Those of us who have stood at the ocean's edge, heard the cry of a humpback whale, or experienced any number of coastal wonders know what an amazing planet we live on. With that in mind, we hope you'll join us in celebrating Earth Day 2010. Your action can be big, or your action can be small—however you choose to celebrate, we hope you'll take some time to recognize the many gifts that surround us, especially our coastlines.
If you're short on inspiration, here are some ideas to get your started, courtesy of earthday.org:
• Walk, ride your bike, or take public transportation instead of driving.
• Stop the water from running while brushing your teeth.
• Reuse a water bottle instead of plastic, paper, or foam cups.
• Unplug small electronics and/or turn off lights when you leave a room.
• Adopt a sea mammal through The Marine Mammal Center's adoption program; marinemammalcenter.org.
Going to see Disney's OCEANS is one of the many ways we're planning to commemorate this special day. It's a nice reminder of how to be better stewards of the shore, and for every person who sees the film during opening week, Disney will make a donation to save our coral reefs.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and if you've never recognized it before this is a great year to start.
With that in mind, Coastal Living is sponsoring the ninth annual Cooking for Solutions weekend May 21-22 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Through cooking demonstrations with amazing chefs, food and wine events, and a sustainable seafood fair you'll learn how to make better food choices to protect the health of the soil, water, and marine life. Visit cookingforsolutions.org for more information. We hope to see you there!