HOUSTON, TX – “The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth.” Duwamish Indian chief Seattle said that almost 160 years ago, and it seems we still haven’t quite gotten the message.
But we’re workin’ on it. And that’s why every April, we celebrate Earth Month– a time to come together and work toward a healthier planet.
Here in Houston, every Saturday morning this month, Whole Foods Market on Kirby will offer kids craft classes up-cycling stuff you’d normally throw out. Projects will include eggshell planters, tin can wind chimes and paper feather dream catchers.
Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena will celebrate by installing a solar array at its visitor’s center. That’s being funded by Green Mountain Energy’s Sun Club, a group of customers who donate to support solar power for non-profit groups.
Speaking of Green Mountain– one of their Earth Month energy tips is to wrap your water heater in insulation. It’ll not only save energy, but it’ll save you 15 bucks a year on electricity. And, they say, matching the right size pot to the burner on your stove can save $25 a year in wasted energy. Who knew?
The Houston Arboretum’s free Earth Day event is Saturday, April 6th (10am to 6pm) where you can take a guided hike; learn to make paper pots and plant wildflower seeds.
Air Alliance Houston is throwing their “Earth Day Houston” festival at Discovery Green Sunday, April 14th. That’s always a blast with music, and more green folks than a St. Paddy’s Day kegger!
The Houston Zoo hosts their Earth Day Weekend April 20th and 21st where guests will get their first look at the brand new flamingo exhibit.
The Houston weather Museum has an Earth Day art contest going on through April 18th for 2nd through 5th graders. Winners will be announced Monday, April 22nd — appropriately, on “Earth Day.”
So take some time this month to participate and appreciate the Earth. We may not own it, but right now, it’s the only place we have to call home.