Earth Day Makes People Do the Craziest Things

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earth dayEarth Day is almost upon us, people. Friday, April 22, the holiday will be here, ready to judge your every move.

"Oh, you're leaving the water on while you're brushing your teeth? Interesting." "Hey, look at that, you left a light on for your dog while you were at work. How nice ... for the electric company." "Well, what do you know, you bathed using only bottles of Evian this morning, and didn't recycle them afterwards. Classy."

No, seriously, Earth Day is hard-core. Not only is it a day for us all to reflect on what awful human beings we are, because no matter how many "natural" household cleaners we use, nothing will be as good as Windex; it's also a day for us to compare ourselves to other, more eco-conscious folk, because Guinness World Records is celebrating by shoving their achievements in our faces! Awesome!

Ready to feel bad about your extra-long shower and refusal to use dish cloths instead of paper towels? Read 'em and weep, suckers:

  • Most Bottles Recycled by a Dog. A Labrador named Tubby (aw!) has helped recycle an estimated 26,000 plastic bottles over the past six years by collecting them on his daily walks, crushing them, and passing them to his owner. My dog tried to eat my husband's underwear from the laundry basket last night.
  • Largest Sculpture of Plastic Bags. The largest sculpture made of plastic bags is made of 36,700 of them in the shape of a globe. And it's in Los Angeles. Guess the people aren't the only plastic things there! Ba dum ching!
  • Most Trees Planted in an Hour by a Team. A team of 100 people planted 26,422 trees at a park in England on December 5, 2009. If memory serves me correctly, I was seeing New Moon that day. Which is, like, way more fun than planting trees.
  • Largest Collection of Clothes to Recycle. On August 12, 2009 in Washington, D.C., National Geographic Kids magazine announced that it had collected 33,088 pairs of jeans for recycling through its denim drive event. All the denim was donated to the organization COTTON. Well, la di freaking da! I think I'm going to hold a jeggings drive next year, how do ya like that?
  • Most Steel Cans Collected in One Month. Collect-a-Can in South Africa collected 2,656,284 cans, weighing over 182,827 pounds. It was achieved between October 1-31, 2010. My guess is there were some pretty awesome robot costumes that year for Halloween.
  • Greenest City, ­ Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is the world's first city designed to be zero-carbon and zero-waste. All of its power is generated from renewable resources, and all waste material is recycled. Damn! Sounds just like where I live -- NYC, baby!

What do you think of Earth Day? How will you celebrate?

 

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elfis... elfishpirat

I LOVE Earth Day...well..Earth Week is more like it. lol. We're planting seedlings in found containers (Empty yogurt cups, halved plastic water bottles, etc), composting, building a raised bed garden, planting a tree, Not using water or electric for a certain period of time during the day, etc.

nonmember avatar Roberta

I'll be living my normal life. But I read that Al Gore is doing his part by asking the pilot of his private plane to fly a little slower today to save a few gallons of fuel. I think Al is doing enough for the both of us. Thanks Al!

LKRachel LKRachel

I'll be celebrating by hopefully participating in a Guiness World Record!  by attending the Great Cloth Diaper Change to promote cloth diapers and also attempt the most cloth diapers changed at the same time :)

Michael Jensen

I'll celebrate by driving my motorhome instead of my motorcycle. Probably head up to the mountains to fell a couple of trees for firewood. I'll run my well for a few hours, spewing out ground table water upon the trees and shrubs at my cabin, then proceed to burn trash around the property, sending smoke and whatever into the atmosphere.

This holiday is a joke and is used by many to line their pockets at the expense of ignorant public. Get a life. Enjoy it. The earth will be here much longer than we puny humans.

coffe... coffeeyum

Renewable. Replaceable. Ride a horse, kill a car.

Scorp... ScorpioDee

If you can afford it keep your normal lifestyle. As for me...I turn off lights when not needed, water when not needed etc...I recycle all the time, use rainwater for my plants outside instead of using the waterhose. It is MY money I am saving...and I do that all year long. It is sad that we need an Earth week to save the planet...

JHanc968 JHanc968

I think Earth Day is good!

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