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Today, April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day, an international holiday event.  This year marks the 31st year, as Earth Day was started in 1970.  Events are being held all over the world that promote awareness of the planet’s biggest needs, and to help show our appreciation for our natural environment and it’s resources.

Earth Day 2011 is themed A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN: Help save the planet, one act at a time, declare your act of green.  A billion sure seems like a lot…but it’s really about a billion people, doing their part with small steps.  We all have a stake in the earth, we all have the shared responsibility of caring for it.

The Earth Day Network invites you to declare an act of green on their Facebook page. To date, over 100 million simple Acts of Green have been declared: I will plant an herb garden, recycle all my electronics (responsibly), stop drinking and eating out of plastic, hang more laundry out to dry, shop weekly at the farmer’s market for fresh and local produce, etc. — the list of simple steps we can each take is abundant…easy…and affordable!

Get outside on Earth Day: All 394 U.S. National Parks have free admission now through Sunday April 24th. (NOTE: Many of our National Parks never charge an entrance fee but the 100+ that do will let you visit for free this week).

In our celebration of Earth Day this year, Melinda Anderson and I are attending the Greening Up The Mountains festival in Sylva, N.C., Saturday April 23rd, from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

We will be on hand to autograph our book, which is on SALE for only $5.00 on CD, look for us and learn how to Think Outside The Bin:  Discard your common household items…Help your neighbor, help your earth.

Vendors at the festival will include local artisans, community organizations, children’s activities, environmental education groups, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s youth talent contest and food vendors.

This year’s festival has three main focuses: environmental sustainability,importance of a strong local economy, and revival of native and heritage crafts and traditions. Stop by and see us in the Chartreuse Booth, C4.

Happy Earth Day…today and everyday!!

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