Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


In honor of Earth Day, and becoming inspired from all of the wonderful ideas presented in the blogs I read, I’ve determined that I’m going to try to adapt 12 new habits this upcoming year, until next Earth Day, to do my best to nurture the earth.

In no particular order:

1) Start a garden (I can’t wait to eat my own veggies!)

2) Compost (I’ve been wanting to do this and it will work out perfect with the garden)

3) Use a water bottle/coffee mug at work instead of using all the styrofoam cups they provide (I figure I go through about 4-5 cups a night with my water/juice/coffee habit)

4) Use ONLY canvas bags when shopping (right now we primarily use them, but if we forget them, we’ll grab the plastic bags)

5) Make my own cleaner (I’ll have to find a good recipe online)

6) Install a water saving showerhead

7) Place a brick in the toilet tank to save on water during flushes

8) Plant a tree

9) Reduce my junk mail (by writing to Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 3861, New York, New York, 10163-3861)

10) Install dimmer lights in at least one room

11) Buy an energy efficient appliance (hopefully that will be the fridge first, then the oven, then the dishwasher!)

12) Set our thermostat ONE degree cooler this winter during the day and wear a sweater instead! (this will be a tough one for me)

So that’s it for this year.  Hopefully I’ll be able to incorporate each one and then another 12 the next year, and so on.  I don’t want to try for too much and then give up.  I think all of these ideas are do-able for me and Kimm.

We’ve already done a lot so far (in my mind)–we’ve been recycling everything like mad since we moved since we couldn’t in our last place.  We’ve replaced all of our lightbulbs with energy efficient ones.  We turn off the lights when we are not in a room and rarely turn on lights unless absolutely needed.  We don’t run water when we brush our teeth.  We hardly buy new stuff.  We hardly waste our food.  We don’t travel unnecessarily.

We do what we can. And that’s what I wish for everyone this Earth Day.  Even if you can only make one change, that is change.  Remember, we must be the change that we wish to see in this world. Good luck everyone.  And get outside and enjoy this wonderful earth we live on!!!!

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