Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Take a look at how inherently beautiful Mother Earth is. Let's not destroy this beauty. Instead, let's strive to keep our Earth clean and pristine by limiting our own negative impacts upon our environment. Here are a few tips on how to be environmentally friendly throughout your everyday life:

1. Recycle (Don't be lazy. Sort and separate trash, and take advantage of local recycling opportunities)
2. Turn off water while brushing teeth (You can save up to 8 gallons of water a day by doing this)
3. Reuse (This goes for bags, bottles, clothes, books, and whatever else you can think of)
4. Walk/Ride a bike/ Carpool (Carbon dioxide, a leading cause of global warming, emission from automobiles in the U.S. is more than 333 million tons. Do your part in decreasing this # in order to help save the planet.)
5. Eat locally (If each American were to eat one locally attained meal per week, the nation would save 1.1 million barrels of oil per week.)
6. Replace light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs (try Energy Star bulbs which use 75% less energy and last ten times longer than a regular incandescent bulb)
7. Compost (Yard trimmings and food scraps combined account for 24 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. That's an excessive amount of nutrient rich waste being sent to landfills. Instead, enrich your soil by using composting's natural benefits.)
8. Check the pressure in your tires (Keeping air pressure in automobile tires allows for better gas mileage = less auto emissions be emitted into the air.)
9. Get outside and enjoy the fresh-air. (By having an appreciation for the great outdoors, you will be more likely to be aware of how you're impacting the environment. Keep your air fresh so that you'll be able to keep enjoying it!)
10. Calculate your carbon footprint- the measure of carbon dioxide you are personally contributing to the Earth (which is contributing to global warming). Try to decrease this number by doing your part in keeping a sustainable environment.

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