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Earth Day Every Day!

April 22nd, 2017 (07:00 am)
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Celebrate Earth Day every day! Here are just a few ways you can help protect this planet of ours and inspire others to do the same.

Every single time you go to throw something away, take a moment to consider how you could recycle, reduce, or reuse that item. Don't just toss things in the trash.

Be creative! Use that empty oatmeal canister to store fruit or jewelry or socks - but not all at the same time - or make it into a drum!

Recycle everything that you can - newspapers, plastic bottles, tin cans, everything. Check containers to see if they can be recycled and either take them to a local recycling center or, if you have separate trash bins for recyclables and greenery, use them properly and encourage your family and neighbors to do the same.

Bring your own canvas bags to the grocery store and other shops.

Buy locally grown and/or organic foods. After a meal, give those uneaten bread crusts to the creatures outside. I know, I know, you don't want to attract raccoons and such into your yard, but maybe you can feed the ducks at the pond or offer those crumbs to the critters at a local park. If possible, make a compost pile. I admittedly don't have a compost pile, but I buy day-old bread and feed wild squirrels almost every week when it's good weather. (The folks at Seven-Imp know all about this!)

Eat at home and you'll save time and money, spend more time with your loved ones, and consume healthier foods. If you have to eat at work or school, pack your food in a reusable lunchbag or lunchbox, and include reusable utensils, plates, and containers.

Get a reusable beverage container and keep it with you. Summer's coming, so it's time to hydrate even more than usual! (Those of you that know me well won't be surprised to learn that one of my reusable bottles, that which goes to and from theatres, auditions, and rehearsals with me, is decorated with Tinker Bell.)

When making purchases of any kind, look for items made of recycled and/or organic materials. Try not to buy things with excessive, wasteful packaging. Consider what it is that you're getting. Do you really need things to be individually wrapped?

Before you print something out, think about whether or not you really need to print it. If not, DON'T. Save that ink and that paper. When you do have to use paper, always use both sides, then recycle it when you're done with it.

Walk whenever you can, wherever you can.

Use public transportation whenever you can.

Carpool to and from work, school, and other places.

Exercise daily. Make an effort to MOVE MORE. Take a walk at lunch and/or before or after work, especially if you have a job where you sit all day. WALK. WALK. WALK. Also run, or run-walk, or hike. Ride a bicycle, a tricycle, a skateboard, a scooter - whatever works for you and runs solely on the power of your own two feet (and arms, and heart, and lungs...) Make it part of your daily exercise routine. If you include friends or family members, you're more likely to meet your goals because you will be challenging and encouraging each other. Whether you are with friends or by yourself, make sure that you have the proper safety equipment (helmet, kneepads, armpads, etc) - plus that trusty reusable drinking container filled with fresh, cool water, and good-for-you snacks, like dried fruit or granola bars! If you're going on a big hike or biking an offbeat trail or something like that by yourself, please, please make sure someone knows where you are, because I get really worried when I picture you doing that alone.

After you read this post, GET UP AND WALK AROUND YOUR HOUSE. (I mean walking around inside, but if you actually go outside and walk around the perimeter of your house, give yourself kudos, and give me photographic evidence, videotaped proof, or something.)

For those of you unfamiliar with Earth Day, I'll give you a brief history: The United Nations celebrates Earth Day annually on the March equinox, inspired by activist John McConnell in 1969. In 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as an environmental "teach-in," and it is celebrated annually on April 22nd in the United States and other countries.

Again I say: Earth Day every day!

Related Posts:

The Julie books by Megan McDonald - I highly recommend that you read Julie and the Eagles in your classroom or library and at home with your family!

Readergirlz: Community Challenge: Go Eco - From June 2007

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)

Yay! :)

Posted by: Stephanie Burgis (stephanieburgis)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)

This is a great post! The only point I'd like to amend is that bread is actually really unhealthy for birds, so please DON'T give them bread! It causes a lot of physical trouble for them. This weekend we visited a bird wildlife sanctuary and there were signs everywhere begging visitors NOT to give bread to the birds because it's so bad for them. (Of course, I grew up giving it to them too - it wasn't until I started talking to serious bird conservationists that I discovered what a terrible idea it is.) It's great to give them seeds and proper bird food, though.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)

I should have said seeds and rice - I'll amend that. Thank you! :)

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
fantsastichatbymutie

Very, very cool.

I want a reusable Tinker Bell container! I used to have a lenticular 3D Incredible Hulk cup that I'd refill with water all day long at work, but I broke it and now I buy bottled. Lame. I should get a replacement.

Happy Earth Day :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)

Thank you! :)

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
by lj user

ETA You inspired me to ebay another Hulk cup. (I know, technically any old cup would do, but I really liked this one.)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)

Nice. :)

Posted by: helenhemphill (helenhemphill)
Posted at: April 19th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Walk around your house...

Did you see the article in the NYT Magazine about the benefits of exercise (like we don't know that already)? But it's true the more we exercise now, the better our quality of life as we age. Writers sit a lot, so let's get out and not only do a lap around the house; how about the block? Great post. Helen

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 19th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Walk around your house...

Hi Helen! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Exercise is good for you, in so many ways!

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