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Create Community Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part
Your existence and actions are already changing the Earth. Awareness and purpose can make you change it for the better. That’s why a group of members of the Google+ Create program celebrate Earth Day with an art project and encourage you to join.

The project
Earth Day, each year on April 22, is an international event for raising awareness around environmental issues and our planet. The theme of our 2016 project is Create Community Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. It focuses on our personal role on Earth Day and our special part of the world, near home.

How to participate
Make an impact by taking action for the environment and posting about it to Google+ with the #CreateCommunityEarthDay hashtag, wherever you are on Apr 22, 2016.

Clean a beach or woods in your area, work on a community project to improve your neighborhood, tend a garden, develop an app for using resources better, learn how to recycle materials, let imagination guide you to act.

Use your talent and expertise to make a difference. Create something that expresses your role on the Earth Day. We want personal posts that address your involvement and contribution to our environment and ultimately the Earth.

And don’t stop. Go on with the project after Earth Day to make your actions really change the planet.

Our contribution
We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. Here are our contributions to the project. We hope they’ll provide examples and inspire you to join. Comments are locked, please comment on the original posts.

Thanks
Thanks to the Google+ Create member participants for their submissions. Thanks also to +Azlin Bloor, +Valeria Bressan, +nomad dimitri, +Alex James, and +M Sinclair Stevens for organizing this project, and the +Google+ team for the support.

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My astronaut friend +Samantha Cristoforetti took this photo of the Earth from the International Space Station on Feb 15, 2015. My part, where she was born and I live, is below the clouds at right, in Northern Italy.

The view symbolizes my look at the big picture, collecting and reflecting on the art the participants contributed to this project. Credits: ESA/NASA. Original image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/astrosamantha/16323466769/
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+Heiko Mahr tells how to make new homes for wild bees.

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

I love my home - and I guess if wild bees could speak to us they would tell us that they love their homes as well.

In parts of our world their homes are endangered - as we chop down old wood trees which the need to build a home or seal down ground due our spreading cities and ground.

Even if they are wild bees they have a important role in our environment. They are pollinators for trees and fruits and thus needed by us humans to harvest fruits and vegetables.

So you might think you can’t do nothing..
But that’s not true..
You can help the wild bees into a new home - just by building them a new condo.



The easiest designs can be build by a 4 to 5 year kid alone, we build our design in just one day..
The house for the wild bees was build by a group of people some years ago, and you see it is densely populated. As you can see it was built mostly from natural materials,
Artificial materials like bricks or a tar board for the roof.

Our design is
Two egg boxes - painted with red color for and with some holes are a condo for Green lacewings. Green lacewings are controlling populations of other insects like aphids and are a gardener's friend.
The tin can are filled with elder twigs which are a perfect condo for wildbees
The wood box is filled with straw for Earwigs which also live from aphids or other insects which you not want in a garden
The bricks are filled with cast and provide a condo for some sorts of bumblebees which need a harder ground to make their home.



Here are some building instructions from various organisations ranging from very easy to more advanced
https://www.growwilduk.com/content/how-build-your-own-solitary-bee-house
https://resonatingbodies.wordpress.com/resources/building-houses-for-native-bees/
https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/bee_hotel.pdf
http://www.foxleas.com/make-a-bee-hotel.asp

So why don’t you go out and collect some raw materials and start building some condos for wild bees...
We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay


Image Credit: All images taken by Heiko Mahr The image are remaining the properties of Heiko Mahr but is shared on Google Plus in accordance with Google Plus terms and conditions. I grant Google an irrevocable licence to use this image to promote Google Plus and Earth Day.

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+teresa pilcher invites to reduce, reuse, and recycle, especially electronic devices.

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
Reduce. Reuse. and Recycle. Please be thoughtful about recycle possessions, especially these electronic devices. 
Our planet is struggling with enormous waste produced by our consumer driven society.. 
We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
#CreateCommunityEarthDay
If you have read this far thank you for any positive steps you take to reduce, reuse or recycle for our Planet and our future.
Some helpful links... 
Garment Recycling
http://about.hm.com/en/About/sustainability/commitments/reduce-waste/garment-collecting.html
Global Electronic Recycling
http://gerteamwp.com/
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+Roy Hembree shares a 360° video of endangered species.

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Today is Earth Day. In recognition of the day I am sharing this 360° video of endangered species. I don't know if augmented, virtual, or mixed realities can do anything to save the planet on which we live, but they can certainly remind us of what's at stake and of what we've lost.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay


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+Pamela Abi Najem reminds everyone of the importance of water conservation.

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Happy Earth Day!

A big thank you to the wonderful Google+ Create members who participated in the Earth Day initiative-- your messages, photos and videos are all so inspiring. They also serve as important reminders that everyday should be Earth Day!

On Earth Day, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of water conservation and its relation to leaky faucets. According to the EPA, leaky faucets in the U.S. are responsible for wasting an estimated 1 trillion gallons of water every year. If your faucet leaks, fix it-- your pocketbook (hit them at the wallet, right +nomad dimitri ;) ), mankind and the environment will thank you.

A big thank you to +Mari Luukkonen for capturing the beautiful image below.

