in five simple, common sense steps: Dare To Dream, Decide, Define, Develop A Plan, and Do It Daily. Make your resolution a permanent Lifetime Resolution, something that's with you for good! Above all, Be A Resolutionista, someone who makes resolutions, keeps resolutions, and enjoys the journey! Let's Go For It!
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Kim M. Simpson - February 29, 2008
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