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Celebrate the Earth - Daily Sustainability Tips

April is Earth month. Celebrate the earth all month long with these daily sustainability tips.

March 29 - Spend time outside
March 30 - Turn your heat down(and put on a sweater)
March 31 - Plant a pollinator or wildlife garden
April 1 - Say no to disposable plastic
April 2 - Use washable cloth napkins
April 3 - Don't drive anywhere today
April 4 - Use only organic fertilizers on your lawn
April 5 - Call someone else and remind them it's Earth Month
April 6 - Start a compost pile
April 7 - Plant a garden
April 8 - Unplug your devices after charging to save energy
April 9 - Cleanup litter from your yard
April 10 - Use silverware instead of disposable products
April 11 - Replace bottled water for reusable water bottles
April 12 - Read documents online instead of printing them
April 13 - Re-purpose glass jars for storage containers
April 14 - Pick up trash outside/along the road
April 15 - Plant a tree
April 16 - Learn three new facts about the earth
April 17 - Turn off the water when you brush your teeth
April 18 - Turn off the water while you wash your hands (for 20 seconds, of course)
April 19 - Choose recycled paper products
April 20 - Choose safe, organic cleaning products
April 21 - Buy organic vegetables
April 22 - Look into getting a solar array for your home
April 23 - EARTH DAY! Support an environmental organization with a donation that works within your budget
April 24 - Don’t buy items you don’t need
April 25 - Switch to energy-saving light bulbs
April 26 - Eat more food from local sources
April 27 - Fix leaks – A leak of one drip per second can waste 259 gallons of water every month, according to the Department of Energy
April 28 - Make a video encouraging others to do earth friendly activities
April 29 - Do a meatless Monday
April 30 - Reduce your food waste (According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, 30 percent of food is wasted globally contributing 8 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.)

Earth Day is April 22 of every year. April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

History of Earth Day
Earth Day was a unified response to an environment in crisis — oil spills, smog, rivers so polluted they literally caught fire. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet.
The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.
What was the result of the first Earth Day? The first Earth Day in 1970 launched a wave of action, including the passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States. The Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were created in response to the first Earth Day in 1970, as well as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many countries soon adopted similar laws. Earth Day continues to hold major international significance: In 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day when the historic Paris Agreement on climate change was signed into force.