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Eco Tube: Why Is It Important That We Celebrate Earth Day?
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
Video Shoot photo by Ed Yourdon

As we get ready to fete the planet, EcoHearth asked passersby: "Why is it important that we celebrate Earth Day—and how do you plan to do it this year?" To see the video containing a representative sample of the responses, click here.

Earth Day Unmentionable: The Inexplicable Absence of Family-Planning Promotion
Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00  |  Written by Jessica Keith | Blog Entry

Condoms Photo by Courtney WalkerOn Earth Day this year, amidst all of the celebrating, we will add more than 275,000 people to the planet's population—as we do every day. By the time Earth Day 2015 rolls around, we’ll have tossed at least another 100 million humans into the mix. But I’m not supposed to talk about that, because reproduction is a private affair Read on…

My History of the First Earth Day
Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00  |  Written by Amy Kaplan | Blog Entry

Hippies Door Sign photo by Todd HuffmanYou’ll forgive, I hope, my recurring theme of aging. Since passing my 50th birthday, I am now considered old, like my mother, who is indeed getting on. I am not as aged as her and never will be—until I am. However, I have been around long enough to remember events that date me and make me “old."

I don’t feel I’m really a Baby Boomer, although I have lived in the shadow of that generation all my life and am classified as one. Therefore I’m considered old and a has-been. Bye-bye. All this is to say that I remember the first Earth Day held in the United States. Read on…

The Seeds of Modern-Day Agriculture: Growing Your Own Grain
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00  |  Written by Guest Contributor | Blog Entry

Wheat Fields photo by Kevin Lallier Agriculture began about 10,000 years ago in Mesopotamia with practices still used today by many farmers—specifically selective harvesting and seed saving. Those Neolithic agriculturalists began removing the more undesirable plants from then-wild wheat and barley species, leaving only plants with apparently beneficial qualities, such as higher seed production and retention. This was most likely the first domestication of any organism by humans. Upon successive seasons of selective harvesting, these wild-grass species began to resemble the crops grown today. Neolithic communities eventually began collecting and saving the most desirable seeds for planned future plantings. Read on…

Eco Tube: What Are Your Favorite Outdoor Activities?
Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
Kayaking photo by Swampa

In anticipation of warmer weather, EcoHearth inquired of passersby: "What is your favorite outdoor activity?" To see the video containing a representative sample of the responses, click here.

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How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?  - Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader's Digest, November 1939   More quotes...