April, 22, Earth Day, has been set aside as a day to celebrate Earth’s natural environment. As a child I asked my mother when “Children’s Day” was only to learn that, in her opinion, every day is Children’s Day. I guess I feel the same way about Earth Day — at least that we should take care of our planet every day of the year and not just on April 22nd. That being said, I think that any day dedicated to raising awareness of Earth’s natural environment is an excellent idea.
So, in honor of Earth Day, 2011, I’m linking to some really cool ideas that may help us tread a little more lightly on this wonderful planet.
Flower Power Wind Turbine Trees — Here’s a prettier windmill that can fit in a variety of settings. (Click through the slideshow!)
Skyscraper as a Solar Farm — How about putting all those windows to good use?
Heating Buildings with Body Heat — A crowded Swedish train station is used to heat a nearby building — with people.
Wind and Solar-Powered Car — A picture is worth a thousand words…
Synthetic Trees Clean the Air — Without Soil or Water — Another use for all those plastic water bottles.
Floating Solar Panels — These water-based panels can easily change position to capture the sunlight. In bad weather, they sink under the surface.
Earth Day, 2011 has me reflecting: Although we can’t rely solely on imagination and technology to solve all of Earth’s woes, perhaps inspired innovation can help. Conservation is king, but our best efforts at reducing and recycling may still need a creative boost to help us reverse the damage we’ve already done. Let’s use our hearts and our brain power to dig out of our greenhouse gas mess.
Happy Earth Day! (Every day…)
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