April 22, 2009 |
Earth Day is upon us, and with it, several "green" events, including the broadcasting of "Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau" on public television and in schools. This is surprising at a time when government involvement in the environment is all the rage. Henry David Thoreau, who wrote that "government is best which governs not at all," is probably writhing in his grave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2001
Earth Day's message of conserving resources and protecting our environment is particularly timely this year as scientists report increased global warming, Californians grapple with an energy crisis and oil drilling is proposed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about the history of Earth Day, April 22, and find out what you can do to help the environment through these direct links on The Times Launch Point Web site: http://www.latimes.
April 18, 2010 |
Avatar 20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 To some, the idea of watching James Cameron's mega-grossing sci-fi action epic "Avatar" at home -- on a small screen and in crummy ol' 2-D -- will seem about as appealing as being stuck in a human body instead of one of those tall blue Pandora models. Yet even at reduced size, "Avatar" is quite the spectacle, with interplanetary landscapes that look like Yes album covers, and an ecology-minded plot that's as rousing as it is corny.
April 18, 2014 |
I wash 1-quart plastic bags to reuse them. And every time, I wonder if I'm doing the right thing. Am I saving plastic? Wasting water? Just being cheap? Such questions can take up a lot of brain space these days and create anxiety in surplus as we contemplate our consumption of the Earth's resources. There's potential for dozens of quandaries every day: If I drive nine miles to my favorite farmers market, is that OK? Or must I go to the closer one I don't like as well? Paper or plastic bags?
April 21, 2014 |
This Earth Day NASA is asking citizens of the Earth to step outside and photograph themselves wherever on the planet they happen to be. The space agency's celebration of the Earth and the people who live on it is called, appropriately, #globalselfie. To participate all you need is a digital camera and a sign indicating which spot on our planet you happen to be standing on. (Not feeling creative? NASA has a sign you can print out on its website. It reads, "Hi NASA! I'm on Earth Right Now @_______)
April 22, 2013 |
The Grand Canyon Railway is sprucing up its 90-year-old steam train with a green makeover for Earth Day, which is Monday (today). The former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train will run on eco-friendly recycled vegetable oil for the ride to the Grand Canyon. Grab a seat this month and receive half off a future visit. The deal: Diesel trains operate daily from Williams, Ariz., to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. It's a 130-mile round-trip ride with observation cars that provide a front-row seat to the spectacular desert landscape.