For Earth Day, I thought I’d review Earth Day top 10 lists and see which ones I thought were tops.
1. “Top 10 Earth Day Campaigns You Can’t Miss” – Takepart.com.
I liked this list best because it describes actions and activities from a wide variety of organizations – from Greenpeace to National Geographic to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
2. “Top 10 Cities to Celebrate Earth Day” – NBC.com.
This list is fun. Seattle is described as “Where the folks are green and the plastic bags are taxed.” Among the other cities included are Austin, Texas; Boston; Ashville, N.C.; Portland, Ore.; and San Francisco.
3. “Top 10 Earth Day Songs” – Y! Music.
Robert the Radish picked these songs, but many of those leaving comment thought “Earth Song” by Michael Jackson should have been included.
4. “Top 10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Global Warming” – Earth Day Network.
This is a standard to do list for Earth Day. I selected it because it includes “Plant a tree.”
5. “Top 10 KBB Green Stories of 2009 – Early Edition” – Kelley Blue Book.
It was encouraging to see this list of green stories about cars.
6. “World’s Top 10 Eco-hostels” – Travelbite.co.uk.
This list made me dream – Ireland, Hawaii, Singapore, England, Iceland. I’d love to spend Earth Day at any of these hostels.
7. “Earth Day 2009: Top 10 TV Shows on Planet Green” – Examiner.com.
These TV shows looked interesting and may be worth a look after Turnoff Week is over.
8. “Happy Earth Day – 10 Environmental Films You Can Watch Online for Free” – Urlesque.com.
The films highlight the impact people have on the environment, and the responsibilities they share for the planet's future.
9. “Top 10 Greenest Celebs” – Metromix/Detroit.
Here’s what 10 stars are doing for the Green Movement.
10. “10 Environmental Disasters to Remember on Earth Day” – AlterNet.com.
I put this one last because it’s discouraging to think about events such as species extinction, mountaintop removal, Love Canal, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Hurricane Katrina, and the Great Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
But that’s what Earth Day is about – to recognize all the environmental destruction that has occurred and to develop policies and projects to develop a greener world.