Earth Day 2012 Review: Are Social Media Earth Friendly?

April 22nd, 2012 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Happy Earth Day

Spent Earth Day Outdoors And Twittered About It Later

BUT, Is That Earth Friendly?

Would activism, volunteering or something else be more Earth friendly?

(Read last year’s Earth Day Blog Post, “Earth Day Celebration Of Ardis And Philip Hyde And Canyonlands.”)

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Beyond the tweets I twittered, our Earth Day included a hike along Indian Creek, or “The River,” as locals call it because it is the largest part of the Feather River. My friend Nancy’s daughter of seven and her friend, the daughter of a neighbor, made water channels and pools in the same beach sand the neighbor and I dug in when we were the two girl’s age almost 40 years ago. We hiked the rugged, rocky river shore back to the house where the girls did handstands and cartwheels on the lawn while I Twittered about our activities. Then we planted herb starts: Sweet Basil, Marjoram, Parsley, Caraway, Mint and Chamomile. Meanwhile, in the last few days, Daffodils, Lupines and a few other early bloomers had blanketed the garden. We cut Daffodils and Lupines for bouquets the girls took home. There’s nothing like the smell of Lupines or Daffodils in the early Spring.

Twitter asks the question, “What are you doing now?”

A few tweets:

Happy Earthday. Some day everyone will be green, but isn’t it ironic that by then might be too late. A little too ironic…

Earth Day. Friend Nancy is coming over w/her 2 kids. We will dust off the Solar Oven for kids to see in action baking a cake.

Hiking, outdoors, maybe photos, probably just enjoy Earth Day. Enjoy the Earth. Do you enjoy the outdoors?

Children dug in the beach sand at the river high in snow melt. We sat in the shade of Alders just starting to leaf. Watching next generation

What did you do for Earth Day? What do you think of social media? Is there any overlap? Please share your opinion…

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16 comments

  1. I met up some friends and grilled a steak. Awesome evening to just sit outside.

  2. Hi Monte, Thank you for the comment. Glad you had a relaxing evening. It sounds good to me. With long time out-of-town friends visiting, I ate BBQ tri-tip steak the two nights before Earth Day, but not on Earth Day itself by chance. Some people believe we need to stop eating meat and they are right about carrying capacity and so on. However, rather than having a beef about meat, why not just replace beef, here at least, with Buffalo. As you know, native peoples have eaten Buffalo here in North America since they came from overseas, across the Siberian land bridge or whatever theory that may be found incorrect too. The Buffalo tribal culture was sustainable. Buffalo is far leaner, healthier meat and it tastes better too, once you get used to it. BBQing is one of the important American pastimes. Talk about socia media. If people just went to a BBQ once in a while they wouldn’t have to spend so much time on social media. I believe social media are important too, but at the same time there’s that prominent new article in “The Atlantic” in which the author, who just wrote a book about it, said that significant social media use is increasing loneliness: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/05/is-facebook-making-us-lonely/8930/ . In an interview on NPR the author, Stephen Marche, said that if you use Facebook to increase face-to-face interaction, then it is healthy, but if you use it in place of talking to people then it increases loneliness. Stephen Marche also said in the NPR interview that loneliness increases levels of stress hormones http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201204230900 . Also the book, “iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind,” discusses how the internet is changing the shape of our brains. Areas of the brain that govern activities like scanning, speed reading, solving logical problems and searching are enlarging, while areas of the brain that involve social activity are shrinking.

  3. pj says:

    Didn’t do a damn thing… and enjoyed every minute of it.

  4. OK, thanks, PJ. Everybody needs a down day now and then, or maybe more often than “now and then.” Maybe we need a slower pace of life, yet with more prosperity at the same time. The further divorced from nature we get, it seems to me, the faster the pace and the less prosperity for average folks. Our modern culture hasn’t put together yet that doing more does not necessarily mean accomplishing more. The secret, from what I’ve heard but not yet implemented, is to do less and accomplish more. Also, anyone who has gone into the woods and lived in full survival without any man made assistance, knows that nature provides, if we listen. Short term prosperity comes from destroying nature, but long term prosperity is only possible in harmony with nature.

  5. Seems like I’ve said that to a few blog posts over at your outfit too.

  6. I’ll agree with Marche. I watch passengers sit beside each other on a plane, seldom talking with the passenger next to them and plugged in to their portable electronic device. It’s a sad scene to me.

  7. Perhaps all things in moderation? I see it getting out of hand everywhere too. Thanks Monte.

  8. Nissin Flash says:

    Just did my job on Earthday. Social media plays a great role in updating the people from the world.

  9. Thank you, Nissin Flash. Good point. It’s a great tool in that way.

  10. Greg Russell says:

    I planted a garden…it wasn’t a planned earth day activity, but I just happened to get around to it on earth day.

    I tend to be scarce on social media on weekends, but it can be valuable to be sure….just so long as we don’t lose ourselves in it!

  11. Hey Greg, funny how these activities fall into place at the most appropriate time sometimes. We didn’t plan to dig in the sand at the river (Indian Creek) either. We wanted to do something outside, went for a walk with the seven-year-old girls to visit my neighbor and ended up walking home along the river bank. Nancy and the girls just wanted to take off their shoes and put their feet in the snow melt waters as it had heated up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The river ran high and swift. We had to find a safe place to walk in, which could only happen at the old swimming hole where the water slowed down. We all took our shoes off and walked into the biting cold water. The girls moved quickly into digging in the sandy beach as we watched the tiny blue butterflies give us an Earth Day greeting and flutter away. Us two grownups just wanted to relax and sit down in the shade. It was a perfect clear blue sky Spring day. Nothing like sitting directly on the Earth and watching the kids dig in on Earth Day. They of course took the opportunity to get as dirty as possible, covering themselves with Mother Earth. Planting a garden sounds wonderful, Greg. Getting your hands in the soil heals the soul, wouldn’t you say?

  12. Greg Russell says:

    It absolutely heals me….even if its just my corner garden patch in the backyard, there’s something therapeutic about it…

  13. Thanks again, Greg. Dirt is dirt. Any size patch of it works. Besides many other points of satisfaction, a garden keeps one regularly connecting with the Earth.

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