In 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson took a political stance on the effects of environmental pollution by helping organize the first ever “Environmental Teach-In”, held on April 22, 1970. Since then, Earth Day has blossomed into a full month of environmental awareness activities. In 1990, the Earth Day concept went international with 200 million people in over 140 nations participating. Earth Day involvement continues to grow, with over 1 billion people involved in awareness activities today.
We participate in Earth Month every year and incorporate all of its action steps into our daily zoo routines. Below are 10 simple tips you can integrate into your daily routine to minimize the negative impact on the environment.
1. Use scrap paper for informal notes to yourself and others.
2. Start an office recycling program for office and computer paper, cardboard, etc.
3. If you buy disposable items, buy compostable products rather than plastics or Styrofoam.
4. When you shop, use one big sack instead of collecting several small ones, or better yet, take your own totes with you.
5. Turn your car off if you are stopping for more than one minute to avoid wasting gas and polluting our air.
6. Recycle your vehicle’s and recreational vehicle’s engine oil and battery.
7. Turn down the heat and turn off the water heater before you leave home for vacation.
8. When you’re on vacation, hang your towels back on the rack to be used another day.
9. Compost your food waste. Composting, especially with worms, is an easy and fun project that kids can get excited about.
10. Take only photographs and leave only footprints when you explore.
"But now, says the Once-ler, Now that you´re here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." – Dr. Seuss
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