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Earth Day: One Planet

Updated on October 17, 2014

Our Communal Responsibility

One Planet.

This is the mantra we need to live by. We only have one planet and it is our responsibility to take care of it. This is what Earth Day is all about: reminding us that we cannot ignore the environmental problems that plague our planet, but that instead we must do our part to right the wrongs and keep our planet healthy.

It is far too easy to shrug off the problem and pretend that we are powerless to help or that the situation is not as critical as the media make it out to be. However, the reality is that the issues the media shows are very real. While we as individuals certainly do not have the power that governments or major corporations have to change things, we are far from powerless. It is vital for the future of our planet that we all make an effort to help the environment.

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Image by Tony Netone used under Creative Commons License.

History of Earth Day

A look back at the beginning

In the 1960s, concern about the environment was minimal. While Silent Spring by Rachel Carson had begun to raise awareness of the issues at hand, public media attention was minimal. In the United States, the decade was fraught with turbulence and saw extensive protests from the new generation of college students. Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson capitalized on the energy behind students’ anti-war protests to raise awareness for the environment. Together with a dedicated team, he organized the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Millions of Americans participated in rallies and organized protests. It was the first unified fight for the planet.

In 1990, Earth Day became a global event. 200 million people in 141 countries participated making the day a massive success and furthering the environmental movement. The day was thanks to Denis Hayes, the national co-ordinator of the first Earth Day. As the new millennium dawned, the movement grew even further with Earth Day 2000. This time the focus on was clean energy. 184 countries and 5000 environmental groups participated. World governments could not ignore the message: the people of Earth wanted change.

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Green Products - Go Green!

Try some of these green cleaning products.

Celebrating Over 40 Years - Some more Earth Day history

This video is both informative and entertaining as it shares highlights from each year of Earth Day's history.

A beautiful example of nature

A beautiful example of nature
A beautiful example of nature

Simple Things You Can Do to Help the Environment

It's the everyday efforts

Recycle: This might seem obvious, but it's surprising how often people ignore it. I cannot count how many times I have seen recyclable materials in the trash, despite a recycling bin right next to it. It takes little effort to give your containers a quick rinse and place them in the blue bin. Many cities have limits of how many garbage bags houses are allowed to have each week, encouraging people to recycle as much as possible. Spend the small amount of time it takes to recycle everything your city will accept.

Use Cloth Shopping Bags: This is so simple it's impossible to find an excuse NOT to do it. Many stores now charge for plastic bags, so the one time cost of a cloth bag is quickly nullified. They fit loads of groceries and are much more durable than paper or plastic, so will not break from the weight of heavy loads. I have had mine for 2.5 years and have yet to wear one out, despite constant use. If you haven't already switched to reusable cloth shopping bags, what are you waiting for? Some studies have shown bacteria grow in cloth bags (this hapens because of spills from goceries); given this information, you could choose to wash your cloth bags periodically to keep them sanitary. Also, some cities allow for plastic bags to be recycled, making the use of plastic grocery bags less harmful.

Use Tupperware or glass: Using plastic baggies for lunches might be convenient, but it is very wasteful. Each time you throw one away, you are contributing to the landfills and you are using more of Earth's precious resources. Tupperware (or other plastic containers) or glass containers can be reused hundreds of times and have only a one time cost. As an added bonus, they also protect your food (who wants a squished sandwich??). Glass can be especially good since they do not use any plastic; however, if you have young children, you might want to stick to plastic containers until they're older.

Water usage: How many of us waste water? I know I am sometimes guilty of taking that extra long shower or being to lazy to get up and move the lawn sprinkler. Sometimes, these things just happen. However, they add up and cause a drain on our planet's water supply. It's important that we all make an effort to reduce our water usage. Every little bit helps.

Heat and Air Conditioning: These appliances are essential on the most extreme winter and summer days. Sometimes, though, we abuse them. Turn your heat down a degree or two in the winter and put on a warmer sweater or cuddle up with a blanket. In the summer, set your air conditioner a couple of degrees warmer. The point of air conditioning is not to be cold, but to be comfortable. I often find myself putting on a sweater at other people's houses just to stay warm despite the heat outside. Save yourself some money and save our resources at the same time.

Turn off the Lights: This one is simple-when you leave a room and don't plan to go back, turn off the light. It seems obvious, but it's something many of us don't think of when it comes to communal rooms such as the kitchen or living room. It's also good to think of for hall lights.

