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Celebrate Earth Day!

Posted on Friday, April 19th, 2013 at 2:22 pm
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Earth Day TreeEach year, on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day. This annual holiday was started in the United States as a day to practice and recognize environmental protection efforts. Since then, several other nations have adopted the holiday with some communities extending Earth Day activities throughout the entire week. Here are some fun and frugal ways to get in the spirit of Earth Day:

Plant a Tree

Planting a tree is a classic way to celebrate Earth Day. Whether you put one in your very own yard, or work with a community organization to plat some in a nearby park, you’ll be doing the environment and your community quite a favor! In addition to releasing oxygen and cleaning polluted air, trees offer shade for outdoor activities, provide a home for wildlife, and can even increase your property values! Better yet, if your front and back yards have plenty of trees, they can keep your house cooler resulting in lower air conditioning costs!

Ride Your Bike

One great way to show the Earth some appreciation is to leave the car in the garage. If you live close enough to work, take your bike to work. You may have to leave a bit earlier, but you’ll be doing the environment a favor. Plus, you’ll fit some exercise into your busy schedule! If you can’t ride your bike to work, go for a nice ride at the end of the day and enjoy the sunset.

Recycle

Recycling is something you should do all year with smaller items like cans or bottles. However, bigger items like unused electronics or furniture should also be recycled. Use Earth Day as an excuse to go through your house and get rid of things you don’t need anymore. If anything is still able to be used, donate them to a local charity or hold a garage sale. For any electronics that don’t work anymore, look for a location near you that recycles electronics. Best Buy is a great option!

Pick Up Litter

This may not sound like the most fun activity, but you’ll be doing your part to improve the environment, and your community. Many cities hold community-wide clean-up days in parks or along busy streets. If you live near the coast, you can usually find a coastal clean-up day to help keep the oceans clean and safe for underwater wildlife.

Make a Bird House

This would make an especially fun activity for kids. You can buy pre-built bird houses at just about any craft or hardware store. Just remember to bring your Earth-friendly reusable bag! If you are handy, you can cut out the pieces from recycled wood and build your very own! Then, just decorate with non-toxic paints and you’ll have a beautiful destination home for your neighborhood birds! You can also buy pre-made bird feeders to attract hummingbirds or other birds to your yard.

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