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‘A Name’ by Ada Limón

When Eve walked among the animals and named them — nightingale, red-shouldered hawk, fiddler crab, fallow deer — I wonder if she ever wanted them to speak back, looked into their wide wonderful eyes and whispered, “Name me, name me.”

– Ada Limón (1976)

I found this poem while riding the NYC subway. I was absolutely enraptured by this short poem and wanted to share it with you all. You can visit the MTA Arts & Design site by clicking here to view more poems and past poetry.

The 5-Minute Beach Clean-up Challenge

Hey there bloomers! Yesterday I started the conversation about oceanic pollution and how it affects the entire world. You can click here to view the World Environment Day post. But to recap here — this week I’m spending time on bringing awareness to this environmental problem that affects our entire ocean. Today I’m continuing that convo by introducing an Instagrammer who’s taking a stand against oceanic pollution, plastic use, and making it social.

Her name is Carolina and she’s from Costa Rica. She founded the Instagram @5minutebeachcleanup as a challenge to everyone all over the world. Would you sacrifice 5 minutes of your beach time to tossing trash? I think any person who naturally cares about the world wouldn’t mind at all.

As inspiring as this is, it doesn’t stop there. Carolina invites her followers to tag their own clean-up photos and may very well repost yours if you participate. You can easily tell that she’s passionate about this when viewing her pictures & captions. I had the opportunity to reach out to her and thank her for the work she’s put into such a great effort.

Although 5 minutes does not sound like a long enough time for the perfect clean-up… every little bit counts. When more people are involved, the same 5 minutes can become hours, days, and even weeks added up. Imagine how much cleaning up can be achieved in that time if we shared the responsibility locally. I think environmental change truly comes from the human conscious understanding how each of us is apart of a much larger whole. But first, think with compassion and sacrifice some 5 minutes.

This is the perfect chance to take a stand against people like Donald Trump who don’t take evidence of climate change and environmental protection serious. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids, family members, friends, colleagues, etc. about the importance of oceans, beaches, marine life, and how it relates to us.

Below are some more snapshots of this amazing cause. Please follow @5minutebeachcleanup and take part in the challenge at your local beach!

From Israel 🇮🇱✨סבבה Sababah! Cool! 💙💦💜 THANK YOU! #Repost @kelsfyfe ・・・ The future #5minutebeachcleanup

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#Repost @surfrider ・・・ Let's make single-use plastics a thing of the past. 📷: @woodswheatcroft

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From Mexico 🇲🇽 #Repost @guadafk GRACIAS ♥ Consciousness ♥ Education ♥ Responsability ♥ 👏🏼👇🏼 ・・・ Every day, on the beach, there are tons of plastic brought from the ocean. What if we all really take 5 minutes each day we go to clean it? – why do we expect anyone else to clean the plastic we consume every day from out beaches? – every act of kindness goes a long way. Dear Tulum voyagers; let's carry a portable ashtray, let's pick a bit of plastic every day, every little counts. Imagine if we all do it as our holiday routine? – imagine if we teach that to our kids?- But most importantly, let's be conscious of the plastic we use every day. There are ways. Let's not get too comfortable around trash. #tulum #tulumbeach #betterworld #5minutebeachcleanup #fiveminutebeachcleanup #loveyourplanet🌎

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Your Searches, Planting Trees

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend in one way or another. I’m spending it by relaxing with the mixed weather we’re having here in NYC. Anywho, I wanted to share this search engine called Ecosia that I’ve been using for over a year now. It uses the ad dollars companies put up to show on search engines to plant trees. So essentially when you’re doing research, using Ecosia, each ad plants a tree. All you would have to do is either install it as an extension on your current web browser (I use Google Chrome) or go to Ecosia.org like you’d go to Google.com.

With environmental concerns and awareness becoming more & more substantial, I always think of how I might be able to help. And also, how can other people get involved even if it’s remotely. If you can’t find time to participate in things like volunteering or activism as much as you’d like so this adds value to something you’re already doing in your everyday life. When you’re on your individual computer’s Ecosia page, it will even tell you how many trees you help plant in the top right corner. Unfortunate to say though, it resets for every different browser and computer used so there won’t be a total tally unless you’re probably keeping your own record.

Furthermore, I have found Ecosia‘s search engine to be lacking on the information side. You always have to be careful when you’re looking up facts in the first place but I was not fully satisfied with the results it yielded. Google has always been, by far, the best search engine tool in the last almost two decades of existing. But when researching something that I know is an easy search and rather direct, Ecosia is the way. It’s for such a great cause!

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People’s Climate March on 4.29.17

Here we are again marching for a major scientific cause. The People’s Climate Movement is much more controversial but nonetheless critical to the world and it’s habitable nature. It’s taking place this Saturday, April 29th which also marks the 100th day of Trump’s administration being in office. It’s at the same location as last week’s March for Science at the National Mall of Washington D.C.

This march is to continue reminding our world leaders that the future is in our hands. To let them know we will persist in spreading awareness among ourselves and doing what we can as a “superior” race. Climate control is a matter of managing existing pollution and the rate at which we’re extorting our natural environments to produce pollution.

Nature is not any single place, it is the entire earth. It is our only place and only home. It’s a duty for us to respect the foundations of life and human existence. And it’s the only way our species will be able to carry on sustainably for generations to come.

To find local events click here to be directed to their Sister Marches page or click here to download posters/flyers to support the cause.

If you are like me, in the New York City area,
there are local events happening so you too can get involved:

March-Against-Trump (the MAT)
April 29, 2017 @ 12:30pm
Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

People’s Climate March: NYCHA Takes Action!
April 29, 2017 @ 10:00am
NYCHA Woodside, HANAC Astoria, NYCHA Ravenswood and Jacob Riis Settlement Center in Queensbridge
50-19 Broadway, Woodside, NY 11377
Queens, NY

Leonia People’s Climate March
April 29, 2017 @ 9:30am
Leonia Middle School
500 Broad Ave
Leonia, NJ

Climate Rally Bergen and Beyond
April 29, 2017 @ 10:00am
Bergen County Courthouse
10 Main St
Hackensack, NJ

For marchers in Washington D.C. below is a map of the march route as well as transit, food, and restroom locations. You can also visit their site at PeoplesClimate.org for all information not mentioned here.

Safety always first. Stay humble. Happy marching!