Happy Earth Day everyone! :)

#CreateCommunityEarthDay
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+Liz C invites not to forget the sea and help it.

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

I have been near the ocean my entire life, but Gplus and photography helped me truly see the sea, truly appreciate the wonder of it. In reviewing my archives, I saw a phenomenal number of captures have the "Sea" tag; I realized I am not a landscape photographer at all, but a seascape photographer :-)

The sea is essential to our lives. Let us not forget it. There are so many organizations to help the oceans, you can be a part of it.

~Ocean Conservancy: http://www.oceanconservancy.org/
~Waves for Water: www.wavesforwater.org
~And an extensive list of marine conservation organizations: http://marinebio.org/oceans/conservation/organizations/

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay
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+Leanne Osborne brings attention to animal conservation around the world.

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My Planet. My Part: Exotic Birds, the Black Market/Pet Mills, & Forsaken Pets

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always adored birds -- especially parrots. When I was little I chose a green and yellow parakeet from the local mall’s pet shop to be my best friend, and named her Cynthia. I taught that little bird everything! I taught her to step up on my finger, and even how to fly back and forth between my younger brother and myself. She loved preening me, and I loved giving her skritches in return. However, I did not know any better at the time that Cynthia would not live the life expectancy of a normal parakeet. This was due to the fact of her origins -- a pet mill. She lived a short, but happy three years with us.

The black market and pet mills are especially dangerous for exotic birds due to their methods in capturing birds, and smuggling them to various parts of the world. One recent example of this was an article that came out last year of a hawker bust attempting to sell cockatoos transported in soda bottles (http://goo.gl/x4jd67). Other ways that exotic birds are taken for granted are by simply abandoning them in a house, or putting them in cages/containers that are not big enough for them. This NY Times article goes into the details of PTSD in exotic birds, and how war veterans and these birds go through their healing process together: http://goo.gl/VGyGB8.

This Earth Day, I would like to bring attention to animal conservation around the world. Our animal friends are very much an important part of the earth, and we should do our part to make sure we don’t take advantage of them. I actively do my part by volunteering for a non-profit organization called Nubs. Their mission is to promote resiliency in children through the inspirational stories of rescued animals who have bravely given life a second chance. We believe that every child should know they are deserving of a happy life, and that they are strong enough to keep moving forward -- just like Nubs! (http://www.houseofnubs.org/)

I’d like to end this post on a more colorful note by sharing +Chwee Hock Low’s Collection entitled My Feathered Friends (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/sil1RB). It’s a beautiful display of just how diverse our “modern dinosaur” friends can look, and their unique moments in the wilderness.

Every animal friend deserves a chance at a wholesome, fulfilling life. We should do our best to reduce the endangerment risk of exotic birds. Adopt birds who are looking for a second chance at living in a “forever home”. If you have a feathered friend, give them a little skritch on my behalf!
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We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay

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Carolina Liu tells about her work on a documentary film project on the preservation of botanical knowledge among traditional Brazilian societies.

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Over the years I have connected with local Brazilian communities that are struggling to preserve the botanical ecosystems of their ancestral lands, along with their way of life.

According to Brazilian Institute of Space Research (INPE), five to six thousand square miles of forest are lost every year in the Amazon rainforest alone.

The large-scale destruction of forest ecosystems not only threatens native communities, but also results in the extinction of hundreds of thousands of rainforest species.

Numerous devastating projects are underway in the Amazon, including the construction of the Belo Monte Dam, displacing 18 ethnic groups living near the Xingu River; and the dam at the Tapajós River, displacing 10 ethnic groups.

For the last few years I have been working on a independent documentary film project (http://documentario.com/uprooted/) about the preservation of botanical knowledge among traditional Brazilian societies. I hope to raise awareness about the problems local communities face because of deforestation and the construction of mega structures.

On the occasion of Earth Day 2016, I ask you to join me and sign the petition to stop the construction of the Tapajós Dam. http://goo.gl/EO5ciC

Image: Valdermir Cunha, +Greenpeace Brasil 

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We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

#CreateCommunityEarthDay
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+Thomas John Kenny shares a view of the beauty of our planet.

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As part of a collaboration with others regarding Earth day 2016, I choose to share this photo of a beach in Havana, Cuba yesterday (an experience for which I am, of course, very grateful).

The background in the image speaks for itself with regard to the beauty of our planet and for me, the importance of appreciating the natural world around us.

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We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay
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+Rupert Wood invites to take small steps every day for a long-term environmental effort.

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Earth Day 2016 - My Planet. My Part.
Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Cumbria, UK

There are many ways of celebrating #EarthDay and rather than give yourself a hard time that you should make a special effort every day to be more conscious of the footprints we leave on this earth. Instead, think back to how little you were doing in comparison on a daily basis a few years back.

Special days shouldn't be just about making a special effort of awareness that day, but raising that awareness over time. Think of it as lots of small light footsteps, rather than irregular thumping big bootprints....

#ExcuseTheMixedMetaphors

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Posted as part of #CreateCommunityEarthDay
We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
You can see other contributions from Create members in the +Google+ collection here -  https://plus.google.com/collection/cz5DTB 
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