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April 22, 2010

TBF: Remember our oceans on Earth Day

April 22, 2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Join TBF for Earth Day and help us keep billfish in the water for generations of anglers to appreciate and enjoy. If you are not a TBF member, please join today by clicking here. If you are already a part of the TBF Team, THANK YOU for supporting billfish conservation, healthy oceans and strong economies! In celebration of Earth Day, please pass this email along and invite a friend to join us in our efforts!

Each year, many people reserve Earth Day as the only day to celebrate, protect and learn more about our earth's resources; with all the resources we use and enjoy from this planet, we need to rethink that common practice.  EVERY day should be a reason to celebrate the planet we live on!

April 22, 2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day - what better time to start appreciating all the beauty and abundance the planet offers us and ways in which we can return the favor. Earth Day has come a long way since its beginnings as a small campaign to educate students on the environment. Now with nearly 200 countries participating in Earth Day events worldwide, we can safely say the public is more aware of the planet's splendor and protecting its resources. While many people may disagree what ails our great planet the most, there are always legitimate reasons to celebrate what our planet gives us and find new ways to protect the natural resources for generations to come.

Below is a list of free Earth Day celebrations in South Florida. For information on events in your area, please check your local newspaper or type "earth day events" in your favorite search engine (google, yahoo, bing, etc...) to find ways you can get involved.

Miami Goin' Green

April 24, 2010, 10 am to 7 pm
Bayfront Park will serve as the perfect backdrop for this exciting eco-friendly event that's fun for the entire family. There will be live performances and seminars, eWaste recycling, a clothing swap, science fun for kids, and much more. TBF's Peter Chaibongsai will be attending this event.

Party for the Planet at MetroZoo 

April 24-25 2010, 11 am to 4 pm
Miami MetroZoo will feature large flowering tree sale, jazz music, and special treats for the animals made of recycled and/or natural materials. Get free admission when you turn in a cell phone for recycling.

Pinecrest Earth Day Festival

April 25, 2010, 9 am to 4 pm
Pinecrest Gardens (the former site of Parrot Jungle) will host this free event featuring a green farmer's market, green vendors, workshops, demonstrations and performances.

Biscayne 24-Hour Bioblitz

April 30 - May 1, 2010
"Base camp" for both the BioBlitz and the festival will be located at Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center and grounds, 9 miles east of Homestead, Florida on Biscayne Bay. Grab your gear and join the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service at the Biscayne BioBlitz, a two-day, round-the-clock event when teams of scientists, naturalists, community leaders, students and the public will join forces to discover and inventory every living plant and creature in and out of the water. TBF's Peter Chaibongsai will be attending this event.

Coconut Creek
Free Tree Giveaway 

April 24, 2010, 8 am to Noon
The city offers a variety of trees and shrubs to residents to plant in their own yards from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Coconut Creek Government Center (bring proof of residency or driver's license).

Hallandale Beach
Arbor & Earth Day Celebration

April 24, 2010, 10 am to Noon
Activities include a tree planting ceremony plus a park clean-up, nature activities, information on recycling, water conservation and going green.

Flamingo Road Nursery

April 24- 25, 2010, 8am to 6pm
Stop by the nursery this weekend for gardening demonstrations, plant giveaways, butterfly pavilion tours, kids activities, locally grown produce, live music and more.

Young at Art Children's Museum

Now until April 30, 2010

The children's museum is continuing its Earth Month celebration through April 30 featuring interactive environmental programs, workshops and activities (included with admission).
Fort Lauderdale
Trash to Treasure

Monday-Thursday, 2-10 pm

The nonprofit recycle center will teach creative Wowie Zowie workshops for all ages. The center's mission is to take clean, re-usable materials and redistribute them. Workshops are free for members, $5 for others.

Whole Foods Market

April 22 and April 24

On Earth Day, Thursday April 22nd, the store will donate 5% of all sales to the Green Earth Environmental Education Foundation. On Saturday, the store will accept used items like TVs and computers during an electronics recycling drop-off program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will receive a free tote and stainless steel sports bottle while supplies last.

Museum of Discovery and Science

April 24, 11 am to 5 pm (also May 8)

The museum's Save the Planet Saturdays program includes recycling relay races and papermaking, along with informational sessions about the Pacific Ocean Trash Vortex and endangered animals.

Oakland Park
Oakland Park Earth Day Cleanup Program

April 22, 2010, 8 am to 11 am

The event features city horticulturist Charles Livio, who will talk about the geology and ecology of the scrub pine habitat. Help clear areas and remove trash.

Must See Movies
You can take advantage of these events no matter where you live:

Disney's "Oceans" Movie

Take the kids out to watch Disney's new "Oceans" Movie.  Proceeds of the movie ticket sales (from April 22-28) will go to benefit the coral reefs and the surrounding waters off of the Bahamas.

The Cove

Winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary film, "The Cove" tells the amazing true story of an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers who embark on a covert mission to investigate and try to assuage the annual killing of dolphins in Taijii, Japan. Visit the website to learn more about the issues discussed, including the extreme dangers of mercury poisoning... one of the main reasons for keeping MARLIN off your menu as well!

Go Green & Save $Green$
Many people believe being environmentally-friendly is difficult because it will hurt your wallet; luckily that is not the case.  So what eco-friendly changes can you do that are easy and inexpensive? Below is a short list of things people can do to save money in the long term and help the environment at the same time.

Bring our own mug to your coffee shop.  For those of us who stop in every day on our way to work, that is more than 250 paper mugs, plastic tops, and cardboard sleeves every year that won't make it to the landfills.

Bring reusable bags (like cloth) to the grocery store or for any other purchases. Leave a couple in your car, so you never forget to bring them as well.

Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs and save yourself some money in the long term. 

Install a motion-sensor light switch  to avoid leaving the light on...and on...and on. It not only helps the environment but also goes a long way in lowering your electric bill.

Buy more efficient appliances like a front-loading washer/dryer.  It cleans better than top loaders , uses less water and seems to leave less lint in the dryer trap. You should feel good that you are helping the environment, lowering your water bill and making your clothes last longer. The government is even helping out with a cash-for-clunkers rebate, so take advantage before it expires!
Instead of throwing out old items (like clothes, electronics, furniture, or toys) sell them on online through various websites like Amazon, Ebay, and craigslist. Remember one man's junk is another man's treasure! 

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow if from our children."- Native American Proverb