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MariMacNei
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What You Can Do to Save the Earth During the Other 364 Days

Tag Archives:  Environment .
Beyond  Earth Day .
Leave a comment     Posted by   on                  Guest Post by Annika Dahlgren-Ferrell     Earth Day  is a day of   observance/action celebrated each year on April 22 and has been going on and gaining momentum since its inception in 1970.

The United Nations observes Earth Day every year on the March Equinox

which often falls (as it does this year) on March 20th.
Earth Day, whenever celebrated is usually a time to reflect on the state of the  environment  and what steps can we take, as humans, to clean up the mess we have created.
Earth Day, in my mind is flawed.
It’s like  Valentine ’s Day.
Why spend one day doing what  you should  be doing every day.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that it’s to bring  awareness  and stimulate social change, but I think that we, as educators should be living by example and teaching our students things that they can be doing every day to save the earth.  Kids understand the 3 R’s (reduce, recycle, reuse).
They’ve been told to go out and plant a tree,  but we never really teach them  important  simple things that they, and their parents, can (and should) be doing in their every day lives at home.
What  You Can Do  to Save the Earth During the Other 364 Days.
Re-evaluate what your needs and wants are.  We live in a society where everything is at our finger tips.  It’s easy to  accumulate  and spend and continue the circle of consumerism which is shockingly harmful on our environment.
We need to not try to live in comparison to someone else… to have the newest and latest… to have the biggest… Start living in your means and possibly below your means.  It will allow you to live free and not be tied down by your possessions.
With this in mind, .

Here is a simple list of simple things you can do to make every day Earth Day

Miscellaneous.
Cut your hair at home (spouses and children).
Use good ol’ water for cleaning the floors, counters and surfaces instead of purchasing chemical-filled cleaners.  Tip :  add lemon or orange peels and white vinegar to your water.
Plan your trip with your car so that you can get all your errands done in a certain part of town.

Tell people you love hand-me-downs.  Clothes

toys, dishes you can get it all by just asking people for their old stuff.  You help them unload and you get what you want.
Reuse vacuum bags, empty them out and reuse them.
Use refillable water bottles.

Rinse dishes in a large bowl.  With water that is left-over

water the garden and potted plants in the house.
Drive a dirty car or wipe it clean.
Don’t buy new.
If you must buy, buy used.  Search online.

Check out your local Salvation Army

Exercise outdoors when you can, instead of using a gym membership.
Use things for their entire life instead of continually upgrading.
Use rechargeable batteries.

Cut up old shirts for rags (I use them as Kleenex as well)

Trade toys with friends/neighbors for your kids.
Buy in bulk when it makes sense to.
Bathroom.
If it’s yellow, let it mellow.
If it’s brown, flush it down.
Use your shower towel for a week (or until it gets musty) hang it in a well ventilated spot so it can dry quickly.

Turn off the water when you soap up

Turn off your water heater (if you have the capabilities) and turn it on right before you shower.
Buy refills for soaps and shampoo bottles.
Clean the toilet bowl with a little bit of hand soap instead of buying harsh cleaning chemicals.

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth

Kitchen.
Use coupons.
Bring your own cloth bags when grocery shopping.
Keep refrigerator door closed (open it with something in mind… don’t keep it open and ponder what it is you want to eat).
Run the dishwasher only when full.

Wash Ziploc bags and re-use them

Make enough dinner so you have lunch(es) the following day(s).

Turn off all appliances that have lights

numbers, or timers on them.  It drains electricity.  Including the TV.  You can unplug at night and have it on during the day if that works better for you.
Alternatively, put all your electronic equipment on surge protectors and just flip the switch on that instead of unplugging them.
Use water that is just sitting in your sink (in cups, glasses, pots and pans) to water plants.
Bedroom.
Wash sheets once a month.
Use your clothes more than once before washing them (unless they are stinky and noticeably dirty of course).
Living Room.

Use fans in summer (and turn them off when you leave the room) instead of using AC

Turn thermostat up.
Close curtains to keep the heat out.
Sweater up in the winters.  Turn thermostat down and let in the natural sun light to warm things up.
Incredibly enough, candles increase the temp.
in your home.
Turn off your computers and printers when they are not in use.
Turn off everything in a room that you aren’t using or when you leave the room.
Student Check-List.

View this document on Scribd  Eco-Sites for Kids & Teachers

Eco Kids  Eeko World  Rufus’ Home  Recycle City  Earth911  The Daily Green  Kids Saving Energy  The Green Guide for Kids  Earth Matters  Annika Dahlgren-Ferrell is a Health, Nutrition and PE teacher from California who is passionate about the environment.
Growing up in two cultures (Sweden and the US) she has seen her share of both environmental negligence and responsibility.
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