Monday, April 18, 2011

Celebrate "Earth Day"...become an "Environmental Custodian"!

Friday, April 22nd. is "Earth Day"! This is the day that we recognize our commonalities as peoples of the Earth. Yes, we are all different, but our mutual destiny is tied to the soil beneath our feet. Earth is the place where we all live, work, prosper and return. For this one day a year, we stop and ponder our planet Earth. We reflect upon the past year and how our Earth has held up under the weight of 7 billion peoples. With todays Blog we are going to celebrate 'Earth Day' by talking about something that we very seldom discuss. We believe that, too often, being green and Earth Day has become overly commercialized. Being green and Earth Day is NOT about selling stuff. It's a way of life, a lifestyle, a commitment to preserving our Earth and environment for all the future generations to come. With todays Blog, we will discuss what it means to be an..."Environmental Custodian"!
We, at Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery, are so concerned about saving and preserving our environment that we've even emblazened "Environmental Custodian" on our company shirts (see photos).

Our commitment is NOT skin deep, it wells up from deep inside our souls and core beliefs. We were green when "green' was just a color. According to Websters official definition, a  "Custodian" is a person that..."has the custody or care of something; a caretaker; keeper; a person responsible for the care and maintenance of a place; a janitor". Being "Environmental Custodians", we accept that definition and apply it to our environment.
Lest we forget, we are all just passing through. Four score and ten years may seem like a long time, but, in reality, our lifetime passes in a blink of an eye. We should strive to keep our footprint on our environment as small as possible. Future generations are depending on us...let's not let them down.
Every action that we take should be measured against its impact on our environment. Wines, like most goods and services, should be created as close as possible to the point of consumption. The shipping of wines and grape juices across countries, oceans and around the world makes NO environmental sense. The waste of fossil fuels and polution created by their transportation cannot be justified. Our children and grandchildren will pay the environmental bill.
Unlike most vineyard and wineries today, we at Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery grow 100% of our own grapes. All of our wine labels proudly state..."Grown, Produced, Vinted and Bottled" by us! We generate NO environmental transportaion costs. Our carbon footprint is...Zero100% of our wine bottles are recycled and locally sourced. We encourage all vineyard/wineries to return to to their roots. Relearn how to grow and care for their own grapes and produce their wines in a manner that's environmentally sustainable. As informed and enlightened consumers, we should seek out and support our local vineyard and wineries that are practicing sustainable agriculture.
To become an "Environmental Custodian" is easy and painless. Simply acknowledging that we are "caretakers and keepers" of the environment is all that it takes. Together, we can help make this Earth Day and all future Earth Days the days of..."Wine and Roses"!

'Salute and Happy Days'

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