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Blog: Ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day

Blog: Ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day

By Meg Senack, ALT Stewardship Intern

 

As the 46th annual Earth Day is on April 22nd, we hope that everyone is continuing to be mindful and conscious of the environment throughout one’s daily activities. Here are some things that you can be doing to support the Earth not just one day of the year, but every day!

  • Be mindful of your at-home water usage (for example: only run the dishwasher or washing machine when it is completely full, shut off the water when brushing your teeth, wait for the rain to wash your car instead of washing it yourself)
  • Allow your lawn to turn brown instead of keeping it perfectly green (let’s be real, we all don’t have the paparazzi following us taking pictures of our home every day to be in People Magazine)
  • Carpool, walk, or bike to do errands or to get to work (a little exercise would do all of us some good)
  • Unplug your electronics/appliances when they aren’t in use
  • Start your own garden or grow a few indoor plants/herbs
  • Hang-dry your laundry on nice days instead of running the dryer
  • Refill a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water from the store
  • Plant a tree, which will not only be beautiful and good for the environment, but it could also shade part of your home and save on cooling (plant on west side of home)
  • Adjust your thermostat when you aren’t home
  • Recycle!
  • Reduce your snail mail by switching to electronic billing/bank statements (I know how much we all love the satisfaction of ripping open the envelopes and getting paper cuts, but I think we’ll manage without it)
  • Consider donating the items you no longer want before throwing them away
  • Use reusable shopping bags (they’re basically just fashionable purses and hand bags)
  • Go to a farmer’s market to help support local farmers and local businesses

These are just some of the small things you can be doing to help make a difference and keep planet Earth healthy for future generations! Have a great Earth Day!