10 Simple Things you can do for Earth Day

[tag]Earth Day[/tag] is April 22 and this is an excellent time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate [tag]environment[/tag]al progress. Therefore, Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to [tag]protect our planet[/tag]. Here are ten simple things you can do to save our planet:

1. Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (cfl)
CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of [tag]carbon dioxide[/tag] a year.

2. Take a shower instead of a bath
A shower takes up to four times less energy than a bath. To maximise the [tag]energy saving[/tag], avoid power showers and use low-flow showerheads, which are cheap and provide the same comfort.

3. Plant a tree
A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15%. The Arbor Day Foundation has information on planting and provides trees you can plant with membership.

4. Reuse your shopping bag
When shopping, it saves energy and waste to use a reusable bag instead of accepting a disposable one in each shop. Waste not only discharges CO2 and methane into the atmosphere, it can also pollute the air, groundwater and soil.

5. Buy organic foods as much as possible
Organic soils capture and store carbon dioxide at much higher levels than soils from conventional farms. If we grew all of our corn and soybeans organically, we’d remove 580 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere! Plus, [tag]organic food[/tag] is great for you!

6. Buy fresh foods instead of frozen
Frozen food uses 10 times more energy to produce.

7. Buy locally grown and produced foods
The average meal in the United States travels 1,200 miles from the farm to your plate. Buying locally will save fuel and keep money in your community.

8. Seek out and support local farmers markets
They reduce the amount of energy required to grow and transport the food to you by one fifth. You can find a farmer’s market in your area at the USDA website.

9. Keep your car tuned up
Regular maintenance helps improve [tag]fuel efficiency[/tag] and reduces emissions. When just 1% of [tag]car[/tag] owners properly maintain their cars, nearly a billion pounds of carbon dioxide are kept out of the atmosphere.

10. Buy intelligently
One bottle of 1.5l requires less energy and produces less waste than three bottles of 0.5l. As well, buy recycled paper products: it takes less 70 to 90% less energy to make recycled paper and it prevents the loss of forests worldwide. Also, choose products that come with little packaging and buy refills when you can. By doing so, you will also cute down on waste production and energy use!

For more Environmental Tips, check out http://www.earthday.net/involved/envtips/default.aspx

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