Happy earth day! So, I’m four days late from the “official” earth day, but shouldn’t everyday celebrate a healthy living environment? April 22nd, 1970 was the first earth day in history. That means we have been celebrating green, efficient living for 45 years. While, to me, that sounds like a long time, 45 years is barely a skid in time. This is why we need to continue our earth day efforts all year, so we can celebrate a healthy earth for years to come.
In order to help out my community, I volunteered with the local conservation committee and my school’s Key Club to hand out flyers during the towns earth day celebration. The flyers were for another local earth week event happening this weekend. If finding ways to help in your community is a struggle, here are a few ideas for saving resources and being energy efficient in your own home or town.
The simplest and easiest way for using your resources at home is by recycling. Put paper in a bin for paper, metal in a bin for metal, plastic in a bin for plastic, and so on. Every one can do it. Next, there are a few people who don’t want a “pile of trash” next to their house, but a compost pile is a great tool whether you have a garden that needs fertilizing or are simply looking for a better way to discard of scraps.
There are thousands of ways to help out. These may also include keeping the door open or shut to cool or heat your home, putting a buffer door in at your business, using rain water to water your plants, turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth, or turning off lights and unplugging them when leaving home. We live on this earth and need to keep it healthy. Even though we can’t put a complete stop to air and light pollution right now we can do the little everyday things that protect our living environment.
If you don’t consider yourself an “earth advocate” it will still help your life by saving you money. Don’t just throw away another plastic water bottle or leave on the lights. Be conscious of your actions and how they will effect, not only you, but the environment. Happy earth eternity. Nobody is perfect and I am certainly not as energy conscience everyday as I could be, but I do what I can to help. I hope to see more people acting and doing more to better the planet we live on. Try biking to work this week or buying a portable filtered water bottle you can refill throughout the day.