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April 22nd is Earth Day. What You Can Do to Save the Earth

April 22nd is Earth Day.  What You Can Do to Save the Earth
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BY STEVE NUBIE

It seems overwhelming, but if we all make little changes it can make a world of difference.

Earth Day is April 22nd.  It’s a day dedicated to thinking about and acting to preserve our environment our lifestyle and our planet.  And that’s a tall order, but it’s not science-fiction.  If you consider the collective efforts of millions of people the benefits and effects add up.

The point is simple. Little changes we make can have a significant affect when we consider the global impact of our efforts. We might think we’re doing little but it adds up if you think about it.

The standard mantra is the responsible use of resources defined by REDUCE/REUSE/RECYLE. Those simple steps make a big difference if everyone pursues them.

So, here’s the telegram – instead of wearing an Earth Day t-shirt and walking in a parade, make the 22nd of April a day to take simple and effective action.  Here are some key steps:

  • Change your light bulbs. There’s a new class of energy efficient light-bulbs that draw a fraction of wattage for the same amount of illumination. They’re identified as Energy Star products and not only use less energy, but save you money on your electric bill.   According to the EPA these light bulbs have saved households an estimated $295 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from being released over the past two decades.
  • Decrease your water usage. To put it bluntly, we’re running out of fresh water and it’s costing us more and more. A toilet running water because of a defective gasket can use up to two hundred gallons a day.  A dripping faucet can release 5 to 10 gallons a day.  Water costs money.  Like electricity you pay for water whether it’s from a well or city services.  It’s also a diminishing resource.  Do what you can to reduce your water usage and limit the amount.
  • Compost. This is simple to do and also has financial benefits. Compost is a terrific source of natural nutrients in any garden and helps to reduce the compilation and accumulation of garbage in landfills.  If it’s organic, compost it.
  • Drive less or more efficiently. This is tough to do. We gotta get to work and do most of our errands on the road.  But we can at least consolidate some or our errands to reduce emissions and it also will save us some money.  That’s another good thing in addition to reducing our energy usage from high-wattage light bulb and excess water usage.
  • Check your furnace air-filters. We don’t think of this but furnace air-filters have a significant effect on both furnace and air-conditioner efficiency. They’re cheap in the grand scheme of things and easy to replace.  Take the time to do it.  A clogged filter will reduce the efficiency of your furnace or air-conditioner and cost you more while using more energy.
  • Recycle. We do this all the time. Most of us have a garbage service that makes this easy.  But sometimes we get complacent.  Make sure you recycle aluminum, paper products and plastics in the recycling bin.  It’s too easy to just toss them in the regular garbage bin.  Put recyclables where they belong.   
  • There are also organizations you can join to help the Earth
  • Friends of the Earth:  Friends of the Earth strives for a more healthy and just world. The organization pushes for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy.
  • Earth Day Network:  Over the last 45 years, EDN has executed successful environmental campaigns on issues ranging from climate change and drinking water to voter registration and saving the whale. EDN works with over 50,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. The organization also leads in coordinating Earth Day activities.
  • Women’s Voices for the Earth: Women’s Voices for the Earth amplifies women’s voices to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities.
  • Environmental Working Group (EWG): The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, the organization drives consumer choice and civic action.

You don’t have to join an organization to make the world a better place.  Many of the simple suggestions offered here can help.  It’s all a question of concern, and quite frankly, we should all be very concerned,

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Steve Nubie
Steve Nubie has been writing professionally for 38 years. He is a published author with 10 books to his credit, has written for CBS Entertainment for the Twilight Zone series, and has written hundreds of articles for magazines and the Internet. He has served as Chief Creative officer in the marketing and advertising industry, was an Executive career-coach, is a chef and has traveled extensively living in Asia for two years, and London for two years.