Sending Earth love 💚🌍 today and every day! Happy Earth Day 2019!
At the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), we strive not only to be superheroes for the brain injury community, but superheroes to the earth, too.
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated in April throughout the world to bring awareness, advocacy and action for environmental protection. At BEST, Earth Day is every day, from creating a physical space that is environmental friendly to offering opportunities to creatively explore other ways to help.
BEST Executive Director, Gloria Kraegel, echoes these statements.
“In 1970, millions of people protested the damage of what 150 years of industrial development did to our environment. For 2018, the focus is plastic,” says Kraegel. “Because Earth Day is really every day, we, at the BEST office and Our BEST Space, look to reduce waste by using real coffee cups instead of Styrofoam, real glasses instead of plastic cups, recycling glass bottles and all of our paper waste.
This may not sound like much, but it helps. It also demonstrates to others a simple way they, too, can protect our environment and save money.”
Kraegel also believes that educational experiences add even more depth and power to helping our planet.
“At BEST, we offer classes, virtual workshops, and online information about healthy living that is in harmony with the world around us, “explains Kraegel. “Eating whole foods, organic, local and cooking for ourselves so there isn’t added sugar, for example. Addressing the way that we eat goes a long way to contributing not only to our own health, but the health of the world around us.”
Following, are some online resources to explore. Watch this space for more earth-friendly resources, tools and educational opportunities to come.
Click the green words for more online information:
Second Life Online Platform: Etopia EcoCommunity
A helpful infographic on simple ways you can help protect the Earth from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
A good article on how a healthy diet can help save the planet.
Quote of the Week
In honor of Earth Day this week, we turn to Chief Seattle for words of wisdom.
Save the Date!
Earth Day: Celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22 with BEST! We will be doing a special giveaway in honor of the 45th anniversary of this special and important day with a wonderful gift box courtesy of our friends at the Curran Apple Orchard in University Place! Watch for the announcement on Tuesday, with the giveaway happening Wednesday evening. Entering is easy: just like the post on Wednesday and you will be entered automatically in our random drawing. Good luck!
Hot roller derby action: See our wonderful community partner, the JBLM Bettie Brigade, take on the Atomic City Roller Girls at their next home bout at Rollin’ 253 in Tacoma on Saturday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children under eight years old are free. Buy your tickets online here. Better: during the event there will be a silent auction to win “Skate with a Bettie, ” a private skating session with your favorite skater. Proceeds of the auction will be donated to BEST. Let’s get out there and cheer on our favorite team!
How about them apples: Join BEST at the Curran Apple Orchard in University Place, Washington on Friday, May 1 at 12 p.m. for a special lunch ‘n’ learn event. Bring a brown bag lunch and learn about this unique apple orchard park and get to meet and greet the BEST apple tree! We will meet at the park’s amphitheater for lunch and the presentation.
This Week at Our BEST Space
Here’s what’s happening at Our BEST Space for the week of April 20, 2015.
MONDAY APRIL 20, 2015: Our BEST Space will be closed.
Stone Soup Group (FREE): Wednesday, Apr. 22 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Stitching It Up Craft Group (FREE): Wednesday, Apr. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Empowered Self (Fee–see description here): Thursday, Apr. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Late Lunch Chess Club (FREE): Friday, Apr.24 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Wii Bowl: Do You? (FREE): Friday, Apr. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Games, Games, Games (FREE): Friday, Apr. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m.
See our activities calendar for more info and details by clicking HERE.