Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. The theme of Earth Day 2014 is Green Cities. So what exactly are we supposed to do to make our cities green? If each of us does just a little bit, together we can help make a difference.
Here are 5 easy ideas to get you going this Earth Day. Who knows, you may just feel so good about these that you’ll be able to make every day Earth Day!
1. Walk, bike, or share a ride.
If we occasionally ride a bike for a short errand instead of driving a car, over 70 million gallons of fuel could be saved each year! And there’s the added benefit of enjoying the fresh air and exercise! For short errands, take a hike!
2. Swap out your light bulbs. Compact florescent light bulbs use less energy than regular old light bulbs to provide the same amount of light, and last up to ten times longer.
3. Plant a tree or three. Trees remove CO2 from the air and help fight global warming. They produce oxygen, give us shade in the summer, and provide a home for your neighborhood birds.
4. Turn off lights and unplug cell phone chargers. This one couldn’t be simpler. Walk around your house, notice any unnecessary lights that are on and turn them off. Don’t forget to unplug cell phone chargers, mp3 player chargers, etc. Your chargers are using electricity even though your electronic devices are not connected to them.
5. Recycle at work. Most people do it at home, but there are a shocking number of offices and workplaces that don’t recycle.
Start living a “greener” lifestyle, not just on Earth Day, but every day.