Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day 2012

Happy Earth Day! 

Even though we should live every day like it was Earth Day, here are some things that you can do today to decrease your impact.

Image courtesy of RT Library 

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. Make your own lunch or dinner instead of eating frozen food or going out

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 find Earth Day events near you check out the EPA's site. If you are in the Bay Area the Mercury made a nice list of events. Many cities also put local events online, so be sure to check your city's website. 

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