What will we be doing? Simple. My daughter has been talking about Earth Day for months...her little four year old idea is to put on her cute yellow garden gloves and clean up trash in our local park and on our street. We also will be reading her book "The Earth Book" by Todd Parr to her class. Simple and sweet Mr. Parr teaches us how we can all "help protect the Earth and make it feel good. If we take care of it, it will take care of us!"
We will also take simple Earth Day steps to help conserve energy in our home.
1. Swap out your light bulbs. Compact florescent light bulbs use less energy than regular old light bulbs to provide the same amount of light, and last up to ten times longer.
2. Plant a tree or three. Trees remove CO2 from the air and help fight global warming. They produce oxygen, give us shade in the summer, and provide a home for your neighborhood birds.
3. Curb your junk mail. Here's a trick - pull out the pre-paid stamped envelope in your junk mail, write "please remove" on the envelope and send it back to them - on their dime.
4. Have a picnic! Stop by your local farmer's market for some locally grown & organic produce.
5. Turn off lights and unplug cell phone chargers. Your chargers are using electricity even though your electronic devices are not connected to them.
6. Try doing "conscious" laundry. Do it at night when energy costs are lower.
7. Drive the speed limit. Driving the speed limit increases your miles per gallon, in turn saving you dollars at the pump.
8. Carry your own water bottle. Reduce the amount of plastic water bottle waste.
9. Recycle at work.
10.Buy green local gifts for friends and family on special occasions
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