April 22 is Earth Day.
How do you communicate with the world around you?
Well here are some ideas to help you celebrate Earth Day year round:
- Plant a tree. Better yet plant a small vegetable garden so you can eat the fruits of your labor. Even if you live in an apartment or a condo or just don’t have a lot of time to garden, you can still try to have at least one or two pots on your patio or deck area to hold some herbs, a tomato or pepper plant. There are even varieties of baby vegetables that have grown quite popular and are well-suited to container gardening. Check out your local local extension office for help too. The USDA operates a Cooperative Extension System throughout the U.S. This is a non-credit educational network. According to the USDA site: “Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes.” In my home state of Florida, we have a network of extension offices backed by the research of the University of Florida. If you are reading from outside the United States, there are sure to be lots of resources for you to learn about what works in your region.
- Replace your incandescent light bulbs with the new energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. They are available everywhere now. Although a little more expensive, they burn so much cooler and last longer so save you dollars in the long run while helping the environment.
- How about giving up some of those plastic bottles? Try to at least cut down a little on the plastic bottles you use. You’ve all heard the statistics about how many miles of plastic bottles we Americans use each year and where they end up – in our landfills or littering our beaches and parks. If each of us just cut back a little, it will make a huge difference. Learn more at Earth 911
- Speaking of water, see my post in my October archive on this blog . We can conserve water in many simple ways.
- Get involved in community activities that help to promote a greener world for all of us – especially our future generations. If you live near a beach, think about joining a beach clean-up. Many local communities are stepping up to the plate and encouraging citizens to get involved in keeping their parks, beaches and communities cleaner.
Start teaching these valuable ways to respect our world to your children so that we can continue to preserve our Earth and all its beauty for all future generations to enjoy.
Let’s all remember
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, but rather we borrow it from our children.”
This Earth is truly in our hands, let’s all do our part to keep it beautiful.