Earth Day, first recognized in 1970, remains a special day celebrated in over 193 countries on April 22 each year. Earth Day represents a time for us to appreciate our environment and the importance of its preservation. One activity that typically takes place on this day is the planting of trees. Also, you can bet there will also be numerous recycling drives in your community this month. But, why don’t we honor our precious Mother Earth every day?
It’s important to do what we can to take care of our environment for the sake of our future generations. To be healthy, we need to live in a healthy environment. Small changes we make now will add up to major differences in the long run.
Here’s some simple ways you and your family can help the environment on Earth Day and every day!
1.Use Less Water
- Take showers instead of baths. Keep your shower short so you use less water and less energy needed to heat the water.
- Turn the water off while you’re brushing your teeth, or fill a glass with water and use it to wet your toothbrush, rinse your mouth and clean off your brush.
- Use a watering can to water plants and flowers instead of the hose.
- Use a bucket of water to wash your car, bike or even the dog.
2. Use Less Power
- Limit use of the air-conditioner by turning it off when no one is home or keep windows, curtains and blinds closed during the day to keep out the heat.
- Open windows and doors at night to let in the cooler air.
- Turn the lights off when you leave a room and try not to turn them on at all during the day.
- If you’re not using them, turn off the TV, radio or computer.
- Use the new light bulbs that conserve energy. 15 watts in a new bulb is the same as 75 watts in the old ones, and they typically last longer.
- Carpool, walk or even ride your bike whenever you can!
3. Make Less Garbage
- Make a worm farm or a compost heap to dispose of leftover food. It’s a great family project!
- Recycle, recycle, recycle! Follow the recycle guidelines of your community and make use of the recycle bin.
- Repurpose old clothes, toys, books and household items by donating them to a charity. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
4. Respect the Environment
- When you take your dog on a walk, use a plastic bag to clean up after him. This keeps the ground clean and can even stop the spread of disease.
- Keep cats inside at night. Cats are hunters by nature and small animals are often killed by them.
- Never, ever litter. If you can’t find a trash bin, take your trash home.
- Have your pets spayed or neutered to prevent the ongoing dilemma of unwanted animals brought into this world every day.