Happy Earth Day Every Day!!
April 22, 2020
A special message from Friends of SLNC Office Manager, Sue Kiernan:
Happy 50th Earth Day!!
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in the United States in 1970, it is now celebrated globally in more than 193 countries!
Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and promote policy change to protect the environment.
The fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the effects of climate change and pollution on our planet become more apparent every day.
What can you do to make a difference?
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three “R’s” to conserve natural resources and landfill space.
- Volunteer. Volunteer for cleanups in your community. You can get involved in protecting your watershed, too. Silver Lake Nature Center hosts a Volunteer Work Day on the first Saturday of most months. Contact SLNC Volunteer Coordinator, Arden Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org for info/registration.
- Educate. When you further your own education, you can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources. Visit Silver Lake Nature Center or any other park, nature preserve or open space and explore or participate in environmental programs.
- Conserve water. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that eventually end up in the ocean.
- Choose sustainable products.
- Shop wisely. Buy less plastic and bring a reusable shopping bag.
- Pack lunch in reusable containers instead of disposable bags. Put your drinks in reusable water bottles.
- Use long-lasting light bulbs. Energy efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Flip the light switch off when you leave the room!
- Plant a tree. Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change. They also help prevent soil erosion.
- Don’t send chemicals into our waterways. Choose non-toxic chemicals and natural cleaners for your home and office.
- Bike or walk more. Drive less.
- Pick it up– when you are out for walks take along a bag to pick up trash along the way
If each of us makes a conscious effort, we can promote change and create a better planet for future generations!
-by Sue Kiernan