Earth Day – What Do I Do? What Can You Do?

(Cross-posted on Facebook)

To me, everyday is Earth Day! Here are some of the things I do throughout the year that you can do too:

  • Use real dishes instead of paper or plastic.
  • Use reusable mugs or bottles instead of plastic bottles and paper cups.
  • Use reusable bags for groceries.
  • Skip the bag if you’re just buying one or two items.
  • Compost kitchen waste. We have worms that eat most of our veggie waste.
  • Use a push mower. Mowers are much dirtier than cars and ours uses no energy except people-power!
  • Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs. Not only does it use less energy, it wastes less energy, therefore keeping your cooling bills down.
  • Receive and pay bills online.
  • Buy used and shop at used bookstores (I love Half Price Books and GoHastings.com), Half.com, Craigslist, Amazon Marketplace, or eBay.
  • Use your local Freecycle group.
  • Shop at farmer’s markets.
  • Join a CSA.
  • Play MP3s instead of CDs or stream video instead of watching a DVD.
  • Instead of setting your screen saver, turn off your monitor when you walk away from your computer.
  • Use rechargeable batteries in your Wii remotes.
  • Shower once a week–just kidding!

What do you do to make everyday Earth Day?

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2 Responses

  1. Mike,
    Thanks for sharing your ideas — and most of them are quite do-able. I’m not sure that I’m ready for the worms as allies in composting.

    One of my strategies is to include the whole topic of “green thinking” as part of a course I teach at the University of Florida, Writing for Mass Communication. Every semester, the 250 students in the course have to determine a story idea with an environmental, health, science or technology angle, then report on and write the story.

    Students have written literally hundreds of environmental stories over the semesters — from UF research on power-saving initiatives to community programs to deal with environmental concerns. And not only does each student who writes an environmental story learn more about the environment but many of the students are able to get their stories published in print or online, thus making many others aware of the environmental issue.
    – Julie / thoughtsonteaching.wordpress.com

  2. Prof Dodd,
    Thanks for commenting! That’s really fantastic that you do that with your students. I love cross-curricula assignments. When in the classroom, I have students read.

    Re: the worms, you just need some to start then they reproduce on their own as long you keep them fed. You don’t have to interact with them much. They are as aloof as cats, but you don’t need to clean the litter box. 😉

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