Thursday, April 19, 2012

What Are You doing for Earth Day?

It doesn't seem possible - the 42nd anniversary of the first Earth Day is coming up this Sunday. They are expecting 20 million Americans to rally for a sustainable environment with large events planned around the world.

We've come a long way since 1962 when Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring, but there is still so much more to do.

So what are you planning to do to help save our planet? I went to the Nature Conservancy website to see what they have planned. They have events going on around the US, but I liked their idea for a Billion Acts of Green. People all over are pledging to perform an 'act of green.' 

Here are a few of the ideas they came up with:
  • Limit water usage - cut shower time to 5 minutes
  • Use low-energy light bulbs
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth
  • Turn off the TV
  • Use less electricity
  • Stop using toxic chemicals
  • Recycle batteries
  • Use reusable grocery bags
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Start composting
  • Plant a tree
  • Plant a garden
  • Buy organic
  • Eat locally grown food
  • Eat more plants and less meat
  • Pack a 'trashless' lunch - use plastic containers
  • Walk or ride a bike more and drive less
  • Drive fuel efficient vehicles

Our Jalisco state goverment passed a law requiring recycling to begin January 1, 2011. It finally got started here in Chapala a month ago. It took the local authorities that long to figure out how to organize it. But at my house on the coast, the people there know nothing about it, and it is also in Jalisco. Things move very slowly in Mexico.

Nature Conservancy is doing Picnics for the Planet. I don't know of any events where I live but I like the idea of a picnic - a communing with nature kind of thing.  I think we'll pack up some cheese and wine and other goodies (in reusable containers) and take a walk somewhere to enjoy them with Mother Nature.

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