Walk: When your destination is close enough, walk! Of course, this only works in certain situations and environments, but most of us can do this more often than we care to admit. If you are picking up milk from the corner store and it's only a couple of blocks away, walk over instead of driving. The same goes for when you're visiting friends who live in your neighbourhood. Certainly when the weather is awful we can make the exception and drive, but otherwise, grab a pair of sneakers and start trekking!

Compost: If you live somewhere that this is possible, setup a compost site. There are so many organic items that end up in landfills when they could instead decompose and return to Mother Earth. Kids can have a lot of fun with this, so if you have children or grandchildren, have them help you set it up. It's a great bonding experience and will help teach them to respect the environment. Composting is also a great option for schools. One class can take responsibility for it or classes can take turns.

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Tupperware - Colourful choices

Check out some of these fantastic tupperware options. They're fun and colourful, so on top of helping the environment, you can be a bit whimsical.

Rubbermaid 50-Piece Easy Find Lid Food Storage Set
Rubbermaid 50-Piece Easy Find Lid Food Storage Set

This variety pack will set you up for life.

 
Snapware Glasslock Glass Storage Containers with Lids 18pc Set Nesting Design
Snapware Glasslock Glass Storage Containers with Lids 18pc Set Nesting Design

Glass containers are even better for the environment since they do not use plastic at all. Be careful if you have little ones, but great for teens or adults!

 

Disney and Earth Day - An inspiration

Disney has released numerous Earth Day videos. They donate the profits from the first week of ticket sales to Earth related causes. This video shows clips from the videos and discusses Disney's efforts to help our planet.

Bigger Commitments You Can Make

A sacrifice for Mother Earth

Choose a fuel efficient car: The next time you need to buy a car, choose one that is fuel efficient. Too many people want the big SUV or fast sports car. Any vehicle that is a gas guzzler is hurting our environment. I certainly don't expect everyone to buy a Smart car (I don't have one), but there are many fuel efficient cars that are mainstream. (The Honda Civic and Ford Focus are two that come to mind.) This can also save you a ton of money.

Refrain from using fuel run toys: What I mean by this is try to not use motorboats, jet skis, etc. for R&R. These can be a lot of fun, but they use a lot of fuel, which both depletes our resources and pollutes our waters. There are many other water activities to try: canoeing, kayaking, and good old fashioned swimming. These are not only better for our planet, but they are great exercise! Cruise boats are another luxury that our environment cannot afford for much longer.

Image by U.S. Geological Survey used under the Creative Commons License.

An Inconvenient Truth - A must see film

If you've already seen Al Gore's famous film, then you know it lives up to the hype. When it first came out, I wasn't sure it was worth all the media attention, but once I watched it I realized how impressive it was. It's a bit depressing, but it's an important film because it's all true. Gore explores the reasons for Earth's climate change and what we need to do to stop it.

An Inconvenient Truth
An Inconvenient Truth

If you haven't seen this movie yet, make some time to watch it.

 

The Earth Day Network

Committed to helping the planet

The Earth Day Network operates in 192 countries worldwide and has over 22,000 partners. The Network helps to promote green activities and policies. One of their major contributions is in making schools greener. They hope to make all elementary and high schools in the United States green within one generation. This includes instilling a sense of environmental responsibility in students so that they can continue to help the planet. The Earth Day Network is also active in matters such as environmental campaigns and animal protection, including saving the whales.

Another reason to save the planet

Another reason to save the planet
Another reason to save the planet

Earth Hour

A vital movement

On March 31, 2007, Sydney, Australia held the first annual Earth Hour. For one hour, businesses and homes were asked to turn off all non-essential lights. The event was designed to promote awareness of climate change and our responsibility to do something about it.

Planning for this first Earth Hour, which was originally to be called “The First Flick,” began in 2004 by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The three years of hard work paid off as the event was a huge success. In October 2007, San Francisco tried their own “Lights Out” program. When it, too, proved popular, the city decided to join with Sydney for their planned March 2008 Earth Hour.

The success of Earth Hour became obvious when, on the first anniversary in March 2008, 35 countries and 400 cities participated. The Sydney Opera House, Colosseum, Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge, CN Tower, and a multitude of other famous landmarks went dark.

In 2009, the event expanded once again with 88 countries and 4159 cities involved. In Canada, Ontario had a 6% decrease in electricity usage and Toronto had a decrease of 15.1% during Earth Hour. The Philippines reported that they saved 611MWh of electricity, which equates to a dozen coal power plants being shut down for the hour. Of course we can’t always keep all our lights off at night, but these statistics show how much of a difference we can make by turning off the lights we don’t need.

