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'Every day is Earth Day': Growth a theme at KPC event

Posted: April 20, 2012 - 8:37am  |  Updated: April 20, 2012 - 9:47am
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Brian Smith
Kenai Peninsula College student Whitney Yager, 23, takes information from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service’s Janice Chumley, left, on Thursday at the Kenai River Campus as part of the fourth annual Earth Day celebration presented by the KPC Sustainability Club.

Kenai Peninsula College student Hannah Heath had a simple explanation of why one would come to the college's Kenai River Campus to celebrate Earth Day.

"What's not cool about our Earth?" she said with a laugh sitting in the McLane Commons Thursday.

The fourth annual Earth Day event at KPC, organized by the college's Sustainability Club, featured a wide variety of booths, music, poetry and presentations about environmental and economic stewardship. The event was co-sponsored by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and Kenai Resilience. Earth Day is officially recognized on April 22 around the world.

"Sustainability, earthiness, organic -- everything is so big right now that everybody is just latching on to it and, you know, why not?" Heath said looking around the college's crowd. "It is helping the Earth out and keeping us healthy."

Heath's booth featured small Popsicle models of the composting project she and students Shauna Thornton and Heidi Swan worked on for their People, Places and Ecosystems class.

The compost project -- the ground breaking of which was also Thursday -- is a partnership with the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and the Boys & Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula. Specifically, Heath said kids will have lunch at the food bank each Friday during the summer and check up on the progress of their bins. Heath added those interested in helping with the project can email compostingkenai@gmail.com.

"My part is that I am going to build a curriculum and some lesson plans and science projects about composting," she said. "I get to teach it to them each Friday I am available. It is just so cool. We went there and 20 kids were just so excited to learn about it. And, you know, probably the Popsicle sticks had something to do with their excitement also."

Swan said she thought the event was a good way to raise awareness for local environmental issues.

"I'm from Washington and I find it painful there aren't more recycling options on the Kenai Peninsula," she said, adding it felt "very odd" to throw away an aluminum can.

"Earth Day can do things like that, where you go, 'You know that doesn't go there, right? You know you could do something else with that.'"

Not far from Swan and Heath was Willow King's booth filled with books and other information about Earthships.

King said she and others were working to build an Earthship -- a completely sustainable home made from recycled materials -- in Kasilof. They have much of the structure completed already and were getting set to start on the structure's roof.

"Say a regular home is a box that you bring things into, like water and power and food and all of these things," she said. "The concept of an Earthship is to not have to bring all those things in -- you're collecting the water, you are growing the food, you are not sending sewage out of it. You are dealing with all of these things in-house thus making it sustainable."

King said she hoped to spread the word about using Earthship concepts in regular homes at the event.

"They like to say every day is Earth Day," she said. "Living in an Earthship, every day could be Earth Day. But in everyday life, everyone has to work so hard to keep their air warm that they don't have time to have Earth Day every day."

Holly Wiley, who was helping man the booth, agreed.

"It's reusing, recycling and trying to be more sustainable and all of these booths seem to be doing the same kinds of things," she said. "It is just the perfect spot for what we are doing."

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service's Janice Chumley gave a presentation about raised bed vegetable gardening. She said local foods and sustainable growth were starting to become peoples' focus.

"More and more people are understanding how much of our food is shipped into the state, like 95 percent," she said. "Food security is really on peoples' minds, particularly ... (if you consider) if there was a disruption of the barges that come up from Seattle, it is estimated in the state we have a three-day food supply."

The idea of sustainability and eco-friendly attitudes fit well with independent-minded Alaskans, most of whom live where they do because they enjoy the outdoors, Chumley said.

"Being able to catch fish and preserve it yourself through safe canning methods and growing your own vegetables, it gives you a feeling of independence and a little peace of mind," she said.

"I think that more and more people, particularly younger people, are aware that they want to make a smaller carbon footprint on the planet. By raising your own food it doesn't have to be shipped here."

Amy R. Williams, a member of the Central Peninsula Gardening Club, agreed. She said she hoped visitors took away the message that growing things isn't as hard as people think.

"Things happen on accident sometimes for a purpose, but I think it is something that is moving toward needing to know about," she said when asked about the event's consistent "growing" theme at the gardening group's booth. "Gardening is something that is kind of a lost art form and it is something that any one can do in any space possible."

Chumley said she imagined many people at the event, including the Sustainability Club who organized it, were there because they cared about the Earth's offerings.

"Earth Day is not just a one day event," she said. "It is thinking about instead of just pitching that can, you could recycle it, or utilizing things in new ways so you can re-purpose them so that it is not just trashing the planet."

Brian Smith can be reached at brian.smith@peninsulaclarion.com.

