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Monday, April 20, 2009

Earth Day 2009: Ten Actions To Help the Environment

In preparation for Earth Day on Wednesday, April 23, the Earth Day Canada website recently published a list of the Top Ten Actions you can do to help the environment:

Smart Shopping
* Consider renting or borrowing rather than buying something that will be rarely used
* Buy or trade used items

Simple Savers
* Use aerators on faucets and low flow shower heads
* Weather strip windows and doors
* Use energy efficient bulbs

Transportation Alternatives
* when you drive, reduce idling
* keep your car in good shape
* think of alternative transport: walking, cycling, public transportation

Food Shares
* choose local, seasonal produce to support local food producers
* eat less meat

Washing and Drying
* wash full loads in cold water
* air dry clothes

Heating and Cooling
* in the summer, set your thermostat to 24 or 25 degrees
* in the winter, set your thermostat to 19 or 20 degrees
* install ceiling fans and programmable thermostats

Close to Home
* work and vacation as close to home as possible

Bathroom Basics
* take short showers instead of baths
* turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth

Careful Cleaning
* chose natural, non-toxic cleaners
* make your own cleaners with baking soda, vinegar, lemon and other household products

Don't Discard
* don't throw everything out, consider if it can be donated, reused or recycled
* take items like batteries and chemicals to proper hazardous material depots instead of throwing them in the garbage

Get out and do something for your own little corner of the world. Everyone can make a difference in the world with just a few of these little acts. You can find many of these acts and more on the One Million Acts of Green website. If you haven't already signed up, do it this week. We passed the One Million act mark at the beginning of March and now we're closing in on 1.5 million acts. Let's see if we can break that next milestone for Earth Day!

Starting today, One Million Acts of Green is going global with a website and challenge starting in the United States. On their first day, they've already got over 38 thousand acts of green. How long do you think it will take them to reach the One Million mark?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here is an artistic animated ecard for Earth Day, Blue Planet. It is an underwater production completely with many reef fishes, a turtle, a ray and dolphins.

It is free to send and to spread the important message of saving our planet.