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Happy Earth Day!

So many of the activities that we undertake to make the world a better place for our children and children around the world are solitary. We do them by ourselves, in the comfort of our own home with only our conscience as witness.

Earth Day is a great opportunity to take on global climate change by working with others.

According to Earth Day Network, there are thousands of events taking place around the world, from Kabul, Afghanistan’s tree-planting project to Sanaa, Yemen’s recycling program.

Go to Earth Day 2010’s website and put in your zip code to generate hundreds of opportunities near you. Or you can plan your own Earth Day activities. Here are some ideas:

  • Plant a tree in your yard;
  • Start a compost pile;
  • Abstain from meat for one day;
  • Go on a family “litter walk” and pick up trash in your neighborhood or in a local park.

For more ideas, check out Earth Day 2010.

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The International Sport of Baseball

Despite the fact that the “World Series” actually only includes teams from the United States and Canada, baseball itself is an incredibly international sport.

In honor of the opening day of baseball I did a little research on baseball’s global connections and I found out some really cool information.

Since baseball is a sport that loves statistics, here are a few:

  • Major league ball players have come from 54 different countries since the 19th century.
  • Jeff Bronkey, a pitcher with the Texas Rangers for three seasons in the 1990s, was born in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • There are more major leaguers from the Dominican Republic than any other country (other than the U.S.).
  • Venezuela, Canada, and Cuba round out the top 5.

The first baseball game played outside the United States was in England but one of the most unique games was probably the one played in front of the Sphinx in Egypt.

Statistics from the Baseball Almanac.

But perhaps nothing accurately captures the spirit of baseball than this quote from Tommy Lasorda:

“For starting pitchers we have two Dominicans, one Italian, one Mexican, and one Japanese.┬áIn the bullpen we have a Venezuelan, a Mexican, a guy from the United States, and a guy from St. Louis.”

But no matter where you go in the world, you won’t find a better mascot than the Philly Fanatic.

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