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Earth Day April 22, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Claire Morton @ 4:07 pm

Happy Earth Day! Today is the fortieth celebration of Earth Day and while more and more people are getting on board to help take care of our planet, the world is in greater need for change than ever.  While climate change and conditions is one of the biggest challenges of our time, it also poses as a great opportunity to build a thriving and healthy atmosphere for generations to come.

Earth Day 2010 is hoping to propel people into caring about the core issues at hand which include, climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Treat every day as it was Earth Day and plan to make a conscious decision to be more active and aware of individual, corporate and government decisions regarding our planet.  

Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day!!!

On a personal note, I was lucky enough to visit Asheville for their Earth Day festival last weekend. There were many organic and environmentally friendly vendors there as well as some volunteer organizations that were trying to recruit support and gain awareness. Selfishly I went for the great live music but nonetheless had a wonderful time appreciating the beauty of the outdoors!

Some lifestyle changes that Chris and I started in our daily lives are simple. Hopefully it will motivate you to adopt or expand on what you and your families can do to create a cleaner environment for all of us:

  • Turn off all Equipment when you aren’t using it (computers, coffeemaker, etc.) This can reduce the energy used by 25 percent; turning off the computers at the end of the day can save an additional 50 percent.
  • Sign-up for paperless billing. We do most of our billing online and get our statements sent to our email.
  • Turn off water that is running when you are brushing your teeth, washing your face, and when you are washing dishes.
  • RECYCLE. It’s easy, period.
  • Use Green cleaning products
  • Buy efficient lightbulbs. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) use 70% less energy and last 10 times longer than standard bulbs.
  • Adjust your thermostat. Set your programmable thermostat two degrees warmer than usual in summer and two degrees cooler in winter—then watch your energy use drop.
    Buy local when you can. Most food is shipped more than 1,500 miles to get to your plate—locally grown food saves fuel and tastes better.

To read more about what you can do for Earth Day visit the link:

http://www.earthday.org/take-action 

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