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Ernie McLaney

"Environmental Education, or.... Humans, the final century."

Charlotte, NC, USA
male, age 58
married, 2 children
Speaks: English, Sign Language, Naturespeak
Joined Dec 25, 2008

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Hometown Charlotte, NC 
Birthday July 28, 1960  
Languages English, Sign Language, Naturespeak  
About Me Passionate supporter of Wildlife and Wild Places. Protecting and preserving natural habitats, promoting backyard wildlife habitats. Promotes clean, renewable energy, recycling, conservation and research on new "green" technologies.
I love natural humor and my tunes.
I'm interested in promoting environmental education to our children who will be the stewards of this earth in 20 short years.
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Pets My dog recently died  
Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic
Political Leaning Liberal
Religions Christian - Protestant  
Eating Habits Gluten Free Diet  
Wild Fact About Me As a child, I lived near a very large, multi-acre track of woods. It was there that I spent most of my time; observing nature from my treehouse. I experienced the wonders of nature, chiggers and all!
My Philosophy If we don't take care of the health of this planet, everthing else we do will fail, including our existance. Our children are losing that sense of wonder that can only be found in nature. We need to get them back outside, away from electronics.
What Gives Me Hope Knowing that there are millions like me out there who do more than just talk the talk. I'd like to hear what you are doing!
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by I do know that we need to focus on quality education and move past equating wealth with the accumulation of things. I would move faster with renewable, clean energy. I would protect more land, forests and wetlands for wildlife. I would crack down on corporate responsibility. I would get our kids exposed more to science, the environment and the wonders of nature.
What/who changed my life and why There are a few books that have inspired me: "Last Child in the Woods", "Bringing Home Nature", and "Hot, Flat, and Crowded".
What Bugs Me Greed, Waisting nature resources, Cruelty to any living creature, greed and corruption, pollution of any kind, Coal fired power plants, Big Oil, The distruction of wild places, The distruction of wildlife  
Passions rain and thunder storms, Organic/Sustainable Living, Oceans and all the life in them, animals and nature, Nature and Wildlife, nature, LIFE!!!, sustainability, Trees, Wildlife, connecting kids to the wonders of nature, conservation, backyard wildlife habitats, humor, m  
Inspirations Morning bird songs, peacefulness of the early morning, music and the beauty of nature, Earths Natural beauties, good people making a difference, Universe and beyond, Wildlife/Wilderness, Nature and all it gives us, the beauty of this planet, My children!, My Grandf  
What Scares Me How powerful greed is, That we are near the tipping point, That some people just don't care, that we don't understand the big picture, that we are killing ourselves, that we will destroy life on this planet  
Role Models Roger Tory Peterson, Walt Whitman, St. Francis of Assisi, Henry David Thoreau, Vandana Shiva, Van Jones, David Suzuki, John Muir, My Grandfather  
Quotation "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending."
---Carl Bard

"God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time."
---Robin Williams

"If you think something small can't make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room."

"Some see the glass as half-empty, some see the glass as half-full. I see the glass as too big."
---George Carlin

"School is like a lollipop. It sucks until it is gone."
---Ashley Salvati

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."
- Mohandas K. Gandhi
Interests sustainability, Animal Welfare, kayaking, guitar playing, music (playing and listening), backyard wildlife habitats, Birding and Wildlife Watching, environmental education, Water Conservation, recycling, outdoors, national parks, environment, animals, biodiversity, natu  
Books "Hot Flat and Crowded", "Green to Gold", "Last Child in the Woods"  
Music Simon and Garfunkle, The Eagles, Cat Stevens, Carol King, James Taylor, John Denver, Moody blues, the beatles, My own music, Folk, Classical, Classic Rock  
Movies Star Trek, Our home made movies, Environmental documenteries, Independence Day, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Wizard of Oz  
TV Shows I miss the Carol Burnette Show!, the big bang theory, Animal Planet, SCI FI Network, "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, National Geographic Channel  
Favorite Foods Just about anything, As long as it's Gluten Free  
Favorite Places Bermuda, Victoria British Columbia, Maine Coast, My Backyard WIldlife Habitat, Anywhere with my kayak!, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Nature Preserves, Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, North Carolina mountains and beaches  
Can't Live Without wilderness, humor, breakfast, my bed, bird song, the outdoors, trees, nature, love, laughter, my backyard wildlife habitat, cruising the internet, My Guitar, Sweet Iced Tea with Lemon, a traditional Southern Breakfast, My Family  
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    Oct 20, 2013 11:29 PM

    Tracy B. (673)
    Hi there! I only just recently got back to Care2, and wanted to take a moment to stop by and say hello and thanks for your friendship!  Hope all is well with you!! 

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    Sarah V. (40)

    Happy Birthday my friend Ernie ! Have a great day ! Hugs and loves !

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    Jan 11, 2011 11:30 PM

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    Dec 20, 2010 10:59 AM

    El K. (86)

    Happy Holidays to you and your Family

    Sep 27, 2010 1:59 AM

    Alice C. (1797)
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    Jul 28, 2010 6:39 AM

    Sarah V. (40)

    Hi Ernie,


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    Hugs28 July 2010.

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    Natalia R. (60)

    Have a great weekend!

    Dec 27, 2009 11:55 PM

    Anne V. (62)

    All the best for 2010 !

    Dec 24, 2009 9:51 AM

    roxana d. (3)

    I wish you and family Peace full of happiness, wrapped with care , closed with a smile and sent with friendship.


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    Sep 8, 2009 6:36 AM

    Sarah V. (40)

    Hi Ernie,
    Wish you and your family a wonderful sunny day .
    Hugs and loves.

    Aug 3, 2009 1:45 AM

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    Jul 29, 2009 1:16 AM

    Alice C. (1797)

    Have a wonderful day ! : )

    Jul 28, 2009 4:44 AM

    Elena P. (549)
    and many, many happy returns. Have a wonderful day!

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