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Author Hazlewood Believes Book "Chester Goes to Africa" Has Lessons for Earthday

Chester the eco-friendly mouse in pursuing his resolve aims to entertain and sensitize kids to an appreciation of the environment.

Author Hazlewood Believes Book
New York, NY, April 21, 2011 --( On April 22 many groups will celebrate Earthday 2011, a day that has become symbolic for resolutions about conserving or sustainably using the earth’s resources to mitigate global warming and climate change. Individuals will pledge to start acts of green, become advocates to save energy, plant trees, repurpose and recycle waste, reduce vehicle use, reuse shopping bags and conserve water.

“The problem and risks with resolutions,” says Leyland Hazlewood, himself a green advocate, “are in the performance and our tendency to keep postponing really simple and meaningful green acts.” People are promising to buy green products under the assumption that they can distinguish between genuinely green and “greenwashed” products. Others will join recycling programs for plastic, glass, metal and electronic materials. More people have become more sophisticated in calculating the impact of their actions on their carbon footprint. “When it comes to repurposing materials, I can think of three standouts,” says Hazlewood. “There is Ken Butler in Brooklyn, New York who builds musical instruments from things he finds on the streets, and there are two musicians who have invented percussion instruments from beer bottles filled with water and ‘VibraCanz’ from discarded tin cans.”

Hazlewood, author of “The Green Toys Directory” and “Chester goes to Africa” cites two examples to deal with the issue of commitment to carrying out resolutions. Taken from the Talmud, there was the old man who was ridiculed for planting a fig tree because at his stage of life it was unlikely that he would live to enjoy the fruit. The old man’s perspective was that the fruits will be there for his son just as he had enjoyed the fruit from trees planted by his father. Chester, the fictional character in the children’s book, who was uprooted by bulldozers to build a noisy, congested and polluted city carried out his promise to fly all the way to Africa to experience a clean environment.

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