Happy Earth Day!
April 22, 2013 10:07 AM   Subscribe

Today is Earth Day! Google has a special Earth Day Doodle up. 350.org is encouraging people to speak out against the Keystone XL Pipeline. President Barack Obama has posted a proclamation, and people from all around the Earth are recognizing Earth Day in many different ways! What are you doing to celebrate?
posted by Cookiebastard (81 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Getting drunk, same as every other day.
posted by Decani at 10:11 AM on April 22, 2013 [10 favorites]


Yelling at the EPA, same as any other day.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 10:12 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Spending the day here. Have to say, I'm not terribly fond of what you've done with the place, to be frank.
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:14 AM on April 22, 2013 [5 favorites]


The same thing we do every night Pinkie...

Lie awake at night in the numb horror that we broke the planet.
posted by The Whelk at 10:14 AM on April 22, 2013 [17 favorites]


There's a life-size inflatable whale right outside my office, so mostly I'll be wishing I had a desk with a view.
posted by troika at 10:17 AM on April 22, 2013 [4 favorites]


I think I'm going to walk around in the sunshine. It may be -10C and my lips may turn blue, but I'm going to enjoy it, dammit.
posted by arcticseal at 10:20 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Talking to subsistence farmers to understand how to help them connect to buyers in time before the harvest spoils.
posted by infini at 10:21 AM on April 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


Quietly hoping for the arrival of the Vogon Constructor Fleet.
posted by Optamystic at 10:22 AM on April 22, 2013 [4 favorites]


Umm, to be picky, one shouldn't be able to see stars through the moon in the doodle. (and the phases are wrong, and it goes the wrong way and...)
posted by enfa at 10:25 AM on April 22, 2013 [4 favorites]


A big shout out from all Earth's expats on Neptune.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 10:26 AM on April 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Today I'm stuck at work.

But yesterday I actually did some gardening (New Yorkers - did you know that anyone can plant flowers in the ground around the trees in sidewalks? The 311 web site even has a list of recommended plants!)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:26 AM on April 22, 2013 [6 favorites]


For some reason I just remembered the 10th anniversary Earth Day when Elizabeth, NJ celebrated the holiday with a massive fire of "24,000 barrels of illegally stored chemicals and toxic wastes" that exploded "sending a 200-foot fireball into the night sky." Good times.
posted by octothorpe at 10:26 AM on April 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


Just as long as its not possibly killing a woman, then getting tied up in a long extradition process.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:32 AM on April 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


The same thing I do most weekdays: optimizing building automation systems for energy savings!
posted by Sternmeyer at 10:32 AM on April 22, 2013


I am going to consume as few resources as possible, spending the day in bed. (medical)
posted by _paegan_ at 10:35 AM on April 22, 2013


Enjoying the weather out in California, God's gift to the world.

Did I say God's gift to world? I meant godforsaken blast furnace. (Don't move here, it's already too crowded.)
posted by entropicamericana at 10:36 AM on April 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


So this Earth we are celebrating today, according to Google it is flat?
posted by localroger at 10:37 AM on April 22, 2013


Selling what's left of the worlds lumber, at the highest price I can get. HA!
posted by It is better for you not to know. at 10:39 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


No, according to google it is discworld (supporting elephants and tortoise left to your imagination).
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 10:39 AM on April 22, 2013


Phil Plait (Slate's Bad Astronomer) points out some science errors in the doodle:
  • The phase of the Moon is shown the wrong way
  • The phases are out of order
  • The stars don’t move
  • The dark part of the Moon is transparent
  • The rising and setting Sun (and Moon) speed up
  • And yes, the Earth is shown as being flat
posted by jjwiseman at 10:39 AM on April 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Today is also Vladimir Nabokov's birthday.
posted by Fizz at 10:41 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Today is also Vladimir Nabokov's birthday.

So, we should all be furtively checking /r/earthporn at Reddit and feeling bad for admiring pictures like this nice pink hole (SFW)?

