Today is the 52nd Anniversary of the first Earth Day held in 1970. While the idea of and complex issues of Global Warming seem daunting, there are many ways to care for, celebrate, and honor our collective home, planet earth. Here are 50.
1. The single most important thing you can do is PLANT A TREE. If the world’s people planted 3 billion trees in all the available open spaces (not taking away any farmland), we would eliminate global warming. Learn more about tree planting in your community at http://www.arborday.org
2. Make your garden POLLINATOR FRIENDLY by planting native bushes and flowering plants to attract bees, butterflies and insects. Find the right blooms for your yard at: http://www.xerces.org
3. Find out how you can help endangered species in your community: http://www.fws.gov/endangered
4. If you see litter, pick it up.
5-9. Collect rainwater for landscaping, compost vegetable scraps, plant a vegetable garden, buy organic, stop using pesticides on your lawn.
10-14. Buy in bulk to use less packaging, stop using single-use plastic bags (reusable and machine-washable ones are available online. (see photo below) I use them every time I go to the store. You can store the vegetables in them as well. Pack lunches in reusable containers, recycle as often and as much as you can, stop using plastic wrap for food storage. Check out the reusable silicon lids in 6 sizes to fit over every bowl you own. The number one recycler of plastic bags? http://www.trex.com/recycling lists drop-off stations in your area.
15. Find uses for old things.
16. Turn off lights when you leave a room.
17. Eat more veggies, especially those grown locally.
18. Get a library card.
19. Leave only footprints when you travel.
20-25. Wash clothes in cold water, don’t let the sink run when you brush teeth or wash dishes, turn off the dishwasher’s drying cycle and let them air dry, use concentrated soaps/cleaners that use less packaging,use unscented products, Use greener cleaners like baking soda and white vinegar.
26-30. Ride your bike, skip the elevator and take stairs, buy things that will last, try to fix things that break instead of tossing them, eat what’s in season.
31. Buy products made from recycled materials, and gently-used second hand clothing.
32. Use a push lawn mower.
33. Buy Fair Trade: http://www.fairtrade.org
35-39. Unplug electronics when you aren’t using them, shut your computer down when you leave work, print on both sides of paper, reuse blank paper as scrap paper for notes, use shredded paper for packing instead of styrafoam peanuts.
40. When you finish baking, turn off the oven and leave oven door open to heat the home.
41. Eat sustainably harvested fish to protect the ocean : http://www.oceansalive.org
42-45. Give your car a tune-up so it drives more efficiently, drive a hybrid, keep tires inflated to proper pressure for better fuel efficiency, driving under 60MPH saves gas. Consider an electric vehicle.
46-47. Buy shade grown coffee, switch to reusable coffee filters.
48. Use rechargeable batteries.
49. Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to eat local: visit http://www.localharvest.com
50. Use cloth napkins and towels.
51. Switch to a search engine that plants trees. Ecosia plants a tree every time you search the web using it’s search engine: https://www.ecosia.org
52. HUG A TREE… these amazing plants are the reason we are alive on planet earth.
The earth is home for us all. Every little thing we do to honor our home counts.
Stay Safe and have a HAPPY EARTH DAY!