Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22, demonstrating support for environmental stewardship. Here are some ways to recognize and celebrate this year’s event:
Leave the car at home. Since our cars are some of the greatest sources of pollution in our daily lives, it makes sense to start there. There are lots of ways to get to work without driving your car. You can carpool with someone from work, take the Hopkinsville City public transit, or best yet, Book-A-Bike from the Hopkinsville-CC Public Library. Then you’ll be getting healthier right alongside the planet.
Might also plan to participate in this Saturday’s, April 21, Christian County Heart Walk, to be held at West KY State Fair Grounds, registration begins at 8:00am. More information, click here.
Clean it up. That is, litter in your community. Many groups use the weekend of Earth Day to clear roadways, highways and neighborhood streets of litter that has accumulated since the last clean-up day. Contact Robin Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-348-5881 and let her help you organize a trash pickup day and give you some Cash for Trash. It’s a wonderful community project that you can do as an individual or with a group.
Or, join the Beautification Commission on Saturday morning, April 21 (weather permitting) from 9 AM to 11 AM, as we pick up litter from E. 21st Street and Woodmill Road and work to keep our city Beautiful. We will gather at the rear Chamber parking lot at 9:00am. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather.
Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle. Enough Said.
Conserve Water in Your House. Try adopting these habits: Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your hands, install a low flow water head. These are little things you can do that make a big difference in how much water you use. Plus, conserving water will keep your water bill down.
Pay Online. A time-saver that saves trees. Lots of people have started paying credit card and other bills, and viewing statements online instead of through the mail. It’s faster than writing checks, and you don’t have to store all that paper.
Plant a tree. There’s no time like Earth Day to make your world a little greener. Planting trees, bushes and any plant life at all not only beautifies your home space, it also absorbs some of the CO2 from the air.
Green your home for Earth Day. Been putting off switching your incandescent light bulbs to energy-saving fluorescent or LED bulbs? Well, you’re going to have to do it anyway, with the phasing out of energy-hogging incandescent bulbs. And there’s no time like Earth Day to make that change. Replacing all the bulbs in your house won’t take long, and it’ll save you money on your energy bill since fluorescent and LED bulbs are a lot more efficient than standard light bulbs.
Engage your Students this Earth Day. Might we suggest, gather up the kids and read aloud “The Lorax.” Brainstorm a list of ways in which kids could save on energy, reduce litter & waste, and ways in which we can leave our community a healthier place. As a bonus, discover the Jeffers Bend Environmental Center now, or next time there’s an event, like The Water Festival scheduled for May 10, Take Kids Fishing Day scheduled for May 26 or Nature Fest in September. Go for a long walk on the city’s Greenway System and use the time to appreciate nature.
And, the best way to celebrate Earth Day . . . is to extend the celebration. It’s great to do something nice for the environment on Earth Day. It’s even better to keep it going after Earth Day has passed.
So if you commemorate Earth Day by planting a tree, try making it a yearly tradition. Make it a habit to conserve water in small ways, like only running the washer or the dishwasher when there’s a full load. Once you replace your light bulbs, remember to turn them off when you leave the room. See if you can get a car pool together for work. And if you find you like volunteering on Earth Day, who knows — maybe you’ll like volunteering for the environment once a month. The Earth will thank you for it, and Earth Day will have done its job.