America Recycles Day

Presidential Proclamation–America Recycles Day




Each small act of conservation, when combined with other innumerable deeds across the country, can have an enormous impact on the health of our environment. On America Recycles Day, we celebrate the individuals, communities, local governments, and businesses that work together to recycle waste and develop innovative ways to manage our resources more sustainably.

Americans already take many steps to protect our planet, participating in curbside recycling and community composting programs, and expanding their use of recyclable and recycled materials. Recycling not only preserves our environment by conserving precious resources and reducing our carbon footprint, but it also contributes to job creation and economic development. This billion-dollar industry employs thousands of workers nationwide, and evolving our recycling practices can help create green jobs, support a vibrant American recycling and refurbishing industry, and advance our clean energy economy.

While we can celebrate the breadth of our successes on America Recycles Day, we must also recommit to building upon this progress and to drawing attention to further developments, including the recycling of electronic products. The increased use of electronics and technology in our homes and society brings the challenge of protecting human health and the environment from potentially harmful effects of the improper handling and disposal of these products. Currently, most discarded consumer electronics end up in our landfills or are exported abroad, creating potential health and environmental hazards and representing a lost opportunity to recover valuable resources such as rare earth minerals.

To address the problems caused by electronic waste, American businesses, government, and individuals must work together to manage these electronics throughout the product lifecycle — from design and manufacturing through their use and eventual recycling, recovery, and disposal. To ensure the Federal Government leads as a responsible consumer, my Administration has established an interagency task force to prepare a national strategy for responsible electronics stewardship, including improvements to Federal procedures for managing electronic products. This strategy must also include steps to ensure electronics containing hazardous materials collected for recycling and disposal are not exported to developing nations that lack the capacity to manage the recovery and disposal of these products in ways that safeguard human health and the environment.

On America Recycles Day, let us respond to our collective responsibility as a people and a Nation to be better stewards of our global environment, and to pass down a planet to future generations that is better than we found it.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 15, 2010, as America Recycles Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities, and I encourage all Americans to continue their recycling efforts throughout the year.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


The Hudson Valley Green Festival

If you don’t have plans yet for the Labor Day weekend holiday, how about the Hudson Valley Green Festival? The event is sponsored by Rhinebeck’s Terrapin Resturant and will be on 04 September at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site. It is a one day festival celebrating alternative energy, local food and drinks, and other Hudson Valley businesses dedicated to eco-friendly practices. There will be a Farmer’s Market of Hudson Valley products and a “Green Beans” kids tent. Scheduled to perform this year are the Blues Traveler, Amos Lee, John Brown’s Body, The Duke and the King, and many more.

Anything Pawsible

April 25 is National Pet Parents Day! Are you looking for eco-friendly pet products and organic treats for your furry “children”? If you’re in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area, Anything Pawsible will be at the Lexington Avenue Festival between 60th and 66th st. on 01 May, 22nd Annual Broadway Spring Festival between 86th and 96th street on 02 May, and the Ninth Avenue International Food Fair on May 15 and 16. Percentage of the sales will go to Broadway Barks and the Mayor’s Alliance for Sheltered Pets in New York City.

Earth Hour 2010 in the Philippines is done

Okay, I admit that I and our mother didn’t get to do Earth Hour properly this year, since we were out to dinner. During our drive home, one can’t really say we were in serious darkness. There was still plenty of light, although some did make an effort. Some billboards weren’t illuminated, Quezon Memorial Circle was completely dark, two malls (SM North and Trinoma) were relatively dim, and the main building of GMA 7 was dark all over, save for a couple of billboards. The picture you see on the left was taken across SM North EDSA, and the lights at the bottom come from the vehicles rushing down EDSA. A note was passed around our neighborhood reminding everyone about Earth Hour, and while most people complied, one house in particular didn’t, since the people living there were having a big party. I’d say whatever power we didn’t use, they made sure to make up for it with their event.

The 12th Tour of the Fireflies is on April 18

Every year, The Firefly Brigade holds The Tour of the Fireflies to promote the bicycle as a transportation alternative here in Metro Manila and also to raise awareness about pollution and the environment.  What do fireflies have to do with this? Decades ago, fireflies were a pretty common sight in the metropolis. But these days, you rarely get to see them, since they’ve fled the city in search of cleaner air.

This year’s Tour of the Fireflies is taking place on April 18, and it’s going to be a 40-kilometer ride across seven cities. Registration runs until March 31, 2010.

World Water Day – March 22, 2010

Mark your calendar, greenies, World Water Day‘s right around the corner, specifically on March 22, 2010.

This effort came about thanks to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. As former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrote, “(w)ater is essential to life.” We need potable water to survive. We need it to stay clean. We use it for cooking. Even our industries are heavily dependent on water. Heck, the entire planet is mostly water.

So go out there and join the events on World Water Day. You can even organize your own event, if you want.