Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Go Green: Get Ready for Earth Day

10 No-cost Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in 10 Minutes or Less
  1. Turn your thermostat down two degrees and keep it there. And turn it off altogether tonight, heaping on the blankets if necessary.

  2. Send Happy Earth Day e-cards to a half dozen friends.

  3. E-mail your state or national representatives about a green initiative.

  4. If you're in the supermarket, track down the manager and encourage him or her to source local products.

  5. Make signs to put on the mirror over faucets to remind family members to turn off water when they are brushing their teeth. (You can save an average of nine gallons every time you do this.)

  6. Call several people and arrange to carpool for an upcoming event such as a child's sporting activity or a club meeting.

  7. Go online and join a group like Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, Kids for Saving the Earth, the Wilderness Society or Co-op America.

  8. Make a family pledge to walk everywhere today.

  9. Talk to the principal at your children's school about instituting environmental education in the curriculum.

  10. Sign the " Healthy Yard Pledge" at Audubon.org.

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at www.CelebrateGreen.net

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