GREEN TIP: Earth Day, April 22nd, is only a week away! This year find new ways to celebrate Earth Day and include your new green habits all year long.
We are all responsible for our planet and we should strive to leave it better than we found it. This is Walt Kelly’s Pogo Possum cartoon that was used on a poster for the first Earth Day in 1970:
Here are some more ways you could celebrate Earth Day this year:
- Get a bike. I’m not suggesting you get rid of your car, but use a bike or walk whenever possible. It a healthy habit for you and good for the environment.
- Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use (especially overnight). Also use natural lighting whenever possible; don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light.
- Sit down with the family and set specific goals to recycle and save energy. It’s often as easy as changing your light bulbs, adjusting the setting on your fridge, or making a routine trip to a nearby recycling bin. Here’s an excellent article about recycling and how to get started: Project Recycling by Amanda Peterson. To quote Amanda, “It’s all about being aware of what you consume and finding ways to minimize the waste left behind”.
- Go to your local library instead of buying new books.
- Plant flowers at a local non-profit organization, school or church, remember to contact the organization before you start planting. And, even better, make sure the landscaping is done with native plants. Most are thrilled when someone offers to beautify their grounds.
- Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a choice between plastic and paper, opt for paper.
- Go on a nature hike. Nature hikes are a great way to appreciate the details of our beautiful earth. Pick a park or nearby trail or visit a new place every year on Earth Day.
- Clean up litter around your neighborhood, at a local park or school. Litter detracts from the beauty of nature and can be dangerous to people and animals.
- Support your local economy. Shop local and join your local food co-op. For more information on the Prairie Roots Food Co-op, if you’re in the Fargo Moorhead area, visit http://prairie-roots.coop/.
- Cook a special Earth Day meal using whole, organic and non-processed foods. Invite friends and family over to share a healthy, home-cooked meal.
- Attend an Earth Day event. Earth Day events are held across the nation, and are full of fun activities for both you and the kids.
Local events in the Fargo Moorhead area:
10th Annual HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization) Bash on April 24th, 2014
- Event is from 6pm to 930pm
- At the Ramada Plaza and Suites in Fargo
- Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door
For more information, visit http://herofargo.org/events/bash/.
Gardens Alive Challenge – runs through the last harvest in October
- The goal is to grow one million square feet of gardens and fruit trees in the Fargo Moorhead area.
- To participate all you have to do is plant your crops and log your garden’s status online.
- The challenge is being put on by the Dakota Medical Foundation and promotes staying active and living a healthy lifestyle.
For more information and to register your garden, visit http://www.fmgardensalive.org/.
Take a #GlobalSelfie for NASA on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2014
- Get outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on earth. Tell them where you are in a sign, words written in the sand, spelled out with rocks — or by using the printable signs they’ve created that is available at http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/globalselfie/.
- Then post your photo to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.
- They’ll be monitoring photos posted to five social media sites: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr.
For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/globalselfie/.
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