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July 7 2010

10 Fun Ways to Reconnect with Your Mother This Summer.

10 Fun Ways to Reconnect with Your Mother This Summer. (And by Mother, we mean Earth. And by Earth, we mean that big round thing that supports your existence. And by Summer, we mean right now.)
10 Fun Ways to Reconnect with Your Mother This Summer.

Enjoy it, love it, protect it.

10 Fun Ways to Reconnect with Your Mother This Summer. (And by Mother, we mean the earth. And by the earth, we mean that big round thing that supports your existence. And by Summer, we mean right now.)

The groups we work with at Groundwire are an industrious bunch -- always planning this, that, and the other to engage the greatest number of people in protecting and enjoying this gorgeous little planet of ours. Read on for a few of our favorites and please feel free to add to our list.

10 Fun Ways To Reconnect With Mother Earth

1. Hike-a-thon! Make those miles count. If you live anywhere near Washington state: get sponsors, hike like crazy in the month of August, and help Washington Trails Association protect the trails we love.

2. Make an organic pasta that will become your summer staple. For inspiration, check out online recipes from the Idaho Conservation League featuring local meats, cheeses, grains and produce. The Basque chorizo / arugula / feta / red pepper pasta = yes.

3. Be a tree hugger. For reals. If you live in the Los Angeles area, check out the TreePeople online calendar for opportunities to help weed, prune, and mulch the thousands of trees planted each year by volunteers and staff from TreePeople. They’re working toward one million trees planted all over the city to restore the tree canopy and help combat global warming. Plus, trees are the best.

4. British Columbia friends! Not here, not ever. Protect your coast from a catastrophic oil spill by making this the summer to get overly-involved with the No Tankers campaign from Dogwood Initiative. Even better, get 20 of your BFFs involved with you!

5.  Get your faith community involved in the green movement this summer. 6 Steps to Getting Started in Your House of Worship from GreenFaith is a great place to start.

6. High Country News turns 40 this year (watch this anniversary video, amazing story and we are so proud to be part of it). In honor of their 40th year, they have several photo and essay contests going on this summer – enter them! Also, instead of spending your summer book fund on barely-tolerable summer reads, subscribe to this remarkable news magazine and help keep real, investigative reporting going (Print + Web: $29.95/year; Web only: $24/year)

7. Head to Portland, Oregon, this Saturday (July 10) and join 2000+ cycling buddies for The Night Ride, a benefit for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Bike around the city in costume with a bunch of other people in costumes and decorated bikes, eat as many doughnuts as you can, follow a glowing, marked course, and participate in “wild nighttime antics."  Keep Portland Weird, baby.

8.  Hey. Hey you on the couch. Young person. Anywhere in Washington state. Watching Jersey Shore and Yacht Rock Videos and Betty White clips. Kill three birds with one click: Sign up to join The Washington Bus and 1) meet other young people who are cool 2) mom and dad will get off your back 3) you’ll get addicted to making change happen.  

9.  Have you been to the Steens Mountain Wilderness in southeast Oregon? Seriously, one of the most beautiful places in this country. It’s the nation’s first cow-free wilderness, and while the cattle are now gone, the fences remain. To help the sage grouse and antelope migrate without getting caught in the wire, we humans need to clean it up. Every year, Oregon Natural Desert Association sponsors a five day backpacking/fence pull in August. Traipse around this magnificent desert, working and playing and camping. Great summer adventure! (August 25-August 30.)

10. Summer is the perfect time to get involved with your local environmental groups working to protect and restore the country’s waterways. If you live in Seattle, there is a People for Puget Sound volunteer orientation this upcoming Wednesday (July 14) from 5-7pm. take a friend or your kids and learn how you can spend the summer conducting monthly waterbird surveys or participating in muddy, rewarding restoration work parties on the Puget Sound.

 

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