I...I'll show my myself out now.
posted by zombieflanders at 10:46 AM on April 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


I don't think I can ever top my observance of Earth Day from a few years ago, when I obtained my LEED credential (which I have not actually been able to put to use since). Today I'll just be working and walking the dog.
posted by LionIndex at 10:51 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Just as long as its not possibly killing a woman, then getting tied up in a long extradition process.
Attached is a letter, which unequivocally asserts that Einhorn was not one of the organizers of Earth Day in 1970, which I just received from nine former members of the Earth Week Committee of Philadelphia, the group that actually did organize that historic event in 1970. - http://www.amgot.org/einhorn/eday.htm
posted by DU at 10:57 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Phil Plait (Slate's Bad Astronomer) points out some science errors in the doodle:

The phase of the Moon is shown the wrong way
The phases are out of order
The stars don’t move


He must be fun at parties.
posted by Tanizaki at 10:57 AM on April 22, 2013 [5 favorites]


One day of the year is "Earth Day" and 364 days of "Human Comfort Day" explains it all.
posted by three blind mice at 10:58 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Checking on the bees, but I do that daily anyway.
posted by jquinby at 11:01 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


thanks, DU!
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:02 AM on April 22, 2013


Cursing... lots and lots of cursing.

(we're getting 8 more inches of snow tonight)

Outside of that, trying my feeble best to minimize my impact as much as possible, like every other god dammed day. (I did mention cursing didn't I?)
posted by edgeways at 11:03 AM on April 22, 2013


Eagerly anticipating the arrival of my new fretless bass and anticipating an evening when I forget to eat dinner.

(I went to Earth Day St. Louis yesterday. We acquired and planted two free trees. The day before that we bought some blackberry plants.)
posted by Foosnark at 11:04 AM on April 22, 2013


A good writeup on the history of earth day from the New Yorker. Looks at the environmental movement then vs now.
posted by milestogo at 11:09 AM on April 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


I am spending the entire day on Earth in respect for Earth Day.
posted by BlueScreen at 11:13 AM on April 22, 2013 [3 favorites]




Tanizaki: "He must be fun at parties."

Holy Haleakala! He sure is.
posted by Splunge at 11:28 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Once, in elementry school, on Earth day, the school paid for every student (K-6th) to have a starter Maple tree to plant on the school grounds. Each student got their own, and planted it themselves. If my memory serves me correctly, by September 85% of them had been cut down by the bumbling grounds-keeper, who had no interest in mowing around 380 sprouts.
posted by It is better for you not to know. at 11:33 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have no deodorant on so I smell mad earthy. Is that enough?
posted by jonmc at 11:40 AM on April 22, 2013


Eating the kimchi I made on the weekend. I'm fermenting things to prepare for a world without the energy waste of refrigeration and also to make cabbage taste good because it's the only thing that grows in the God-forsaken place (north Germany).

Okay, I didn't actually plan this for Earth Day but nonetheless fermenting vegetables is a great way to nurture your inner hippie and be at one with the wild yeast and bacteria that live all around us. Ask me how!
posted by sixohsix at 11:41 AM on April 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


I am spending this Earth Day shaking my fist in vain at the sky as it drops the umpteeth foot of snow this April on Minnesota.

Seriously, I love the planet (best planet evar!) and I usually celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree or writing my congressperson in support of the environment. This year I'm feeling so crushed and frustrated by the late spring that I'm having a hard time working up any motivation.
posted by Elly Vortex at 11:41 AM on April 22, 2013


He must be fun at parties.

He probably is! Here's Phil Plait on the many, many things wrong with the science in the movie Armaggeddon.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 11:42 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ha!

I beat ya's all to it.

I posted my Earthday-related image two weeks ago*.

*Totally not because I had no idea it was coming up
posted by mmrtnt at 11:43 AM on April 22, 2013


I'm still baffled that we don't recognize that what we're really concerned with is keeping the planet habitable for humans. All of our environmental concerns are to do with that.

We don't pose a threat to Earth. We merely want it to remain in a state that happens to support the biological needs of ourselves and our descendents.

I suppose you cover that pretty well by referring to it as "the environment," i.e. the environment necessary for what I just mentioned, but there is still a hell of a lot of "save the planet"/"save the Earth" nonsense that shows a total lack of understanding of, if not a total lack of participation in, the substance of the conversation.

..or I'm just underestimating everyone and being a total crank about semantics.
posted by herbplarfegan at 11:51 AM on April 22, 2013 [5 favorites]


I'm sending very displeased messages to politicians, same as every other day.
posted by quiet earth at 11:53 AM on April 22, 2013


I'm spending the first 8-10 hours working on a cure for HIV (ha, beat that!)
Then the rest of the day herding chickens and turning my compost.

Same as every other day.

