Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost
Walk or ride your bike when possible. If you must drive, take public transportation, carpool or rideshare. Keep tires inflated.
Conserve water - Don't let faucets run. Never water your lawn at midday. Place a brick in old toilets. Take low flow short showers. Run the dishwasher only when it is full. Let grass grow longer. Plant native or drought-tolerant garden plants.
Don't use pesticides/herbicides on your lawn - Along with nitrogen fertilizer runoff, these are major water pollutants.
Quit smoking - Second-hand smoke is a major indoor air pollutant and health hazard. When you quit, both you and your family will lead longer and healthier lives.
Eat less meat/eat more local and organic foods - start with Meatless Monday.
Lower your thermostat in the winter. Raise it in the summer
Dispose of old paint, chemicals, and oil properly - Don't put batteries, antifreeze, paint, motor oil, or chemicals in the trash. Use proper toxics disposal sites.
Never buy more than you need. Consider the environmental costs of major decisions and purchases
Work locally and globally to save natural places, reduce urban sprawl, lower pollution and prevent the destruction of wilderness areas for timber and oil.
Take a walk in the woods, or plant trees which store CO2. Teaching our children to love and care for the planet is the most important thing we can do to insure the future of humankind.
For more earth friendly tips, check out globalstewards.org and ecologyfund.com.
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