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Celebrate Earth Day, Every Day

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A push to save the environment is on the rise, particularly during the month of April. April 22 is designated “Earth Day”.

A clean environment is necessary for healthy living and the balancing of our ecosystem. Many assume that saving the environment is a very difficult thing to do and that their individual efforts will not amount to much. This is a common misconception as saving the environment can be very easy and with everyone doing their part, can make a huge impact.

It’s so easy that even kids can do it, and it’s never too early to start.  Just a few simple lifestyle changes can reduce your carbon footprint.

Simple tips to save the environment

  • Recycle plastics, glass, and cardboard. A single plastic bottle that is not recycled can take over 450 years to degrade.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room even if it’s for a minute.
  • Turn off the tv and the radio when you are done watching and listening.
  • Consider using LED lightbulbs. They consume less energy and traditionally last longer.
  • Limit how much water is used. Turning off your faucet while brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water a day.
  • Take shorter showers. Showers use about 5 gallons of water per minute. Reducing shower time from 10 minutes to 5 minutes can save 25 gallons of water.
  • Limit use of plastic products. Purchase reusable water bottles and use reusable straws.
  • Encourage children to ride their bikes, scooters, or walk to nearby places to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Plant a tree or two. A young tree can absorb 13 lbs of carbon dioxide per year while a tree over 10 years-old can absorb 48 lbs of carbon dioxide.
  • Only print documents when necessary. Save paper.
  • When writing notes, use both sides of paper and encourage the use of scrap paper for doodling. Use old envelopes and paper scraps for notes when you can.
  • Look for recycled products when making purchases. Certain lines of clothing are now being made from recycled water bottles.

Helping to save the environment is everyone’s responsibility. Set an example for your children by reducing your own carbon footprint. Help make the world a healthier place for many more years to come!

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