Thursday, April 12, 2012

L is for Live Earth Day by Kathy Stemke

Today I'm happy to welcome Kathy Stemke to the blog.  She is a fellow author, Editor and Freelance Writer at DKV Writing 4 U Writing Services. 
Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.
The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.

Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.
As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environs worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

As 1990 approached, a group of environmental leaders asked Denis Hayes to organize another big campaign. This time, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts and Symbolism of the Flag.
According to legend, it was created as a combination of the letters e and o, from the words environment and organism. This flag was also based on the Stars and Stripes of the US Flag. Green was substituted in place of blue and red. The colors represent "pure air and green land" and environmental action.
By Kathy Stemke
With Earth Day Approaching on April 22nd it's time to focus on educating our children about conservation. Trouble on Earth Day would be a great resource for this purpose and a super addition to any school or home library.
Shelby the squirrel shares what she learned in school about conservation with her parents. Together they discover many things around their house that can be recycled. The main focus of the book is to Rethink, Reuse, and Recycle. 
Why recycle? How Long Does Garbage Last?
Scientist List Degradation Times:
Banana 3-4 weeks
 Paper bag 1 month
Cotton rag 5 months
Wool sock 1 year
Cigarette butt 2-5 years
Leather boot (or shoe) 40-50 years
Tin can 80-100 years
Aluminum can 200-500 years
Plastic 6-pack rings 450 years
Plastic jug 1 million years
Styrofoam cup Unknown? Forever?
Glass bottle Unknown? Forever?
Trouble on Earth Day is available at a discounted price on my blog: and through Amazon, B & N, and other online stores.
Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep is available through the publisher, and through Amazon, B & N, and other online stores.
Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep
Award winning author, Kathy Stemke’s first children’s picture book, Moving Through All Seven Days, was published on Lulu. Her next two picture books, Sh, Sh, Sh Let the Baby Sleep, and Trouble on Earth Day were released in 2011. Both of these books have been awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 
Having been a teacher for 37 years, Kathy understands and loves children. It’s her desire to give parents and teachers exciting books and resources to help them teach their children all the things they need to have a successful life. 
Mrs. Stemke offers great teaching tips and children’s book reviews as well as a monthly newsletter titled, MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM, on her blog.
Throughout the book tour visitors will be asked to send their best EARTH photo to to be displayed on the last day of the tour. A winner will be selected and awarded a $10 gift card.


  1. Trouble on Earth Day sounds great! I love the idea behind it.

  2. I know Kathy and she is an amazing person and author! Best wishes to her and her books. And thanks Nancy for stopping by and saying hello.

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  3. Thanks for hosting me Nancy. I appreciate it very much.

    I'm glad you like my book Miranda. We need to get kids involved in going green.

    Stephen, thanks for being a good friend. You're a fantastic person too.

  4. Oh Nancy, how wonderful of you to host Kathy and her fantastic. respect-the-environment, entertaining, activity rich, teaching tool - Trouble on Earth Day.
    I am grateful, always, to Stephen Tremp and his cordial comments about Kathy.
    Thank You Nancy.

  5. Nancy, thanks for posting about Kathy and he wonderful book!

  6. I'm always happy to read about Earth Day. This is a useful and important book.

    And, Stephen, good luck with your mission.

  7. thank you Anthony. Nancy and Barbara for your great comments. I appreciate you all very much.

  8. It really was a pleasure hosting you on the blog. It's so nice to showcase a fellow Guardian Angel author!

  9. Thanks for sharing the post, Nancy. It is nice to share about our fellow author. Kathy's books are great!

  10. Isn't it amazing how long things take to degrade? Thanks for this great post.

    Wishing you the best with this latest release.