Celebrate Earth Day – April 22nd

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir

April 22nd, 2017 is Earth Day in the United States.  However, caring for your environment and community should not take a date to be reminded of the things we can do to decrease our negative impact on our planet.  Conservation should happen everyday and like everything else, it begins at home.  Here are some things you can do to celebrate Earth Day.

  1. Don’t be a litterbug.  Starting at home, clean up the garbage strewn about on your lawn.  If you take pride in your surroundings, other people may take notice and want to do the same.
  2. Decrease waste by purchasing durable, long-lasting containers that can be re-used over and over.  If you use disposable containers, choose those that are both biodegradable and made from recycled materials.
  3. Shop from bulk bins when possible.  Save on packaging by purchasing beans, cereal, pasta and nuts from the bulk bins.  Shopping bulk not only reduces waste produced from packaging but, purchasing just the amount you need also means less waste.
  4. Compost your food waste.  This will reduce the amount of trash that go into the landfills.  Use the compost in your garden.
  5. If you garden, make it organic.  Organic agriculture begins as crops that grow without the use of toxic pesticides that end up in soil and water.
  6. Plant a tree or bush.  This may sound cliché but, a single tree can absorb up to 2000 pounds of carbon dioxide during its lifespan.
  7. Stop wasting electricity.  Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.  Unplug electrical appliances when not in use.
  8. Conserve on water usage.  If you’re waiting for water to warm up, place a pitcher under the faucet to collect the cold water with a pitcher then, use it to water plants instead of letting if just go down the drain.
  9. Adjust your thermostat up 2 degrees in the summer and down 2 degrees in the winter.  This will not only save on money but, will also reduce CO2 emissions.
  10. Shop thoughtfully.  Recognize the power of your purchase.  Choose products from companies that care about how they impact the planet.

These are just a few ideas of ways you can celebrate Earth Day.  Surely, the list can go on and on.  Perhaps you have other ideas on how to reduce our carbon footprint?  Just remember…Earth Day should not be the day we do one good deed for our environment.  Earth Day should be celebrated everyday as the damage we’ve already done needs to be undone.  If we don’t take care of Mother Earth, what happens when she is no longer?  Please feel free to share this blog with all of your friends and family.