NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

Celebrate Earth Day in April and All Year!


In honor of Earth Day 2023 – celebrated this year on April 22 – here are 10 easy
ways to celebrate it every day.

  •  Follow the 3 R’s. Look for ways you can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
    throughout your home.
  • Conserve energy at home. Turn off lights and electronics when not in use, and use
    a programmable thermostat. These things save energy and reduce greenhouse
    gas emissions, while also saving money on your utility bills.
  • Reduce paper waste and junk mail. Think twice before printing things at
    work and home. Reduce your mail by using online payment options that avoid
    paper bills. Use a service that will remove your name from unwanted mailing
    lists to reduce junk mail.
  • Recycle your electronics. Your old, unused or broken computers, tablets,
    phones and other electronics can often be recycled for free by stores,
    manufacturers and local governments, which saves natural resources while also
    reducing pollution.
  • Give your car a break. Whether you’re commuting to work or running
    errands, try to leave your car at home, even a few times a week. Walk, bike,
    carpool, or take public transportation. You’ll also save money and get more
  • Turn off the tap. Whether you’re brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or
    showering, turn off the water when it’s not needed.
  • Replace your bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and LED bulbs
    cost more than incandescent bulbs, but they will save you money because they
    last longer, and use up to 90 percent less energy.
  • Bring your own bags to the store. Use a backpack or bag from home, or buy
    reusable bags that you can keep in your car and use again and again.
  • Buy local. Buying local produce and other items reduces shipping distances and
    also supports local businesses and communities.
  • Act local. Get involved in environmental work in your local community. Local
    schools, governments, and non-profit organizations often offer opportunities for
    volunteers to get involved in cleaning up parks, restoring habitats, and other
    efforts to make communities greener.
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