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Pick Up Trash and More this Earth Day

Updated on April 15, 2014

Every Piece of Trash is Hurting Our Planet

Imagine if every person on earth picked up one piece of trash a day what a difference it would make. There are 7,007,052,463 people in the world (April, 2012) so the difference you would see is tremendous. If we limit the one item of trash to the population of the United States that would still be 313,363,759 pieces of trash picked up and either recycled or discarded properly.

Earth Day in the United States is April 22 and would be an excellent day to make a difference. Take a walk, pick up that piece of trash and feel proud that you have done something for our planet.

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We owe this to future generations!

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globe hugging child

In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 to be International Mother Earth Day.

Start a Family Project for Earth Day

Make a list of things that your family can do so that even the youngest participants feel included. Find ways that you can help keep the planet clean and help protect our environment! Have a family discussion about the importance of earth day to start things off.

  1. Pick up and recycle all litter in your yard and nearby area.
  2. Don't leave your water faucets on, efficient use of water helps reduce the demands on our water supplies.
  3. Use food scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic waste to create a compost pile. This can be used to replace chemical fertilizers in the garden.
  4. Conserve water. Use barrels to collect rainwater and use it to water plants.

Stop with the Bottled Water - Millions of Plastic Bottles

plastic bottles
plastic bottles

Join a Community Project for Earth Day

Many large and small communities have embraced Earth Day as a day to bring the residents together to promote a cleaner and more eco-friendly environment. There are quite a few worthwhile projects depending on where you live. Some of the more popular include:

  1. Assign small groups to different areas of the town to pick up trash, bottles and other refuse. Make sure to recycle at the end of the day!
  2. If you live near the water, either a lake,river or the ocean, have a team(s) walk the area looking for trash, bottles, old fishing line and hooks and put into bags.. It is astounding the amount of cigarette butts you can pick up in one afternoon.
  3. Make sure your town is recycling old newspapers. Organize a recycling drive and take them to your local recycling center.
  4. Take the initiative and organize a carpool to get to work, shopping or school. Less cars on the road means less greenhouse gas.

Make Sure Your Town Recyles - FACT: Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees!

newspapers to recycle
newspapers to recycle

"More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world."

~from the Earth Day Network~

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On a Bigger Scale - Meet in Washington, D.C.

Earth Day 2014 will be on a Monday, April 22.

Earth Day at Union Station

April 21-23, 2014. The celebration will feature interactive, eco-friendly exhibits and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability. On April 22, be sure to check out the full day of entertainment, discussion panels, contests, games, giveaways and much more.

  1. Special fun Earth Day celebrations will be held On April 22
  2. It's free and open to the public.
  3. Will feature music, entertainment, celebrity speakers and environmental activities.
  4. Bring your own chairs and water (tap water in a thermos) for a long, interesting Earth Day in D.C.!
  5. Don't forget a little trash bag - make it a carry-in carry-out day!

Your Earth Day Plans

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A Single Act Can Help - Everyone Matters!

If you live alone and there is no group close by to join, you can still participate in Earth Day. There are many ways to contribute.

  1. Donate your older clothes, books, furniture, and other items for reuse by charitable groups in your area. The reuse of these items helps one item at a time.
  2. Replace all your light bulbs with energy saving bulbs to conserve our planets energy.
  3. Grow your own or buy local produce. (preferably at a place that uses natural pesticides and fertilizers)
  4. Stop buying bottled water in those plastic bottles - use tap water! If it makes you feel better use filtered jugs and tap filters to filter your tap water.

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