Earth Hour continues to grow. In 2010 126 countries took part. 2011 saw 135 countries and 5251 cities going dark while 2012 had 152 countries and over 7000 cities participate. In 2013, Uganda expanded the movement by introducing Earth Hour Forest in an campaign to stop deforestation.

Image by Aussiegall

My Earth Hour 2012

The perils of a tourist

I love Earth Hour because there are so many unnecessary lights. However, it does have a slight drawback if you’re a tourist. I was in Sydney during Earth Hour 2012. To be honest, the event hadn't even crossed my mind since I was so caught up in my trip. My friend and her roommate took me out for dinner downtown and afterwards we walked to the harbour. This was the first time I’d gotten to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge up close (and the only time I had the chance to see them at night). Unfortunately, it was Earth Hour and they were completely dark! Alas, it was a case of very bad timing!

Image belongs to author's friend.

What Do You Do? - Are you helping?

How much do you help our planet? Remember, even the little things add up!

How much do you help the environment by recyling, conserving, etc.?

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Think of the Future

It's our planet

Remember, we only have one planet. It's our responsibility to protect it, both for ourselves and for future generations. Every little thing we can do to help is important. If we all pitch in, we can make a better future for Earth and everyone and everything living on it.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      We need everyone talking about this. Thank you for publishing this lens. And congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

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      brownee lm 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this informative and important lens! I am always trying to find ways to be greener and more environmentally friendly and I think it is important that people realize the importance of our Mother Earth! Thank you again and congratulations on LOTD!

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      PhilVardy 3 years ago

      Great Lens. However, I'd like suggest you change your plastic tupperwar to glass tupperware; it is much better for the environment and your own health. Plastic is a petroleum based product!

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      Darcie French 3 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      We live a minimalist lifestyle, thanks for the great tribute to One Planet

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      chi kung 3 years ago

      @PhilVardy: yes, I agree with this! even if tupperware is supposed to be made of better materials...

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      Rosetta Slone 3 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I'm so glad that such an important topic received LOTD. Well done!

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      miaponzo 3 years ago

      I LOVE Earth Day! We have done Earth Day programs at the Scientific Center here in Kuwait! So fun!

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      Toytasting LM 3 years ago

      We have all become compulsive hoarders of all things material. Good that we have an earth day where we take out time to consider environment.

      amazing lens and congratulations on LOTD

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @Toytasting LM: Thank you! It's true, our society is far too materialistic.

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      rattie lm 3 years ago

      Perhaps Earth Day is not enough! It's a start, yes, but there is so much more we must do. We need to look at our practices, buying too much, believing that we REALLY need cleaning agents when often water can do the trick, and just our general day-to-day excesses. .

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I have not consciously made an effort to be more green, it is just something that we do. For example we have been cleaning our windows with nothing more than water mixed with a small amount of white vinegar for years. We also always separate the compostable items from our garbage, but I started doing that long before Earth day started, it was just common sense. Maybe that is the problem most people never stopped to think?

      By the way our local supermarket reintroduced free plastic bags due to the increased risk of bacterial infections from spills etc. in the cloth bags (The local hospitals raised their concerns about this). Also the plastic bags are 100% recyclable many of the cloth/fabric bags are not! Makes you pause to think again, does it not?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I feel the big picture is that either we go green now, or we will not have green in our future. Mother nature has her own way of dealing with problems. If we are the problem, then she will deal with us. Mother nature always wins.

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      Robin S 3 years ago from USA

      Congratulations! In honor of Earth Day, this lens was selected as Lens of the Day. You can read more about it at SquidooHQ: http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/lens-of-the-day-earth-d...

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      RaksTheBlogger 3 years ago

      Amazing lens,happy earth day and congratulations for Lens of the day!

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      tfsherman lm 3 years ago

      Thanks for a thorough lens on a subject very dear to my heart.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @tfsherman lm: Thank you!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Great Lens, now I'm off to work with my travel mug in hand!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We recently bought a high efficiency washer and dryer. Amazingly, even with just two of us who don't need to do a whole lot of laundry, we have already noticed a change in our water bill. With the droughts that the country has been suffering, I feel good about using less water. Terrific lens, very nicely done! Congratulations on your thought-provoking Lens of the Day!

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      mrdata 3 years ago

      Congrats for your LOTD and Happy Earth Day to you all!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Outstanding effort. We all need a reminder to support the environment and you have certainly accomplished that. A well deserved LotD!

