Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day I wanted to give some quick, easy tips to minimize our impacts and celebrate today:

1. Take a shorter shower or go without for a day

2. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your hands

3. Challenge yourself to go without buying or throwing out any plastic 

4. Use a reusable water bottle or coffee mug

5. Bring your own lunch

6. Walk, ride, take public transportation, or carpool to where you are going

7. Turn off the lights and only use what you need

8. Turn off the television, computer, and other electronics and instead spend some time with friends and family, read a book, or go outside

9. Eat local food and vegetables for a delicious, earth and human friendly meal

10. Count the things you throw away today or see if you can go all day without needing to put anything in the trash (not including recycling or compost)

To see what Earth Day events are happening near you, check out the EPA, Earth Day, or your local newspaper. 

If you would like to know more about the history of Earth Day and how it all got started, check out or American Experience: Earth Days by PBS (do not be afraid of the PBS, it is an interesting film).

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