It is a well-known fact that as the world population increases, we face more challenges to keep our environment clean and healthy.¬† As a way to educate people about things they can to do minimize our affects on the environment, Earth Day is celebrated around the world each year on April 22nd. Currently, over 190 countries participate in Earth Day.
Around our local towns and bases, a variety of events are planned in honor of Earth Day. ¬†Some fun activities that you can expect to find are educational sessions aimed at providing ideas and resources to help you learn what you can do to help preserve our environment, musical performances, recycled art projects, and more. Because Earth Day falls on a weekday this year, many locations will be celebrating on the weekend, so be sure to check your local base or community for event dates and locations.
Aside from the planned activities for Earth Day, here are a few things you can do on your own:
- Get out and enjoy nature, regardless of the weather
- Plant a garden, some flowers, or a tree
- If you are not already recycling, check with your local waste management company regarding their recycle policy
- Switch to energy-saving light bulbs
- Install low-flow shower heads
- Switch to reusable totes for grocery shipping (most commissaries sell these at a very reasonable rate)
- Use rechargeable batteries
- If you use bottled water, consider switching to a filtered water system (such as Britta) and use reusable water bottles
- Purchase items marked that they have been produced using recycled materials
For more information about Earth Day and what you can do to help keep our environment clean and healthy, visit www.earthday.org