Today is Earth Day 2013, the 44th celebration since its inception in 1970. As the Earth Day Network explains, “The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.
“Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.”
Locally, one of the annual events is an annual tree planting by Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) and Sterling Planet; the third annual event was in Union Bridge, Maryland, on Saturday.
This is the third annual tree planting event, comprising more than 170 volunteers, including staff from CBF, WGES and Sterling Planet. Traditionally held just before Earth Day, the event benefits the local region in multiple ways. Planting 1,400 native trees and shrubs restores more than 6,000 feet, or seven acres, of stream bank, preventing pollution and runoff into the Wolf Pit Branch stream, which ultimately flows into the Atlantic Ocean via the Chesapeake Bay. These trees will also improve air quality by reducing carbon emissions in the Chesapeake Bay region.
A combined contribution of $132,000 was presented to the CBF-directed Carbon Reduction Fund, with $88,000 donated by WGES and $44,000 by Sterling Planet. Since its launch in 2010, the partnership has provided the Carbon Reduction Fund more than $400,000 in total contributions.
“Events like this tree planting demonstrate how best to save the Bay, through cooperation between government, business and citizens,” said Rob Schnabel, restoration scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation. “Today’s donation of $132,000 to the Carbon Reduction Fund from WGES and Sterling Planet will help us clean the water and air of Carroll County. We owe that to our children and grandchildren. We’ve made significant progress. Every effort we make helps finish the job.”
To date, Carbon Reduction Fund projects have supported the planting of more than 9,000 trees in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Talbot, Frederick and Carroll counties in Maryland. Over a 50-year lifespan, the environmental benefit of these trees equates to avoiding the use of more than 900,000 gallons of gasoline.
Despite growing up in a state with plenty of coast line, my nautical experience was limited to beach trips and lake activities. I never had a friend who owned a boat and no one in my family was big into fishing, so the ocean remained just a large salt water pool where you can relax on sand and take in some sun. Last weekend though I finally was able to fulfill a small pipe dream of mine, to steer my own sailboat.
Thanks to a great groupon purchase by my girlfriend, last Sunday we drove an easy 50 minutes outside of DC to Tracey’s Landing, Maryland, right on the Chesapeake Bay. Our voucher bought us a two hour sailing lesson from The Sailing Academy and we couldn’t have asked for more. Thanks to a very friendly instructor, I learned a slew of boating terminology as well some of the physics behind sailing (really makes you appreciate the original explorers from Europe). As my close friends know (and have experienced), I enjoy the feel of a steering wheel and controlling a sailboat was a pretty great feeling as I easily moved the wheel to adjust for wind. We had beautiful weather and plenty of wind, and then finished the day trip with an amazing seafood lunch.
It is these types of trips that make car ownership or friendship with car owners a must in this city. Sure the metro goes to some areas, but the freedom to hit the road and do whatever is a crucial aspect (for me at least) of making DC a great city to live in.
A Word on #Saditude: What a season for our Washington Nationals. Give these guys a hand, they had the best record in 2012 and came up one out short to continuing their season. I was in a bar Friday night with friends watching the horror that was the 9th inning. Every baseball fan knows, if your team lets your opponent tie it, they will probably lose it eventually. People’s faces were empty and now we must wait till April. Yes you can still be pissed about Strausburg not pitching (I still am…so stupid), lack of hitting, or letting Teddy win all those races. But let’s look at it as a step in the right direction, and that RGIII is SOO fast.
Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!
- If you missed this historic jump from space, watch it now. Absolutely incredible.
- How to make a pumpkin “keg“, just in time for Halloween.
- Even Barack Obama is an RGIII fan.
By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.
Climate change (whether you believe it’s man-made, caused by same-sex marriage or Lindsay Lohan, or just barometric pressure mixed with fossil fuels) brought us a mild winter, which was enjoyable.
But it continues to give to our region, as the warm winter and conservation measures have brought a bounty crop of blue crabs. The population is up more than 60 percent, as reported by DCist. For more information, check out the Chesapeake Bay Program website.
So go track down some soft shells (we prefer ours sautéed rather than fried), eat some crab cakes (broiled, not fried) or just pick some crabs (lots of Old Bay, beer and patience).