Earth Day Blog Carnival: My Earth Day Resolutions

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

Welcome to the Earth Day Blog Carnival

This post is part of the Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction. Each participant has shared their practices and insights of earth friendly, environmentally conscious, eco-living. This carnival is our way to share positive information and inspiration that can create healing for our planet. Please read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Happy Earth Day!

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Although I’ve enjoyed Earth Day festivities in the past, Earth Day has taken on a whole new level of significance for me now that Baby is here. I want Baby to live in the best possible world: one that is healthy, safe, and beautiful for him and his future generations.

Although Baby is a bit too young to remember his first Earth Day this year, I want to start the tradition early of making sure to celebrate by writing Earth Day resolutions.

Since Baby can’t write his own resolutions, I’m excited to preserve mine by sharing them on my blog so that one day Baby will see that we’ve been celebrating Earth Day and taking it seriously for his entire life.

Here are my 2011 Earth Day resolutions:

1. Clean indoor air
What we do now: We’ve stopped using scented candles, air fresheners, and chemical cleaning products. The artificial ingredient of fragrance is something we want to avoid.

Our resolution to take it one step further:
- We bought a good HEPA filter vacuum cleaner after doing a lot of research on http://www.allergybuyersclub.com/. Now when we vacuum, we know we are are removing many of the toxins and allergens from the air we breathe in our home.
- We are also opening the windows every day, regardless of weather. Doing this for even 5 minutes per day will help clear the air in our home.

2. We’re thinking about packaging and plastic.

What we do now: We recycle and try to avoid using canned foods due to BPA.

Our resolution to take it one step further: We’re trying to avoid plastic whenever possible. This is the most difficult for us, but we’re trying to do our best.

3. The great outdoors

What we do now: We love nature and being active outside. Baby has already been on more hikes than we can count, and he loves looking at plants, trees, and flowers.

Our resolution to take it one step further: This is our first year not living in the city, so now that we have a yard, we would like to grow a garden. Even if we only grow a single tomato plant this year, it’s a step in the right direction as we want Baby to grow up knowing how food grows and where it comes from.

I hope you all have a very Happy Earth Day! I would love to hear your Earth Day resolutions in the comments section below!

Baby and the World

Happy Earth Day! Make a resolution to live greener for me and all of the children in the world!


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Going Green in 2011 – Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses the way she and her family are going “greener” in 2011.

Our Greatest Teacher – Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro shares her experiences with her children and nature, their greatest teacher.

Dreaming of Spring Gardening – Erin of the Waterloons talks about the ultimate in local food, her backyard garden.

Earth Conscious Minimalism – Nada at miniMOMist thinks minimalism can help you save the world — as long as you don’t just toss everything in the trash! Check out Her list of places to donate (bet you haven’t thought of them all!).

Blessings to the Earth – Amy at Anktangle believes that a simple act, such as being intentionally grateful for our food, is just the catalyst we need to bring about large-scale change.

Eight Movies to Inspire Change – Mrs Green at Little Green Blog shares her top 8 movies that have inspired her to take action to make the world a better place. She’d love to hear your suggestions to add to her viewing list!

Can I Have a Green Period Too? Kelly at Becoming Crunchy shares the environmental impact of switching to sustainable menstrual products, along with offering a great Mama Cloth giveaway for anyone interested in making the switch (and for those who already have and want to increase their stash!).

An Eden to Call Our Own – Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares how learning to care for the Earth starts in her own garden.

Elimination Communication – Melissa at the New Mommy Files discusses the environmental impact of diapering, and why elimination communication was the best choice for her family.

The Living Earth: A Meditation in Science and Reverence – Seonaid at The Practical Dilettante asks you to pause to wonder at the blessing of the fact that our living planet is here at all.

Earth Day Anthem – Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro created a poem in honor of Mother Earth, women and nurturers everywhere.

The Plasticity of Compromise – Zoie at TouchstoneZ shares how she is working to compromise on healthy family living and avoiding plastics whenever possible.

Earth Day Resolutions – Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares why she has decided to make Earth Day resolutions, what those resolutions are, and how they are a step up from her current efforts at green living.

