Earth Day


April 22, 1970 was the first Earth Day, not so much a celebration of the earth but an outcry of the damage done to the earth.

Those who had been fighting against pesticides, loss of the wilderness, extinction of wildlife, oil spills, and toxic dump sites had the opportunity to come together and protest. Rallies were held across the country and approximately 20 million Americans participated.

Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) founded the event in hopes of bringing greater awareness to environmental concerns. It has since become a worldwide event addressing issues such as recycling, global warming, and clean energy.




Tips for Staying Environmentally Conscious

Recycle

paper, plastic, aluminum, steel, copper, glass, cardboard, toner/ink cartridges, batteries, CDs, CD players, MP3 players DVDs, cell phones, PDAs, pagers, digital cameras, handheld games, computers, printers



Reuse

plastic bags
paper bags
blankets/towels (take to your local animal shelter)
pens & art supplies (take them to your local school)
used margarine or butter tubs (clean and use for leftovers)
used/old clothes (donate them to a local charity or sell at a consignment shop)
pillows (use the stuffing in new items, use the covers as rags)
old books (donate to library or school)
toothbrushes (use to clean in hard to reach places or as a painting tool)
stale bread (make bruschetta or feed the birds)



Reduce

Water

  1. Run dishwater only when full
  2. Take a shower (10-20 gallons) instead of a bath (70 gallons)
  3. Fix leaky faucets
  4. Wash a full load of laundry or choose the appropriate load size on the washing machine

Other

  1. Reduce the number of shopping trips you make
  2. Don’t let your vehicle idle more than a few minutes.
  3. Walk, ride a bike, or use public transportation when possible.
  4. Make compost with grass clippings, food scraps and kitchen waste.
  5. Use reusable bags when you shop.
  6. Don’t fertilize before rain – it will wash the fertilizer away.
  7. Think creatively about how you can reuse materials.



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