Earth Day

April 22, 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of Earth Day – a day of celebrating and pro moting education and awareness for our environment.

As the day was approaching , I’d gotten to thinking about some of the changes that I can easily make in my own life to do my part and save our beautiful earth. They are just little changes that make a great difference.

· Walking/biking instead of driving: This change will not only reduce the emissions that I put out into the atmosphere, but help me maintain a healthier life. As the weather gets warmer, it’s a great excuse to spend more time outside and within walking distance of hidden gems in my community.

· Turning off the lights: I know this seems like an obvious one, but I sometimes forget! I’m (still) making an effort to shut off the lights every time I leave a room because it really adds up. (This applies to my computer screen as well!)

· Switching to cold water when doing my laundry: This little change saves quite a bit of energy and doesn’t impact the cleanliness of my clothes. (Even doing 3 out of 4 loads in cold water makes a difference.)

By starting with a few changes like these, I’m hoping to continue finding new and environmentally beneficial activities that contribute to a healthy lifestyle and a more livable Earth.

Hopefully making the switch to being more environmentally conscious will positively affect your life as well.

For some organized programs to partake in on Earth Day, check out the Earth Day website and view some events in your own community!

Even though Earth Day takes place only once a year, it’s our duty to maintain a healthy living environment every day of our lives. Please help.

By Melissa Kennedy