April: Earth Month

This month go green and save green! April 22nd is Earth Day, but many communities extend it into a week or month long celebration. Earth Day was first recognized in 1970 and was initially intended to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet Earth. Many activities during Earth Month encourage awareness about increasingly vital environmental issues such as global warming and nuclear hazards. These events also urge people to fight against air, water, and soil pollution.

Conscious efforts to protect our planet should be an all year round goal. There are several ways to reach this goal and to take better care of the planet that does not require huge deviations from accustomed routines. For example, turn off lights when you aren’t using them and replace incandescent light bulbs with energy saving florescent ones. Carpool with your co-workers and friends and/or consider public transportation. Either option cuts down on gas expenses and the pollution that enters the atmosphere when you travel. You can save water by cutting down on the time you spend in the shower and not leaving water running in sink while brushing your teeth. You’ll not only save water, but see a savings on your water bill. Also, be sure to recycle when opportunities are presented, reusable water bottles are always more eco-friendly and less expensive than purchasing traditional plastic water bottles.

For more information about Earth Day, visit www.earthday.org. To learn more about environmental issues and how you can help reverse these issues, check out www.usagain.com.

This Earth Month, be sure you enjoy nature and become more conscious about how your actions are affecting the planet. Think about what you can do to protect our planet and reverse damages that have already been done to it. Happy Earth Month!

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