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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

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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~

~ at http://www.earthday.org/node/68~

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

The art of being green
The art of being green

What do you want to do for Earth Day?

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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.

monopoly houses
monopoly houses

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Have a Great Earth Day! - Stop and tell me your plans

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Great, informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      There's no gathering close to me so I just helped clean up as I walked in the streets.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      @Aunt-Mollie: Thank you - Earth Day is a very important day (that's what our planet told me!)

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Earth Day is almost here! Thanks for the great ideas.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      What a great lens. Pinned onto my Green Living and Loving the Earth board and very, blessed. Plus, if you don't mind - I linked it to my own cook with the sun lens as a related lens. :)

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      No plans. I'll be home and probably on my computer or reading a book on my Kindle. The problem with all those people picking up one piece of trash each is that most of them will just throw it back down on the ground again. If there are no trash cans nearby, they won't go looking for them, believe me.

      TonyB

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When I was at Elementary School, the Government launched its first ever "Keep Britain Tidy" campaign, which also coined the phrase "litter lout". To be called a "litter lout" in our school was one of the worst things that could happen to you. It's a shame that it does not have the same reasonance today.

      However, I am proud to say that none of my 4 children ever deliberately drop litter :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Important subject... well covered!

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      adragast24 5 years ago

      Nice article, thanks for sharing it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! That is evergreen if I ever saw one.

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      Wonderful, what a wonderful difference we can all make!

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      samsipet 5 years ago

      This is so important I wish more people would pitch in. Great info!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      And if we all picked up a few pieces of trash...what a difference that would make. Great page about our environment and trash.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      @anonymous: Earth Day 2012's theme was to to mobilize the planet but if you look further into their website at http://www.earthday.org/what-can-you-do-earth-day they list many community activities including "Organize a Day of Service---

      Set up a volunteer event in your community to clean up the environment or help improve it"

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What is Earth Day 2012's theme ? mobilize the earth, protect the planet or pick up clean up

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great lens with good suggestions for Earth Day.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      You use some very strong and persuasive statistics. I find the bottled water taste test statistic interesting. Blessings.

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      t2000q 5 years ago

      Hope Evryone picthed in on Earth Day

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Wonderful lens! My son's boy scout troop takes care of cleaning up a stretch of road near our house. It's a great project! :)

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      A great message and good actions suggested on Earth Day

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      HaleySchaeffer LM 5 years ago

      Absolutely great! You've inspired me to get out and make a difference today. Thank you!

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      revenue4u 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Very timely and important theme. Squid liked.

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      karMALZEKE 5 years ago

      Excellent ideas and must do.

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      VarietyWriter2 5 years ago

      Blessed :)

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I love your ways to celebrate Earth day and I will try and pick up a piece of trash a day!

      Blessed**

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      Cindy 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Attending a paper shredding event fundraiser for the Shriner's Hospital and voting for your article in the charity contest on Earth Day. xoxo

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Fabulous lens. So true every little bit helps to make a big difference. Just image if we all make a bigger effort than ever before!

      *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Healthy Living » Green Living" neighborhood. I thought it made more sense to add it to this category rather than the " Public Health & Safety" category, but I will change it if you would rather. Just let me know.

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      GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

      Not sure what I will do today, but I am proud that my parrothead club does a monthly trash pick up along a local highway. I do honestly wish that there wasn't always so much to pick up - what are people thinking?

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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      Yes, we can all make a small things on daily basis to make a big difference all together. Thanks for such a lovely reminder :)

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      juliemd 5 years ago

      Great lens Survivoryea . Where I can, I recycle, not only doing my bit to keep 'green', I hate waste. Just doing a little can mean a lot.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      Like your lens! I always try to recycle and am so glad that my kids are doing it too! Happy Earth Day!

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      Oh, I told you my plans above. Misunderstood! I am happy to say I do all of the four "single acts can help". Our Goodwill has great clothes and bargains, and I donate and shop there. We have excellent tasting spring water at home, so I refill a reusable bottle; I grow produce in the summer and can and freeze in the fall, then buy from local growers at the Co-Op as needed in winter and spring; and I already have the energy efficient light bulbs, but we try to use only a couple of rooms in the house, and keep most other light bulbs off. I only have one child left at home now to tell "turn off the lights!"

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      SquidooMBA 5 years ago

      Recycle my papertowels. Great lens!

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      I'm in Cancun...but I still always try to pick up around me.

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      CraftaholicVete 5 years ago

      Great lens, very well written. Thanks and you are right, we are taking advantage of someone else cleaning after us. Each of us need to be a part of this.

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      wahrsein 5 years ago

      great

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      Rebecca Korpita 5 years ago from Gulf Coast

      Great lense! Squid-liked!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      Picking up trash is a great idea! I'm always horrified at how much there is on the side of the roads and it's so easy to just carry a plastic bag and take a walk and pick some up!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Such important information for us all. Adding this to my Recycling at Home lens.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi great Earth Day lens,Happy Earth Day.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      You may add my name to your Squid Angel list. Angel blessings!

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      swarupreddyk 5 years ago

      Yes..Save our mother earth..I request all the Humans.Rest I'm not here to bother you..

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      You know.. thanks for the reminder about the water.. although our city water here in Kuwait isn't potable, we have a carbon filter so that we can drink it, and we are going to hopefully get a bigger one that ionizes the water too! Blessed!

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Family time! Party...

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      useful tips - thanks!

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      We have an "Attack Trash" day here!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. God bless!

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      simpsonia 5 years ago

      Weather permitting I've a lot of planting to do in my garden.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Earth Day is Sunday, so I won't be planting that day. I already planted trees yesterday.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy Earth Day. Thank you for a great lens.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Terrific lens. I find that when I am out on walks, I will pick up a bottle or can, and bring it to the closest trash can. It's my neighborhood, my environment, I don't want it trashy! Thanks for bringing some great ideas and awareness!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      I liked your Monopoly house joke :))) Very nice lens and practical.

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      motobidia 5 years ago

      Very informational lens! I've nominated it to today's Squid Quest related to Earth Day. Well done!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Thanks for the simple, concise and helpful lens! I'll probably attend the big bash that our community puts together with volunteer labor.

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      Every day should be Earth Day! I have a group of developmentally disabled volunteers that are so eager to go out on earth day and assist with cleaning up their community. Great lens!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This is a wonderful and practical idea lens on celebrating Earth Day. :)

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      @ecogranny: Hi Grace-I went in and added The Earth Day Network as my source-thank you for asking as it is a wonderful site! The figures are truly amazing :>)

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful compilation of ideas and activities to celebrate Earth Day--and to keep the momentum going every day of the year. I am particularly interested in the source of this statistic, as it is truly astounding--and delightful:

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's so good to see people who are so concerned about the planet, wish we have more like-minded people like you.. :)

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Excellent idea! You have taken one small, simple action and showed how it will make a difference. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I love the way you've made this into a family project. Blessed! Adding this to my ED lens under related topics.

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      gravityx9 5 years ago

      Great looking lens! Pinned @ Pinterest & Tweeted

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I like your down to earth, everyday, common folk suggestions. This I can do.

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      Linda Hahn 5 years ago from California

      Perfect! I liked, googled, pinned, & Facebooked.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Definitely a wonderful idea - blessed by a SquidAngel!