Earth Day Pledge

Most of you know that this Thursday, April 22 is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Rather than trying to accomplish Herculean feats of Green-ness, why not pledge to do one thing for the rest of the year?

Maybe you already recycle, why not pledge to turn off the water when you brush your teeth?

Maybe you’ve already switched your incandescent bulbs to CFLs, why not pledge to use fewer (or no) paper towels?

Maybe you already buy organic at the store, why not pledge to grow one food item on your own?

Maybe you already combine trips to save gas, why not pledge to walk or bike a little more?

The options are unlimited. Ultimately, though, choosing one thing and doing it consistently over the course of a year is far better than doing 10 things for one day and one day only.

Find something that matters to you, that will be fairly easy for you to implement, something that works with your lifestyle.

Then pledge to do it.

Let us know what you chose in the comments.

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10 Things for Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day, Everyone. It would be great if  every day was Earth Day, but we can’t overlook the impact of even small starts. Today I want to suggest 10 things that are easy to commit to (or re-commit to) this Earth Day.

1. Recycle. If you’re not doing this already, please start. Lots of communities have curbside recycling service, making it even easier.

2. Turn off the faucet. When you brush your teeth, when you’re washing dishes, anytime water doesn’t have to be running to get the job done.

3. Remember to use those reusable bags. Keep them in your car. Fold them up and store them in one larger bag to make it easier to remember.

4. Reuse what you can; donate what you can’t. Get creative. Try to think of new uses for old things. If you truly have no use for something anymore, donate it if possible. Try Goodwill or The Salvation Army for household goods and clothing. Donate eye glasses through drop off locations at Lens Crafters and The Lions Club.
Use earth911.com to learn more about where to donate electronic equipment.

5. Reuse grass clippings by adding them to your compost pile, or using them as mulch around plants and trees.

6. Go for the least amount of packaging possible. Buy in bulk when you can. Choose products that contain recycled packaging materials when available.

7. Use fewer disposables. Cut back on paper napkins, cups, and plates.

8. Get a reusable water bottle to replace all those plastic bottles.

9. Plant something. Even if it’s just some tomatoes. They do very well in pots if you have limited space. If you’re not into tomatoes, consider an indoor herb garden. Any food you grow yourself not only tastes better, but is better for the Earth — no emissions needed to get it from a far away place to your table.

10. Play outside. Turn off the television, video games and computer and have fun outside for a while.

If these ten things don’t work for you, spend a little time on Earth Day thinking of at least one thing you can commit to. Choose anything that works for you, but choose something. If everyone, everywhere did just one thing, we’d make great progress towards a greener, healthier world.

For more ideas and information, check out Planet Green’s Earth Day Resolutions and the Earth Day Network.

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