Go Green, Its Earth Day

by Betty

“It’s up to us to save the world for tomorrow. It’s up to you and me.” – Jane Goodall.

And so it is.

It requires only many people doing little things. And it can be easy and even fun.

  1. Take your own bags to the grocery store. Reuse the bags – bring them again.
  2. Recycle glass jars, soda pop cans, newspapers, magazines.
  3. Try fluorescent bulbs and save a bit on the electricity bill and on the electrical energy.
  4. Plant desert trees on the south and west sides of your house to keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
  5. A bit more tricky for some of us, but install solar panels. Install a rain gathering system outside your house. Build a compost pile; your plants will thank you.
  6. Lower the temperature in your home by five degrees in the winter. Raise it five degrees in the summer.
  7. Unplug appliances not in use, including cell phone chargers, hair dryers, toasters.
  8. Tricky, but it helps, turn the water off as you brush your teeth or shave. Turn it on to rinse.
  9. Plant desert trees and plants for landscaping.
  10. Shop at thrift stores. It’s cheap, it’s fun, and you might find just what you want or need.
  11. Walk if it’s less than a mile, if you can.
  12. Carpool when possible. It saves gas and you may make new friends.
  13. Take public transportation if it’s available and works for you.

 It’s up to you and me. Time to think and act. Time to do our parts, you and me.

April, 2010

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