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      Alan Katz 3 years ago from Florida

      Congratulations on LOTD. Thanks for sharing this lens. I didn't know a lot of this. Have a nice day! :-)

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      StrongMay 3 years ago

      Talk about a way to never let you forget Earth Day! Every time you think of Australia...it drove the point home.

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      nicey 3 years ago

      Five stars out of five for you. Congrats

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      ChristyZ 3 years ago

      Awesome Earth Day lens, congrats on lens of the day! :)

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      happylssq 3 years ago

      Very nice lens! Thank you for the great info.

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      Jordan 3 years ago

      Nice lens! Great job on getting this lens of the day! I wanted to create a lens on earth day but did not find the time.

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      EliasZanetti LM 3 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Vikki 3 years ago from US

      Congrats on lotd ;) Awesome job!

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      topbuilderlist 3 years ago

      We must unite and start protecting our mother earth. Do some corrective action on how we can lessen the greenhouse emission.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      This is a good start. Well done. d

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Helping save the earth which is a gift to us, it's important to me. Great lens!

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      thingz1 3 years ago

      Great lens. Another idea for leftovers is to use glass containers. They may be more fragile but are better for reheating food and possibly safer too.

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      soaringsis 3 years ago

      Congratulations on your LoTD. We need to do all we can do to save our earth. Thanks for sharing.

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      KonstantinaK 3 years ago

      Great lens and thanks for sharing.

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      GKREW 3 years ago

      I have reusable cloth sandwich bags instead of plastic bags that I then put into my brown paper bag which goes in my backpack made of recycled materials.

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      MissBuffySpears 3 years ago

      Great job on this Earth Day lens! I try to do as much as I can like using reusable bags when I shop, walk to local places instead of drive, grow my own food, and eat vegetarian every day.

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      Sharon Weaver 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great topic and good advise. I recycle, my husband rides a bike to the subway during the week so we rarely use the car and I use metal refillable water bottles, not plastic. That would be a good add for your article.

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      vexpopuli 3 years ago

      I love the earth! (all my stuff is there).

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      webindex lm 3 years ago

      The idea is great,

      I give voice to the best lens of the day

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      lauxeck 3 years ago

      Great job on lens of the day! Let us all work together in making our planet an even greater place to live in!

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      Underrated 3 years ago

      Congrats on being lens of the day

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      A great job. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Tonyro 3 years ago

      Great lens with a good message!

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Happy Earth Day! Interesting lens with a lot of good information.

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      webmavern 3 years ago

      Congratulations on a great lens and LOTD! We all need to do our bit for the future of our planet.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I recycle everything I can... My avon books are always ripped up for the recycling bin, my daughter plays with our left over bubble bath bottles, showe jell bottles ect. She uses cardboard left over rapping papers, cards, we try to use everything. :D BRILLIANT LENS, HAPPY EARTH DAY!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I always get my reading material by way of pdf, kindle or nook. I hope that I have made a difference to all the trees of the world.

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      KimDaphne LM 3 years ago

      I think Earth Day needs to be an everyday thing for everyone. The simple acts of recycling, reusing, and saving is very essential that each one must make a habit of doing it everyday of our lives.

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      Elis173 3 years ago

      Great lens! Congratulations

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      Bill 3 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Earth day is every day for me. I eat a vegan diet of mostly fresh foods so I do not accumulate packaging and all my scraps are composted. We recycle or reuse everything else and send very little to landfill. Instead of plastic tupperware containers, we mostly use glass which lasts a lot longer (if not dropped on the tiles) :-) Congrats on LOTD, this is a very important topic to get out there so I am glad to see it here. Cheers.

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      ajmac 3 years ago

      Congratulations for lens of the day.We need to keep our planet green for the future.

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      anne mohanraj 3 years ago

      Very informative ! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Mary Stephenson 3 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. It is so very important to protect the earth and it is everyone's job to do so.

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      cleansweeping 3 years ago

      Great lens! We recycle so much that most weeks we fill our 65 gallon recycling bin and our 65 gallon trash bin has just one bag in iti!

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      fifinn 3 years ago

      Thanks for the discussion about saving the earth. It is our collective duty. Let's do the best for our earth.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 3 years ago from Johanesburg

      Highly informative lens, thanks for sharing

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 3 years ago from Johanesburg

      Highly informative lens, thanks for sharing

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @SteveKaye: Thank you! Yes, we do. Too many people ignore the situation.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @brownee lm: Thanks! If we all try our best, we can make a difference :)

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @chi kung: Yes, I didn't think of glass vs. plastic. Tupperware is better than ziploc bags, but you're absolutely right...glass is even better than that! (At least, for adults...I wouldn't give it to my nephew lol).

