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Back You are here: Home Columns Weekly Columns Green Is Where The Heart Is Green is where the Heart Is: "Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." : Kahlil Gibran

Green is where the Heart Is: "Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." : Kahlil Gibran

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

The 42nd anniversary of the celebration of Earth Day is approaching on April 22nd.   Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin conceived Earth Day and organized a nationwide grassroots demonstration in the spring of 1970. 
This year it is estimated that 500 million people from 4,500 organizations in 180 countries will participate in Earth Day events during the month of April. What are you going to do this month to show her you love her?  If you are near Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach or Topsail Beach you can join the Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation by cleaning up the beaches for Earth Day. 
On Saturday, April 21, from 9am until 12pm meet at Access 29 at Stone Street at Wrightsville Beach, Hamlet Ave in Carolina Beach or Surf Fishing Pier in Topsail Beach.  After the clean ups, head on over to Hugh MacRae Park for Wilmington Earth Day celebration.  
The Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market opens this Saturday at the Lake.  That’s like Earth Day in itself. 
My suggestion is that you take reusable bags for your purchases.  Last year I also learned that it was a good idea to take a few paper lunch bags for any vendors who still supply plastic.  Refusing their plastic bags politely is one way of making a statement that we do not appreciate plastic bags on our beach. 
Everyday I see bags blowing in the wind on our island…..urban tumbleweed they call it.  It was inconvenient not having my own supply of bags at the farmer’s market last year, especially when it came to weighing green beans and smaller produce.  If enough of us refuse them, they will get it.  A shout out goes to Veggie Wagon who provided paper bags and baskets. 
Thanks Max and April and good luck on your expansion of your retail store.  We are excited to see what you are up to. 
Another way of celebrating Earth Day would be to enjoy Nature on Pleasure Island. 
Have you ever taken the nature walk south of the aquarium? 
It can be buggy, but with enough SPF, a hat and non-deet bug repellant it is an awesome exercise as you pass the hermit’s bunker, walk through marshland and end up at the bay.   When was the last time you visited the Carolina Beach State Park? 
Earth Day reminds us to be respectful and appreciative of the wonderful world we share.  Thank you Senator Nelson and all the others who, for the past 42 years have showed us how to share her grandeur.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.