Earth Day 2012 – Mobilize the Earth is coming up on April 22nd. There will be big events and organized activities all over the world to observe the day. In the United States, the main event will be at the National Mall in Washington D.C. with concerts, high-profile speakers, exhibits, and educational workshops aimed at mobilizing all of us to do our part for the environmental movement. Check out the Earth Day website to find out more about the rally in Washington D.C. and where things are going green for Earth Day in other areas of the country and globally.
Going Green for Earth Day
For this week’s Travel Photo Thursday, this selection of photos is all about being “green” for Earth Day — in one way or another.
On my desert road trip in October, I passed through the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farms in the Mojave Desert where clean, renewable energy is being produced.
From the Earth
It’s encouraging to find more and more farmer’s markets in cities across the country selling local organic produce. This photo was taken at the very popular Ferry Building Farmer’s Market in San Francisco. In Houston, I was very impressed with the work that an organization called Urban Harvest is doing to support farms and urban gardens. They organize various farmers markets throughout the city, including the City Hall Farmer’s Market that I visited.
What on Earth?
While walking in downtown Houston recently, I snapped this photo in front of an office building. I didn’t see any kind of plaque describing what it was about, but it seems to scream “green!” to me. I’d like to know more about it, but I can’t find any information. People in Houston, can you help me to identify this?
Let There Be Energy Efficient Light!
The traditional Norwegian Pine at Trafalgar Square in London each holiday season is entirely lit with energy-efficient bulbs.
The Ultimate Eco-friendly Train
It’s nice to know that even Las Vegas can be eco-friendly. This train in the Bellagio Hotel’s Conservatory is certainly do its part to control CO2 emissions. Seriously, it seems that there are an increasing number of existing hotels and new developments that are adopting eco-friendly practices, such as Vdara where I stayed on my last trip to Sin City.
Save Water, Drink Wine
I won’t argue with that. At McGrail Vineyards in Livermore, California, tasting room associate Kristen has that environmental message on her t-shirt. Like a growing number of vineyards in California, McGrail Vineyards focuses on sustainability in their wine production.