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Posted in You | April 2014

A party for the planet

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Earth Day was founded in 1970 and is now a globally celebrated holiday that focuses on environmentalism and green awareness. On that very first Earth Day back on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to show their support for a healthy, sustainable environment.1 Forty-four years later we still recognize April 22 as a day to focus on building a clean and healthy world for generations to come.

Why does this all matter? Because everything is interconnected. The survival of every species, including our own, is dependent upon the health of all other species in our biosphere—and the health of the earth itself. According to A Critical Decision , “If humanity causes the extinction of one species—it’s really the extinction of many species and the decline of our life-support system for ourselves and future generations.”

Being aware of the impact we have on the planet every day in small ways really does make a difference. Choosing to walk instead of driving, recycling or repurposing instead of throwing out, eating locally grown foods, turning off lights and appliances that are not in use—making small changes like these can make a big impact, especially if you teach children to follow in your footsteps.

In support of our beautiful planet earth, why not conspire to commit a random act of greenness on April 22!

  • Plant a tree, start some vegetable seedlings, or research and purchase some native plants (which are more likely to thrive and attract native species to your garden).
  • Repurpose something: turn old plastic spoons into a light fixture, a glove into a stuffed toy, or toilet paper rolls into an organizer box. Visit Bored Panda to find out more.
  • Make a birdfeeder or birdhouse to attract native birds. Check out Thrifty Fun for some great ways to use recycled materials for your birdhouse. The lint from your dryer makes a perfect nest liner, so scatter it in your yard instead of throwing it away.
  • Ask your mail carrier not to deliver unsolicited junk mail or flyers to your home.
  • Learn how to compost.
  • Visit a local park and pick up litter, or organize a Park Clean-Up activity with other Foresters members.
  • Do a walk-through of your home and check for leaky faucets and drafty windows and doors. A few simple repairs will help you save money and energy.
  • Bring your own mug to the coffee shop instead of using one of the disposable cups provided. Some shops even give discounts when you bring your own!
  • Turn down the heat and put on a sweater.
  • Sit down with your children or grandchildren and brainstorm ways you can take care of the planet on Earth Day—and every day!

SOURCES

1 http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement

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