This April 22, make a commitment to yourself and your community to celebrate the earth for more
than just one day. Instead, do your part throughout the year by adopting a greener way of life.
The first Earth Day
was celebrated on April 22, 1970. It was the idea of Sen.
Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin to organize a nationwide grassroots demonstration to bring recognition to environmental
issues across the United States. That day, 20 million Americans took to the parks and streets to stress the importance
of living in a healthy and sustainable environment.
Earth Day is still observed each year on April 22
by more than 500 million people in 175 countries.
In fact, Earth Day has now evolved into a worldwide,
yearlong campaign to protect our global environment.
Below are 12 things you can do alone or with others to help protect the environment every day:
Reduce & Reuse
Clean out your basement and attic. Instead of throwing away items such as toys, books and clothes
and adding to overflowing land fills), give them away to charity or have a yard sale.
Place a recycling container next to your garbage can or close to it.
Toss in all paper, glass & plastic you use during the day.
Use Cloth Bags
Instead of accumulating more plastic bags every time you go shopping,
take a cloth or canvas bag with you to carry home all your purchases.
Clean Up Litter
Discarded waste can destroy an areas natural beauty, harm wildlife and diminish water quality.
Organize a group to clean up litter from your neighborhood and pledge to pick up a piece a day.
Plan errands so you can get most of them done in one trip. Organize a carpool with neighbors who work
near where you do, or take public transportation to the office.
Drink Tap Water
Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. Thats because over 80% of plastic
bottles are thrown away, instead of recycled. Eliminate the problem by taking tap water with you in a
Change Light Bulbs
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) reduce the energy used for lighting by one-third
and can be used wherever you would use a regular bulb.
When doing laundry, save energy by washing in cold water and line drying.
Planting trees helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean pollution,
secure soil in place to prevent erosion and provide homes for all kinds of animals.
Save water in your home by installing low-flow showerheads & toilets,
and consider buying a front-loading washing machine.
Buy & Prepare Organic Foods
Organic farmers conserve water, soil and energy in their agricultural
practices to help preserve the environment for future generations.
Learn More About Nature
Visit a local botanical garden or nature preserve to learn about nature from experts
and scientists. Or join a local nature club and attend organized conservation events.