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The environment is important to Canton Public Library and the Canton community. Canton Green Resources:

Movie Presentation: Deep Blue (all ages)

Saturday, April 18, 2-4 p.m. The library will kick off its Earth Week celebration with a presentation of the compelling BBC documentary Deep Blue. Cutting-edge submarine technology was used to explore the deepest reaches of the sea, resulting in a breathtaking and awe-inspiring film. Refreshments will be served. Please call 734-397-0999 or inquire at the reception desk to register.

Earth Day for Little Ones

Want to introduce Earth Day and green living to your preschooler?  Check out some of these picture books that help introduce the concepts of gardening, recycling and loving the earth. 

Go Green for Spring

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow; the urge to make everything fresh and clean is in the air. Check out CPL Housekeeping staff's eco-friendly hints to green up your clean up.

Green-up your cleanup by Jill Potvin Schoff — Keep odd socks for general dusting. Combine lemon juice or vinegar with water, boil in the microwave to help soften stuck on foods.

Where did that apple come from?

Want to find out where your food comes from? Learn about fair trade, food miles and local markets in Your Food by Sally Hewitt.

Where will you be when the lights go out?

Earth hour Earth hour 2009 is Saturday, March 28 starting at 8:30 p.m. From the Earth hour website: "World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions."  For more information, visit the website, http://www.earthhourus.org/ .

Food in your back and front yard

Ever heard of the Food Not Lawns movement? If you have and are planning to get an early start on growing your own foods this spring, we have goodies for you. Brussel sprouts, cabbage, marjoram, potatoes, parsley...what seeds should you plant in March?

Economy Spurs Home Garden Boom

The Associated Press reported in "Dollars from Dirt: Economy Spurs Home Garden Boom" that people are gardening to save money. I love the thought that backyard gardening can not only make people and the environment healthier, but can perhaps help solve the economic crisis. CPL's "Yard Scraps to Garden Treasures" program on April 22 from 7:00-8:30pm can get you off to a great start by showing you how to compost and enrich your soil.

The Power of Solar

In your efforts to go green do not forget about the power of solar. Some companies, like Ikea, are developing solar power products like Ikea's new solar lighting line. To find out ways you can use solar energy in your life check out Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook: Your Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living by John Schaeffer.

Happy Birthday, Carl Hiaasen!

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Yes, I know it’s over a month away. But if you’re looking for some great environmental reads in the meantime, try checking out a book by Carl Hiaasen in honor of his birthday today!

If you want to learn even more about the environment, take a look at our April programming for upcoming earth day activities, or look in our collection for more stories and information about protecting the environment!

Be a Citizen Scientist

scientistVolunteers, or citizen scientists, from all over the nation (yes this means you too!) are needed to help gather information and data on climate change. The USA-National Phenology Network will use these observations, like the flowering of plants and when trees fruit, to understand how climate change is effecting seasonal cycles and therefore human life.

Green Scene: Endangered Animals

Did you know that the Tasmanian Devil is an endangered species? Find out about this and other animals in danger of extinction in these books.

Lifehack at your Library

Lifehacking is, in simple terms, "anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way." If you subscribe to the most popular lifehacker blogs, you'll find articles on anything ranging from setting up a TiVO to making a fake wallet in case you get mugged.

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Global Warming Severity Underestimated

DroughtIn a recent article in The Guardian, scientists warn that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) substantially underestimated the severity of global warming over the rest of the century in their most recent report on climate change. In reponse, former US vice-president Al Gore called for a globally coordinated stimulus to tackle climate change.

Think Green When Planning Your Next Vacation

Although ski resorts have been proven to have a negative impact on the environment, many resorts are making efforts to become more sustainable. Treehugger.com has come up with a list of the Top 7 Greenest Ski Destinations in the U.S. For those looking for warmer, or simply different eco-friendly destinations, check out the resources CPL has on ecotourism. Photo courtesy of AP Photo.

Are You a Locavore?

Locavore (noun): One who tries to eat only locally grown foods. Being a locavore is good for you, good for the earth, good for local farmers and good for the Michigan economy! Learn more about how and why to be a locavore; check out "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, with Stephen L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.

Environment Information

Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education - Inspires young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way.

Eco-Labels - This site by Consumer Reports allows consumers to find out what the labels on their favorite green products really mean.

EcoGeek - EcoGeek devotes its pages to exploring the symbiosis between nature and technology.

Take Action!

Credit Card Offers - Allows you to opt-out of pre-approved credit card offers.

Direct Marketing Consumer - Get your name off direct mail lists (it will cost you $1), telemarketing lists, email lists and more.

GreenDimes - For $36 per year, or just a dime a day, GreenDimes will reduce your junk mail and plant a tree on your behalf each month.

GreenerChoices.org - GreenerChoices.org was launched by Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports and offers information on buying "greener" products that have minimal environmental impact and meet personal needs.

Buy Green

  • buymichigannow.com directory — Look for a variety of products from Michigan based companies
  • Dine Green — Find certified green restaurants in Michigan (such as Amici's Pizza in Berkley, MI) and in other states. Restaurant owners can also find out how to become certified
  • Door to Door Organics — Local organic vegetables delivered right to your door
  • eatwild.com — Find safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy… and other wild edibles near you
  • Eco-Friendly Paint — Benjamin Moore's Aura paint meets the toughest VOC rules in the country.

Green Resource Bibliography

The following materials are found in the collections of the Canton Public Library.

Green Consumers