Earth Day is right around the corner. Are you ready to Mobilize the Earth™? More than one billion people around the globe are expected to participate in Earth Day 2012, which is on Sunday, April 22nd. It’s a dedicated day for all nationalities to voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection in hopes of a sustainable future.
Since Earth Day is a day for action, it’s the perfect chance to show how important the environment is to you. Individuals, organizations, and governments should all do their part.
Stumped what you can do for Earth Day? Here are a few ideas:
- Bring your own reusable shopping bags to the store. There’s no need for a proliferation of plastic and paper bags, which are so bad for our environment.
- Pledge to use paper carefully and encourage others to do so, too. Opt to go paperless wherever possible.
- Encourage healthier eating habits. Try to eat a sustainable healthy plantarian, pure vegetarian, vegan diet. Support your local farmer’s markets for fresh local produce. They usually grow organic vegetables which are better for our environment and your body as they don’t use harmful pesticides or fertilizers. Or better yet, grow your own garden and make sure not to use any pesticides or harmful fertilizers.
- Conserve water. Take shorter showers. Try to limit showers to 10 minutes or less. Also, switch off the tap while brushing.
- Conserve electricity. Turn off the lights if you don’t need them, and never leave your laptop ON when not using it. Use ceiling fans in the summer and winter months for climate control. Replace older light bulbs with energy-efficient CFL or LED bulbs.
- Raise awareness about Earth Day. Continue to educate yourself and others on how to save our resources and act green. A good resource is the Earth Day site: www.earthday.org
- Walk or bike instead of driving places if you can. It will help reduce our dependence on oil.
- Lower Use of Bottled Water/Beverages. Although it may be convenient, purchasing bottled water should be avoided if possible. Try filling reusable containers with tap water and leaving them in your fridge as an alternative.
- Finally, plant a tree. Besides producing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide and contaminants from the air, trees provide other numerous social, economic, and environmental benefits.
What will you do to honor Earth Day?
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