Earth Day – Do One Thing
In the spirit of Earth Day we encourage everyone to DOT; Do One Thing that will make a difference to our Planet Earth.
Our natural resources are under constraint, and the waste we produce is far outweighing our rate of proper disposal.
We challenge you to choose one activity per person/ student/ colleague/ school/ institution, and commit to that venture of helping save our planet.
We at Lifestyle Home Garden are building a tree to celebrate Earth Day- our tree is made up of “leaves” which are pieces of paper with one DOT written on each. As our employees commit to Doing One Thing, they write their chosen activity on a piece of paper, it joins the other leaves and so we build our tree…
Below is a list of activities you can do to make a small change towards a very different future:
- Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to protect our Species.
- Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to end plastic pollution.
- Reduce your carbon footprint by buying less plastic and using less fuel.
- Plant a tree or donate a tree.
- Join a local park, river or beach clean-up.
- Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.
- Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient LEDs. Reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year.
- Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. Reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive.
- Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.
- Recycle plastic, glass and paper. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year.
- Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. When you need something, consider buying used items.
- Use cloth towels instead of paper ones.
- Read documents online instead of printing them.
- Set your office printer to print two-sided.
- Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle.
- Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria.
- Pledge to make Eco-bricks for local projects. Click |HERE| to watch the how-to video.
- Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee. BPA free water bottles are available widely.
- Bring re-usable bags when you shop.
- Pack your lunch in a reusable bag.
- Organize to have healthy, locally-sourced food served at in your school district.
- Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm-share group.
- Reduce your meat consumption to curb carbon emissions from the livestock industry.
- Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden — turning waste into fertiliser.
- Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.
- Fix leaky faucets and shower-heads.
- Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy.
- Conserve water outdoors by only watering your lawn in the early morning or late at night. Use drought-resistant plants in dry areas.
- Wash your clothes only when necessary, use cold water and line dry.
- Form a “green team” at your office to find cost-effective ways to conserve resources and promote sustainability.
- Volunteer for a local environmental group and/or make a donation.
- Pull out invasive plants in your yard or garden and replace them with indigenous ones.
- Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using. This includes turning off your computer at night.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Install solar panels on your roof.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (and get exercise!).
- Use energy-efficient appliances and electronics.
For some fabulous ideas for teens and schools to get involved, click |HERE|.
And for more information on this years Earth Day theme and for a host of other ideas and resources, click on the Earthday web page |HERE|.
Follow this initiative on Instagram by looking for the hashtag #Earthday2019 and #DOTcampaign2019 or use them yourselves to show your participation in this global awareness campaign.