Earth Day for Naturist Gardeners and iNaturalist


Naked Gardening

We get press releases about naked gardening occasionally, especially for World Naked Gardening Day (yes, it’s a thing). So I wasn’t surprised to see nudity being suggested as a way to celebrate Earth Day.

Except this is 2020, when promoting “festivities” at clubs, resorts and campgrounds for “naturists” (people who practice nudity for reasons of health or religion) makes no sense. The press release from a nude recreation association was dated April 18, when surely all those places are closed, right?

(I wonder if the PR firm scheduled the releases waaay in advance and forgot to cancel it.)

I DID learn a few things from the press releases, things I never think about:

On the environmental benefits of clothing-optional getaways, “Remember, luggage kills fuel economy, which is one reason why checking it on the airplane costs you. ..You will travel light on road trips too. Did you know an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle reduces your car’s fuel economy by 2%? Those taking a Nakation vacation are able to pack less and travel more.”

Oh, and I need to add to my list of things to avoid doing because polyester is resource-intensive and and “fast fashion” is hugely wasteful. Fortunately (I guess), I have nowhere to go, so my clothes-shopping is on hiatus.

On a happier note, I read that “Many nudists are closely connected to and get eagerly involved in the preservation of our nation’s beaches, parks and other natural resources, and they are also committed to reducing their personal impact on the Earth’s resources…One reason nudists are also called naturists.”

And that’s a damn good term for nudists, even if everyone has to google it.

iNaturalist for Regular Nature-Lovers

Next, I came upon this video demonstrating the use of iNaturalist, an app produced by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

iNaturalist does lots more than identify plants for us. I’m going to give it a try.



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