I win all the Earth Days.
posted by Sophie1 at 11:55 AM on April 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Elly Vortex, I read your post and thought of Amaryllis, a song by the Flash Girls. (Lyrics here) I hope you have better weather soon.
posted by mogget at 11:58 AM on April 22, 2013


Earth day is my birthday too, proving that I was born to be a hippie.
posted by lydhre at 12:01 PM on April 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


I spending the day feeling like dirt. Does that count?
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:02 PM on April 22, 2013


I am celebrating Free Earth Day Shipping from BBC America. Sometimes cognitive dissonance feels like a railroad spike through the head.
posted by bafflegab at 12:04 PM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


What are you doing to celebrate?

Not driving a car and not eating meat, like every day.
posted by threeants at 12:13 PM on April 22, 2013


Not screaming fuck you at my 2011 Prius when it fails to gain sufficient speed on the throughway on-ramp, requires half an hour to warm the cabin on a sunny spring day, destroys my sanity with an intermittent whine, runs up my tire bill due to purchasing Prius-specific "echo tires" (featuring plastic "echo hubcaps"), nauseates me with its monotonous grey color, or destroys my spinal column with its inexpensively fabricated drivers seat.
posted by Gordion Knott at 12:14 PM on April 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


..or I'm just underestimating everyone and being a total crank about semantics.
posted by herbplarfegan at 11:51 AM on April 22 [+] [!]


Maybe. I'm pretty immersed these days in the movement that is variously called Conservationism, Environmentalism, Sustainability (which is possibly the word that best describes what I think you're getting at), etc. So I end up talking on a daily basis to people in the movement ranging from (sometimes woefully under-informed) "Environmental Activists" to scientists who've spend years at a time drilling Arctic ice-core samples to study ancient CO2 levels. And other than a small handful of cranks who believe humanity is so bad for "the Earth" that they advocate we should give the planet up to the rest of the critters and plants, like the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, I think most of us are pretty aware that we're fighting to keep the planet hospitable to humans.
posted by Cookiebastard at 12:17 PM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


can't have earth day without listening to some earth.
posted by Mach5 at 12:32 PM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


And other than a small handful of cranks who believe humanity is so bad for "the Earth" that they advocate we should give the planet up to the rest of the critters and plants

Like who, the cows? Those guys are jerks! Why do you think we keep trying to eat them all?
posted by Rangeboy at 12:35 PM on April 22, 2013


I rode my bike to work!

I ride my bike to work every day.
posted by Snarl Furillo at 12:48 PM on April 22, 2013


Commemorating the anniversary of winning an Earth Day lottery when I was in school, when I won a bicycle, and rode it home with virtually no pressure in either tire, without shredding the tires. That was when McDonalds was more ecosensitve, and switched away from foam containers, and sold/gave away little tree cuttings on Earth Day.

Otherwise, driving around in yet another MN snowstorm, wondering about Eskimo adjectives for snow, getting a sibling a birthday gift.
posted by ZeusHumms at 12:50 PM on April 22, 2013


Out of genuine enthusiasm for Earth Day, the cafe at my workplace decided to serve lunch outdoors today. And what says outdoors better than smokehouse barbecue?

Sausage, ribs, pulled pork, and brisket. Not a choice between them, but all of the above. With one vegetable, grilled corn on the cob--a vegetable that's not even green.

The phrase that's been running through my head all day is "delicious irony."
posted by darksasami at 12:54 PM on April 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Just as long as its not possibly killing a woman, then getting tied up in a long extradition process.

That's a Hitlerific story.
posted by KokuRyu at 12:56 PM on April 22, 2013


Whaddya know? I planted a tree this morning and didn't even realize it was Earth Day. Also, riding my bike to work, same as every other day.

Not screaming fuck you at my 2011 Prius when it fails to gain sufficient speed on the throughway on-ramp, requires half an hour to warm the cabin on a sunny spring day, destroys my sanity with an intermittent whine, runs up my tire bill due to purchasing Prius-specific "echo tires" (featuring plastic "echo hubcaps"), nauseates me with its monotonous grey color, or destroys my spinal column with its inexpensively fabricated drivers seat.

Um, have you considered that you might be spending too much time in the car?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:02 PM on April 22, 2013


A big shout out from all Earth's expats on Neptune.