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @squidoopets: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @Rosetta Slone: Thank you! It really in an important topic, and not just on Earth Day.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @miaponzo: I would love to see those! I'm sorry to say that Earth Day used to bore me as a child, but I love it now. It's such an important day.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @rattie lm: You're right, it's not enough! As I saw in a few other comments (and will have to add in to the lens), vinegar and water is a fantastic cleaning product.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @Dressage Husband: Hmm, I hadn't thought of contamination in cloth bags. Though that could be helped by washing them. If you recycle the plastic bags it's okay, but I think too many people just toss them in the trash. Our city only started accepting them a couple of months ago.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: You're absolutely right. We have to do something now or there won't be time to fix it later. More people need to realize this.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @aka-rms: Thank you so much! It's a huge honour! :)

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @RaksTheBlogger: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @GrammieOlivia: Thanks! I love travel mugs. I hate throwing out disposable cups.

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      jimporsche86 3 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day. :)

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @SusanDeppner: They're great, aren't they? My parents have one and they love it. (I live in an anpartment, so I don't have control over that.)

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @mrdata: Thanks! Happy Earth Day!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @Alan Katz: Thanks! Glad to share the info :)

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @StrongMay: Lol, yes it did! I love Earth Hour, but I do wish it hadn't been that particular day. Actually, it was past the time when they turn the lights back on, but the city had left them off for the night, it seems. Guess now I have an excuse to go back?

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @nicenet: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @ChristyZ: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @happylssq: Thank you! And you're welcome :)

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @jc stone: Thank you! The day snuck right up on me. I was wanting to create this lens for a while, but for some reason I thought Earth Day was in the middle of this week. Then I did the math and had to put this together quickly!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @EliasZanetti LM: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @choosehappy: Thanky you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @topbuilderlist: Absolutely! I'm always conscious of it when I drive. I've actually started to drive more slowly because it is supposed to use less gas.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @DebMartin: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @delia-delia: Thank you! Absoutley--it's so critical.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @thingz1: Thank you! Yes, I need to add in glass containers. I hadn't thought of it, but you're right!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @soaringsis: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @KonstantinaK: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @GKREW: Very impressive! :)

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @MissBuffySpears: Wow, growing your own food is fantastic! That must take a lot of time and effort.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @Sharon Weaver: I love the idea of public transit. It's not an option for me, but it's great for those who can use it.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @vexpopuli: Lol, great reason for saving it!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @webindex lm: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @lauxeck: Thank you! I completely agree!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @Underrated: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @Ben Reed: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @Tonyro: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @LauraHofman: Thank you! Happy Earth Day!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @webmavern: Thank you! You're right--all our parts will add up :)

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you! I'm glad you hear you're able to re-use so much! Happy Earth Day!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I'm sure you have! Electronic is a great way to save resources.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @KimDaphne LM: You're completely right. If we all recycle, re-use, and save, all those actions will add up to make a real difference.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @Elis173: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @RawBill1: Thank you! It's great to hear of someone else doing what they can to help the environment. I'm impressed with the lengths people go to :)

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @ajmac: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @anne mohanraj: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @Mary Stephenson: Thank you! I completely agree :)

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @cleansweeping: Thank you! Lol, that's great! I love when the recycling outweighs the garbage by so much.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @fifinn: Absolutely. Dicussion is the first step to action.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @weakbond: Thank you!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @jimporsche86: Thanks, Jim! :)

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      fotolady49 lm 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Very informative and valuable lens. I enjoyed learning more about how Earth Day got started.

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      GatorD 3 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. I love this lens. The subject matter certainly is close to my heart. Thank you for taking time to share it with us.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @fotolady49 lm: Thank you! I found the history interesting, too. I didn't know much of it till I did the research for this lens.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @GatorD: Thank you! And you're welcome :)

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      redtailvision 3 years ago

      A lens very worthy of LOTD! We should remember Earth Day every day! Thanks for a great lens!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      @redtailvision: Thank you! I completely agree, we should remember to do our part every day.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Enjoyed the great informative video on Earth Day.

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      accfuller 3 years ago

      GREAT lens! Please visit my "Save Our Parks," lenses ... I think that you would find them interesting. I gave you a squid-like and a g+1 ... )

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      Nicely done

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      This is one of the best Lenses I read so far on Squidoo. Thank you so much Stephanie for raising awareness. It is so very true that we all can help our beautiful planet and it's not that complicated. Excellently well done ;-)

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