April 22, 2008
Living, Eating and Being "Green"
Happy Earth Day!
On April 22, 1970, Earth Day was established to protect America's
national lands and their wildlife by conserving energy and the
environment. Senator Gaylord Nelson was the force behind the idea
of protecting our natural resources, and with the help of nationwide
grassroots efforts, the green movement continues to this day.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton awarded Senator Nelson with "The
Presidential Medal of Freedom", the highest honor given to civilians
in the United States. President Clinton called him the father of
Earth Day. Senator Nelson passed away in 2005, but his vision of
conserving our natural resources lives on and is now more important
In reading about Senator Nelson, I am inspired by his passion for
life and Mother Earth. What I take away most from his message is that
we as stewards of the planet need to do "a better job of saving energy".
Simply put, we – all of us, need to step up and do our part of
conserving our environment by living, eating and being "green". Here
are 55 ways to lessen our impact on the planet.
Any one of these 55 conscious acts of kindness will lessen our impact
on the planet, and if we engaged in every single item – our planet
will live. You've all heard of the saying, "Reduce, Recycle, Reuse",
right? Well, I'd like to add, "Restore, Repair, Rejuvenate and Renew"
our planet. The time is now.
- recycle, recycle, recycle
- reuse and reduce whatever we can
- reduce our consumption of energy
- drive our cars less
- plant a tree, then plant another
- conserve water
- buy or grow organic foods
- reuse and recycle plastic and paper bags
- better yet, use canvas or reusable grocery bags
- use chemical-free cosmetics and personal care products
- properly dispose of toxic or chemical garden and home products
- shut off the water when brushing your teeth
- clean your home with earth-friendly products
- compost, compost, compost
- use cloth napkins instead of paper
- take your own mug to the coffee shop
- repair leaky plumbing fixtures
- install compact florescent light bulbs
- dispose of litter and cigarette butts properly
- buy recycle products
- reinvent or recreate new products from old ones
- buy local food products
- buy items with less packaging
- buy in bulk
- stop buying individual water bottles (filter your own)
- find out how to recycle unwanted electronics or computers
- install an energy-efficient shower head
- use renewable energy sources
- ride the bus, light rail, subway or train
- grow your own vegetables
- be part of a local vegetable or fruit co-op
- save energy by turning off the lights and computers
- ride our bikes more
- walk more, and more and more
- live near your work
- combine errands in one trip
- give away unwanted items instead of throwing them away
- donate items to charity
- install energy efficient appliances
- use non-toxic cleaning products
- eliminate pesticide use on our gardens and yards
- protect wildlife areas
- help protect endangered species and all species
- decrease urban sprawl
- use alternative fuels
- car pool
- gift your car to charity
- reduce air pollution
- promote land conservation
- support local businesses
- better yet, support "green" businesses
- buy carbon credits to offset your carbon footprint
- invest in "green" companies
- encourage your community to design more bike and people paths
- contact your state and federal representatives and tell them that
protecting the environment is important
Earth Day is about celebrating and appreciating our planet! But, it
doesn't end on April 23, it must continue every day of the year by
reducing our carbon footprints. Be part of the Green Revolution by
living, eating and being "green". You can do it – I challenge
you to celebrate and appreciate the Earth every day, not just today!
Mother Earth thanks you and I thank you.
Happy Earth Day,
Belen Carmichael, NLC
A message from Earth Day Founder
Senator Gaylord Nelson
Earth Day Network and take the Ecological Footprint Quiz
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