Saturday, July 18, 2009

Child Abuse, Quote & Celebrating Parks Day

-- Quote of the Day --

"Helping a child ends generations of illness; past, present and future. Help a child today, including the one within yourself."
~Dean Balderston


-- Recommended Eco-Resource --

Refuse-Reduce-Reuse Blog: This is a wonderful place to learn about green living, check it out at: http://refusereducereuse.blogspot.com

-- Authors Read --

Today's featured author queried us by saying: “You've seen the ads where two people are at a lake and one person is drowning and the other is standing on the shore and the caption is, 'Would you just stand there and let someone you know drown?' …If you don't know how to swim and don't have any idea as to how to help, what do you do? That's what it's like for thousands of children who are either being abused themselves or discover that a friend is being abused." Dean is a licensed Mental Health Practitioner since 2006 and has written a wonderful book addressing this issue titled: "The Real Life Adventures of Anna and Saddie; book Christina” Dean is presenting us with a brief reading of his book today… on Authors Read radio - simply click on the hyper-linked show title here or look to the right of this site for a link to the Authors Read radio show.


-- Celebrate Parks Day, Everyday this Summer! --


Canada’s Parks Day occurs every July and is a great time to give back to our communities in a green way. First celebrated in 1990, Parks Day is an opportunity for individuals to participate in hundreds of unique and fun events taking place in sites from coast to coast. Events are organized in national parks, national historic sites, provincial parks, and territorial parks, as well as in community and regional parks across the country.

Increasingly regulated and restricted, the dwindling islands we like to call parks are more precious than we could possibly realize. Although having a special day to honor them is fantastic, there really should be a year-round awareness to maintain and keep them clean and garbage free. When we make an effort to keep trails and waterways clean we see measurable results in a healthier and safer environment for wildlife and humans alike to enjoy. Many communities rely on tourism and a clean pristine park will entice tourists to return and mention it to others.

Parks and trails with trash bins are less likely to have litter lying around the grounds. Get in the habit of always packing a supply of bags to pick up any stray litter you might find along the way. Rather than walking by trash and fretting about it – pick it up and be proactive! It is surprising how good it begins to feel when you make a difference.

Eighty percent of the waste found in waterways (streams, creeks, rivers, swamps, lakes and oceans) originates from inland sources. Rivers act like a vortex pulling in debris through air and water currents and can carry it thousands of miles further along its path. Cities on or near these waterways have a responsibility to be even more diligent of pollution as they are more likely to ‘share’ with unwilling populations downstream of them.

Highways and roads are also convenient corridors for loose garbage to travel upon. Natural wind and breezes caused by traffic can pull in a vast amount of junk. We can take action and help to decrease this. Starting in your own yard, do you see loose garbage along your street and alley bordering your yard that needs to be cleaned up? Also, encourage friends, neighbors and businesses to keep garbage bin lids securely closed to prevent litter escaping to the wind. When carrying loads in vehicles, make sure the load is covered so debris does not fall out along the way. Another pro-active option to consider is stream and swamp clean up projects in urban areas. These are often supported by businesses and cities through the donation of garbage bags, supplies, media coverage, trash removal and occasionally, volunteers.

Maybe if there were enough of us continually cleaning up the areas we inhabit, the whole world would resemble a park.

Happy Parks Day, everyone!



Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

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