Live, via Radio Free Mars (info).
posted by filthy light thief at 1:19 PM on April 22, 2013


Also, happy birthday to Irwin Chusid, re-discoverer/promoter of Juan García Esquivel and Raymond Scott, amongst other forgotten musical geniuses.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:22 PM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


I am very concerned about the passage of four seasons in a couple minutes in the Google doodle. Seriously, do they not live in the appropriate latitude of the planet to realize that seasons take months to pass? It completely destroys the authenticity of the doodle. And also, the wind patterns didn't take in proper respect for the jet streams that are generally present at that time of year. HACKS!
posted by Atreides at 1:42 PM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Without knowing it was Earth Day I also planted a tree this weekend and rode my bike to work today, same as every other day.

Anecdotally, I didn't notice any increase in that activity that couldn't be attributed to it being a sunny morning good for cycling, which is somewhat disheartening. If only Earth Day was celebrating some tangible under our feet thing and all around us instead of a mythical deity...perhaps it would get some traction.

Perhaps us atheists should get behind Earth Day with a bit more vigour. That, and propose a commercial proponent. Earth DayTM brought to you by Siemens Nuclear Heat Shields Inc.
posted by jimmythefish at 1:42 PM on April 22, 2013


Today is also Vladimir Nabokov's birthday.


Not to mention Vladimir Lenin, which has led to all sorts of speculation amongst the conservatives.
posted by TedW at 1:44 PM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


You should see the things I'm growing in the fridge! Especially the things that are eating other things.
posted by Splunge at 1:53 PM on April 22, 2013


Not to mention Vladimir Lenin, which has led to all sorts of speculation amongst the conservatives.

Pah, Lenin? Too straight-forward. Here are a ton of other people born on April 22. Why not get weird, and look for conspiracies between the birth of Canadian politician John Buchanan, or the soldier Michael Wittmann, one of Germany's top scoring panzer aces and Earth Day? Or the death of Ferenc Oslay? Come on, if Lenin is so obvious, there's got to be something more sinister hiding further back.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:15 PM on April 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Writing code that allows you to watch hours and hours of video on the latest generation of huge screen TVs.

Take that earth!

On the other hand my family's energy and water consumption is about one third of the average same sized American family. And we don't even try, we just come from a place were you wear jackets indoors during the winter and take long naps during yhe midday summer heat.
posted by Doroteo Arango II at 2:16 PM on April 22, 2013


I didn't have meat for lunch, but that's mostly because I'm low on money and all I had in the house to make lunch with was canned & frozen veggies. (FWIW, peas, carrots, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower with cut up corn tortillas, cheese, and a little salsa tastes pretty good.)
posted by luckynerd at 2:41 PM on April 22, 2013


Took a walk along the river, watched for buds on the trees and green coming up from the ground, picked up trash (this wasn't easy. Apparently I wasn't the only one with that idea so the litter-pickin's were slim.) and listened to the birdies.

This is my favorite planet and I'm glad I get to live here.
posted by merelyglib at 2:54 PM on April 22, 2013


Sneered at people in cars from my bicycle.
posted by indubitable at 3:06 PM on April 22, 2013


The doodle reminds me of a series of games I used to play where you have this world and you interact with it in some strategic way to make little things happen. I keep trying to feed the bear to see if I can unlock the next task to build the world or make whatever it does happen.

Does anyone else remember those games? What were they called? They were awesome!
posted by brenton at 3:49 PM on April 22, 2013


I think you mean GROW.
posted by darksasami at 4:03 PM on April 22, 2013


> I think you mean GROW.

YES! That's it. Awesome.
posted by brenton at 4:44 PM on April 22, 2013










This is the time of year I'd normally be on my bike, but it is snowing. Tonight it is supposed to THUNDERSNOW which I didn't even know is a thing. Not fond of Mother Nature right now.
posted by miyabo at 7:51 PM on April 22, 2013


From the Colbert Report, an Earth Day contest of a different vein.

Utah's Department of Natural Resources celebrates Earth Day by asking kids "Where would we be without oil, gas and mining?"
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 10:33 PM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm spending it reading about Passive Houses, and figuring out where I hid my bike pump last year.
posted by sebastienbailard at 12:23 AM on April 23, 2013


Dissent Magazine: What Happened to Earth Day? By Michael Kazin
posted by mary8nne at 1:34 AM on April 23, 2013


Coming Down The Pipeline
posted by homunculus at 12:25 PM on April 23, 2013




« Older Electrical Banana – Masters of Psychedelic Art   |   Not quite retirement age yet Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments