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Monday, March 22, 2010

Get Ready for Earth Day 2010

Earth Day is on Thursday, April 22 this year, one month from today. Do you plan to do anything to celebrate? There are many events including festivals, rallies, environmental workshops, and more scheduled for that day, and the weekends on either side of April 22.

If attending an event isn't your cup of tea, here are 21 ways you might honor the Earth on Earth Day:

  1. plant a native tree, shrub, or some perennials, especially those that attract birds and butterflies
  2. start a compost pile 
  3. install a rain barrel to catch rainwater run off
  4. plan a meal entirely from scratch with organic and/or locally grown  foods
  5. bake whole grain bread
  6. plan a day of meatless meals
  7. take the bus or train instead of driving
  8. ride your bike or walk instead of taking a cab, bus or subway
  9. climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator
  10. resist making a purchase of a non-essential
  11. clean up litter from your street, a park, the banks of a stream or river
  12. take your own travel mug to have filled at the take-out coffee shop
  13. use a coffee mug instead of a styro cup at work
  14. take your lunch in reusable containers instead of buying fast food in throw-away containers
  15. use a cloth napkin instead of a paper one
  16. use rags and sponges instead of paper towels
  17. use a home made cleaning product instead of caustic chemicals
  18. be mindful of the amount of water you are using
  19. email your legislators and ask them to advocate for clean air and water; the reduction of carbon emissions; protection of small farms; safety of our food supply and other environmental issues
  20. visit a nature center
  21. donate to an environmental organization whose work you believe in
Do you have plans for Earth Day 2010. Please share.


  1. What a great list. I try to do plenty of these already...but there are plenty I can pay extra special attention to on Earth Day...or before then. I think it would do me good to print this list and post in a place I see it often! Thanks!!! :)

  2. Hi Amber, thanks for your nice comments...let me know if you are able to accomplish any of these Earth Day tasks!!!