Is it time for you to say “Enough!”? Mrs Green at My Zero Waste asks you to rise up and say ‘Enough!’ on Earth Day.

Homeschooling with the Earth – Terri at Child of the Nature Isle shares her desires and dreams for Earth-based learning and the ways her two young children have already started a natural curriculum.

Beyond the Green Sheen – Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction offers some advice on how to avoid greenwashing and make purchasing choices that really have a positive impact.

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1 Mrs Green @ littlegreenblog.com April 22, 2011 at 10:13 am

I love how you’ve thought about these; you haven’t just listed a whole load of things, you’ve taken a look at what you already do and how you could improve them – kudos to you mama. I love that you’re making the world a better place. Enjoy growing your own food – it’s utterly magical!
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2 Melissa @ The New Mommy Files April 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

I have never made earth day resolutions, but what a wonderful idea! I will have to take your inspiration and think on it. I know that we want to start a garden this year, as well, but I know that we can do more. Thanks for making me think!
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3 Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama April 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Clever idea! I like the resolutions a lot and am right there with you! I think that you have inspired me to pick my top three “green” approaches that I need to refine and turn them into resolutions. Thanks for a great post!

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4 Kelly April 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Love this Charise! :) (And totally on the same page with you – for the same reasons!).

I had no idea how much of an affect opening the windows could have on the air quality inside – I’m going to start doing that! Another thing I’ve been meaning to do is get a bunch of plants…and manage not to kill them. That’s still on my list. :)

We’re working on the plastics and having a first garden this year as well.

It can definitely seem overwhelming to me when I look at all the changes that need to be made, but taking it a few steps at a time makes it much easier!

Thanks for your wonderful Earth Day post :D
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5 Sara April 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I always love your thoughts- so much so that I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award!

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6 Jessica | Cloth Diapering Mama April 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

I’m so on board with all of these resolutions. The toughest for us is the plastic as well, but its so sad to think that its leaching into our earth and does not go away! Great list!
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7 Jay Itreon April 23, 2011 at 8:04 am

You have covered a huge topic. It is just about the celebration. There is a science behind it. We celebrated it in our own style. We organized a seminar and called environment lover. We made people aware about the topic.
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8 Amy April 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

That is such a cute onesie your son is wearing in the photograph! I like your list of resolutions. I definitely could do better at remembering to open the windows and let the fresh air in, even when it’s colder outside. I’ve been making a point of taking my son outside for some time every day (even when we’ve been sick so much lately) so that we both can breathe more deeply. Thank you for the reminder to do this more!
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9 Terri April 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I love how you have been taking positive steps already and have used Earth Day as the time to strengthen and take your actions further. What a great idea.

That is a wonderful little onesie – so cute.

I’m with you so much on the plastics…I was really inspired by the post by Mrs Green on Zero Waste and was really intentional in town today to carry enough cloth bags to do all my shopping. I had to make the sales assistants take the stuff out of a bag many times as they are so fast with that plastic! I can feel an awareness campaign coming on in order to take my resolution further!

I’m looking forward to seeing more of you wonderful walks in nature.

Thank-you for being part of the Earth Day Blog Carnival
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10 Christina Simon April 24, 2011 at 11:40 am

These are wonderful suggestions–and I didn’t realized I’m doing some of the same stuff! Every little bit counts. My windows are always open (not too hard in LA) and the HEPA vacuum has worked really well. I’m trying to use less paper towels and bring reusable bags to store.
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11 Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama April 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm

That’s great, Christina! You’re right – every little bit really does count!

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12 Zoie @ TouchstoneZ April 28, 2011 at 2:35 am

Oh my what a cute baby! Love his onesie, too. He’s a good motivation for your green resolutions. I like this post very much for the carnival, too. I am struggling to meet some of the same goals you have as well as I would like. But, we do the best we can and try to improve every chance we get.
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13 Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama April 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Thanks, Zoie! He certainly is the best motivation possible for my green resolutions!

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14 Face Towels May 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

I love it your thinking about mom & child.

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15 Julie@Baby Beanies July 29, 2011 at 3:58 am

If only more people would actively participate in trying to save the environment. People need to realize it is not the same as buying a bumper sticker. We need action and every little bit helps.
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