The League of Wheelmen began in 1880. The idea back then was to have an organization that fought the prejudices against those who rode bikes. Over the years it has become the League of American Bicyclists who promote using bikes to help with the environment, health and to slow down life a little so people can enjoy it. There is a Bike Month, Week and today (Bike To Work Day). It always falls on the 3rd Friday of May when, hopefully, the weather is better. Riding your bike to work has it’s challenges but it is worth it, provided work isn’t a 100 miles away.
How to celebrate – Ride your bike to work. If you don’t have a bike, get one! Plan your route to work so it’s safe and you get to enjoy things you might not normally see.
March 28th Earth Hour
Today is designed to recognize what we are doing to our planet and how we need to take of it. It celebrates the World Wide Fund For Nature and requires we all turn off all non-essential electrically operated items from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Of course the times will vary with where you live but the idea is clear. For an hour you can do without your computer, television and any other electrical item you are using. It’s just an hour so I think we can all suffer through that.
How to celebrate – Do what you can to save the environment. Observe the hour of not using your electrical items. Cherish the earth, it’s the only one we’ve got.
March 11th World Plumbing Day
To no one’s real surprise, today was created by the World Plumbing Council, but with good reason. Can you imagine our world without plumbing? Bringing water into our homes and removing waste from it. It keeps us healthier and saves the environment from certain disaster. Even though you can never find a plumber when you need one, they are out there hiding in the shadows with a pipe wrench in hand.
How to celebrate – Thank a plumber for their services today. Learn how to do your own plumbing. Put a plumber on your speed dial.
If you think about it, man has been trying to capture the wind since… well… since the beginning of time. We use it for electricity, sailing ships, gliders, kites, and sometimes, just to enjoy those ocean breezes that both warm us and keep us cool. Over the years we have learned to use the wind, but we have never actually learned to control it. I doubt we ever will. It has a life of its own to some degree. We can channel it, move it, and increase it but it still has it’s own spirit. And I think that is good! In the end, it reminds us that we are not the end all and that somethings still control us even when we think we control them.
How to celebrate – Do some sport that involves the use of wind. Go sailing. Create your own power plant with a wind turbine.
August 1st National Mountain Climbing Day
This is not a day designed to get you to climb Mt Everest.
It is designed to get you up and out of the house and walking along the many
natural, and man-made, paths that might include a mountain or two. Leave Mount
Everest to the experts, those people that want to drive spikes into rock slabs
and dangle from ropes. Pick the easier paths, still requiring effort but not
beyond the average everyday hiker. It was created to honor Bobby Madigan and Josh
Madigan for scaling the highest 46 peaks in the Adirondack Mountain’s in New
York. Watch out for the snow, if you come across any, I got the worst sunburn
of my life going up a foot trail of a mountain in Colorado. The sun reflects
off the snow and will burn you to a crisp!
How to celebrate – Go climb a mountain! Watch the Sound of
Music. Get out and enjoy nature.
This is a great idea! Let’s all ride to work on our bicycles. It is always the 3rd Friday in May and has been created by the League of American Bicyclists who came from the League of American Wheelmen, formed in 1880. Back then you could ride anything to work that had wheels. Of course, the horse was the most natural thing to ride and I do not believe most horses have wheels. Now I am all for saving the environment and getting the exercise required to be healthy… that said, I’m not too sure about this ride a bike to work day. If you wear a suit and carry a briefcase this could be a challenge. if you wear a dress to work and carry a purse, it could be an issue. If you work an hour away by car, this could be an issue. It’s a great idea but it takes some preplanning and some extra effort on your part. Try the night before as a test to make sure this is practical for you.
How to celebrate – Ride your bike to work. I would suggest not taking the highway. Form a bike ride to work group.
April 22nd Earth Day
Today we recognize just how important our resources are here on Earth. We must learn how to protect them while we retain our style of living. In 1962 U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson created “Father of Earth Day”. His efforts were recognized by John F. Kennedy who gave the day his full support. Over the years it has become an environmental awareness day, trying to make people aware of what we’re doing to the earth through our actions and creating activities that help Mother Nature. While the ways to save our earth are varied there is no doubt that we must take an active part in salvaging what we have left.
How to celebrate – See how you can help the environment. Do
something simple like recycling to do your part. Celebrate the earth and all it