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Earth Day 2008 - What did you do?

So long as the human species inhabits the Earth, proper management of its resources will be the most fundamental issue we face. Our very survival will depend upon whether or not we are able to preserve, protect and defend our environment. We are not free to decide about whether or not our environment "matters." ~ Gaylord Nelson, 1980, for the EPA Journal.

In the years that have passed since the planner/founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson began his quest to involve those who live on our earth try to save it; many positive efforts have been made. However, there is one important thing that remains the same. In order to preserve our planet, WE must do something. As another Earth Day has passed, we at the GeoCommunity encourage every member to get involved with the preservation of our planet. If you are not sure what to do, or where to begin, look into your local community activity bulletin boards or check out The EarthDay Network: www.earthday.net there are many informational resources, photos, blogs, and even a link to earth day tv! Take time to educate yourself and those around you. Be that person who reminds everyone to recycle, reduce and reuse. Encourage those in your office to do the same. Managers, why not do a little “creative teambuilding” and have monthly or even weekly contests? (www.earthday.net also has event planning tools) Why not try and convince the whole office to donate some time, perhaps a casual Friday, to go out into the community and participate in local environmental events. Let’s help make saving our planet a priority everyday!

No matter what you do, just do something. Even the smallest action can create a positive reaction. We would like to hear about your planet preserving activities. Please send us and email with details or pictures of your Earth Day or every day activities that make an impact. The person sending the email that exhibits the most innovative and interesting activities will receive a copy of GEO-Business GIS in the Digital Organization by James B. Prick. Please send your emails to editor@geocomm.com no later than April 27, 2008. Once we decide the winner, we will feature the winning “activity” on our site. We expect a lot of emails from everyone in the GeoCommunity! Make your mother earth proud!

For those of you who would like a little history lesson on Earth Day, check out:
http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/earthday/index.htm



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