Getting Ready for Earth Day
The Go Green Report, Episode 9, Getting Ready for Earth Day
Earth day is coming up on April 22nd and it is the perfect opportunity to challenge all of us to step up our green living game. Thanks to many of the bloggers out there who are committed to reporting on the latest developments in green living, we’ve comprised this list of five environmental issues that you and I can help impact this month– fossil fuels, wasted water, wasted paper, food sourcing, and eco-friendly products.
1. Fossil Fuels
We’ve discussed the dangers of the toxins released by fossil fuels on the Go Green Report before. Fossil Free is an organization that is fighting to raise awareness of the role fossil fuels play in climate change and activate enthusiasts to go out and change the way that our nation invests in energy. Visit them at gofossilfree.org to sign a petition in your area, or start your own campaign!
2. Wasted Water
The good people over at We Hate to Waste recently highlighted the “April Showers” campaign, where you can organize a competition among your peers, schoolmates, or coworkers to reduce their overall water consumption by limiting their shower times to 7 minutes through the month of April. Every minute in the shower uses approximately 2 gallons of water, so limiting a shower to only 7 minutes can save a significant amount of water. To find out more, visit wehatetowaste.com
3. Paper Waste
Creating, shipping and recycling the flyers and unnecessary ads that arrive in your mailbox every year wastes about 28 billion gallons of water, hundreds of millions of trees, and creates more greenhouse gas emissions each year than over 9 million cars. 44% of that junk mail ends up in a landfill unopened anyway. Catalogchoice.com is a nonprofit organization that helps you reduce junk mail. Their website is free and easy to use. By opting out of incoming junk mail, you can make a big impact on this issue.
4. Locally sourced food
Another major source of waste and pollution is found in the way that we as americans eat and shop for food. Seth Leitman of Greenlivingguy.com reported recently on the positive impact that eating locally sourced foods can have on our carbon footprint. He says that by eating local beef for example, it will reduce transportation costs and therefore will reduce our carbon impact by not shipping the food from Brazilian rainforest, where much of our imported beef originates. If you want some accountability, join others on earthday.org in taking the pledge to eat healthier and reducing your carbon emissions by buying local produce whenever possible. You can start with a small goal at first, like visiting your local farmer’s market once a month.
5. Eco-friendly products
A final way that we can stand up for the environment is by being selective in the household products that we use. Lori Alper of groovygreenliving.com recently presented an analysis of some personal care products that she endorses for their eco-conscience production and distribution. Seeking out these types of products will help generate a wider market and ultimately promote responsible corporate practices in the future.
As earth day approaches, join us in making these and other simple changes that can have a lasting impact on the world that we are leaving for our children.
Thanks for joining us on The Go Green Report.
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