Earth Day CITO
April 22, 2013

Earth Day CITO

Today is Earth Day, which used to be one of my favorite holidays. I know, it is not a big holiday like Christmas or Easter, or even one of the “fun” ones like Halloween. Earth Day is a day of obligation, a day to remind ourselves what we are doing to the planet and to make a recommitment not to keep doing it.

It was one of my favorite holidays for several years because my best friend and I would gather her parrot, a couple of friend’s parrots and visited the local college to give talks about how the deforestation of the rainforest was killing parrot populations. Our feathered friends performed for the folks, doing all their stupid pet tricks and being adorably cute. We met neat folks, like the raptor rehabilitation folks who let me hold their young bald eagle.

My best friend and I live about 1500 miles apart now, so we don’t get to do the Earth Day shows anymore. This year, I’m going to turn to Geocaching for my Earth Day activities. This is CITO weekend for Geocachers. CITO is “Cache In, Trash Out.” Geocachers try to practice this all year round, but this weekend there are events around the world to encourage cachers to do their bit.

April 20, 21 and 22 are the 11th Annual Cache in, Trash Out weekend sponsored by Cachers will get together to collect litter, pull weeds, build trails, do maintenance on caches and plant flowers… basically anything that will help maintain the planet.

There’s a list of events around the world here, so you can find something in your area.

My plan is to go find a local geocache I haven’t visited before and take along a trash bag. That way, I can log a new cache and collect as much litter as I see along the way. The cache I have chosen has a 1/2 mile walk through part of the Nebraska National Forest, so this should give me plenty of opportunity to help clean up.

How will you celebrate Earth Day this year?

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