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Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 04/20/12 - 12:41 pm
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The Avatars are coming

The Avatars are coming in their Mother ship to take all the bad humans away to protect Mother earth and help prevent earths total distruction by mankind.
The Pope and Vatican said this last year in fact about aleins coming to save mankind and mother earth very soon so we need to prepare for their arrival and except what they tell us to do to help save earth and mankind, so it must be true Right? Really?
I agree in sorts with this theory, but i put a Biblical slant on it as fallen angels, demons and as the many differant societies have fore told the return of the ancient gods to earth to reestablish their rule of earth and man, with 12-21-12 possibly being the day.
But it's not gonna be a happy time or accomplish what they proclaim as good for all in their New Hope & Change to believe in if we would only understand that they know best and only want equality for all.
This time will be known as the 7 year Tribulation period and will lead to 2/3rds of ALL life on Mother earth being destroyed by these saving ancient gods return and if those days are not cut short no life on earth would survive this desire to destroy all of the Natural Creation of Yahweh God replacing it with GMO'S and Avatars instead of humans. Look up Avatars.

Please allow me to say that i think we do need to be wise in how we treat Gods creation and to be good stewards for the betterment of all. But this worshipping of the creation, earth, instead of the creator as Romas 1; states the wise people have done is just a reminder of how depraved and removed we are from reality.

I would ask this about OUR food sources, are they good or bad for us all these things we now grow in this feel good society of natural things being better? Natural foods are better, but they are also a thing of the past and almost everything is now a GMO replacement.
I say they are bad as everything is now a GMO seed and OUR govt. has almost totally removed all natural seeds and have even outlawed the use of natural seeds with a $1,000,000,000 dollar fine for anyone that grows natural foods from natural seeds.
Every seed must be a GMO sold by Monsanto corp as they now control all the food supply forcing everyone to use seeds that will kill out all natural seeds and eventually commit suicide them selves or die off leaving people with nothing.

This law is found under HSR 875 and was introduced by Democrate from Conneticut Rosa Deloria whose husband Stanley Greenburg is head of Monsanto corp. the ONLY legal seed seller in America of GMO seeds. When this came out there was an uproar about it and it's control issues but the govt. said no it's not as it appears and is ment for good of all. About that time Mrs Obama did her grow a garden feel good thingy at the whitehouse with a garden. I wondered at the time if she was breaking the law with natural seeds or GMO seeds.

Many foriegn nations refuse to accept grains from America due to them beign GMO seeds because they know what will happen with the death of all natural seeds and then they will be forced into subjection to the world body for food if they obey the rules that is.
Just this week Napal has been forced to accept GMO seeds by the world governing body and many farmers are upset because they see the writings on the food controlers wall and understand that it's not ment for good.

As i have said on other posts the desire is to sucker people into a feel good save Mother earth attitude which is actually a control recreation by killing Mother earth and all naturally created living things, plants, animals and humas as well.
Everything is on that replacement design table just as in the days of Noah in Genesis 6; so shall it be at the coming of the son of man, Jesus' return to actually save Mother earth and all life from total distruction by those that seek to recreate or undo what God has done and said was good in Genesis.

Those that control the money, oil, food, religion control everyone and if you don't agree or accept their way then it's lights out for you, as we can see now this power control of Nations being forced into submission by the world union either by oil, economics and food, with religion about to be the next and final step of the New World Order.

Be good stewards of what God gave us and told us to keep watch/guard over it and have dominion over everything.
God never said have dominion over other humans and control them now did he?

Worship the Creator, not the creation and everything will be ok. Romans 1:25
Remember the Whole creation moans under the stress of sin and wanting to have it our way and longs for the renewing of everything by God some day soon. Romans 8:22

Every day should be earth day is correct so love earth, but love God and our fellow man first and this will become a natural thing, not genetically altered, or humanly manipulated thing i do believe.

Jeremiah 6:17

mattglickstein
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mattglickstein 04/20/12 - 02:53 pm
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Every Day is Earth Day music video

A music video called "Every Day is Earth Day" just won a national contest put on by Project Earth. The song was written and performed by students from Lana'i City, Hawai'i. To view the music video, go here: http://youtu.be/daBNZqaOZPA

More info on the song and contest:
Fourth graders at Lana'i High and Elementary School partnered with songwriter Matt Glickstein to write, produce, and record the winning music video "Every Day is Earth Day." The project grew from the Debris from Our Sea Contest, sponsored by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, in which the students made artwork out of plastic debris collected from beaches. The recording of the song and accompanying music video features the entire Class of 2020. "I'm so proud of our students for demonstrating that through working cooperatively with each other we can accomplish anything," said Sandy Patterson of Lana'i High and Elementary School. "We are honored that our project will be shared with other schools around the globe and look forward to learning from other students who are sharing the same important message about taking care of our earth and each other."

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 04/21/12 - 01:47 pm
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Absolutely amazing this stuff

Absolutely amazing this stuff folks, and ya can't make this up either it's real. What we need now is another woodstock. Just kidding.

Jeremiah 6:17

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