Earth Day was founded on 1969 by John McConnell and Gaylord Nelson and was first celebrated on April 22nd of 1970. Every year earth day is celebrated on the 22nd of April to increase awareness about the Earth, its issues and problems.

I bet you’re asking, “what can I do to show planet Earth that i love it and want to take care of it?” Well, that’s why I’m here. Today, I’m going to show you some tips to go green, protect the planet, and even save some money in the long run.

1.Invest in canvas bags for when you go shopping. You can reuse them every time and it cuts down to the amount of plastic going into landfills or the ocean.

2. Buy a reusable water bottle. According to National Geographic, Americans spend 21.7 Billion Dollars on bottled water in 2011. Save money and the planet by just refilling the same bottle. Want to know a secret? Most bottled water companies just use tap water anyway.

3. Save money on energy bills by washing your clothes in cold water and hanging them out on the line to dry.

4. Conserve water by taking shorter showers.

5. Set you thermostat a little lower in the winter and a little higher during the summer. Blankets were invented for a reason as were swimming pools.

6. For goodness sake, turn off the lights when you leave a room. In fact, try to use electric lights as little as possible. Open up those curtains and let that sun shine in. Since we’re on the topic of electronics, turn off your computer before you go to bed at night. Also, unplug your cellphone chargers when you’re not using them. Believe it or not, electricity is still being used even when the charger isn’t plugged into your phone.

7. Got an old phone that you don’t use anymore? Recycle it. E-waste contains mercury and other toxins and is a growing environmental problem. Turn in your cellphone to a local electronics store and they’ll take care of it for you. You might even be able to get some money in the process. While you’re at it, ride your bike to get there. Ride your bike everywhere or walk. If you don’t absolutely need to take your car, don’t.

8. Lastly, Recycle. Recycle. Recycle. Pop bottles, paper, tin cans. Those blue bins at your school aren’t just there for decoration.

Spring is here and Glendale’s second annual Earth Day celebration is coming up on Sunday, April 15th from 2 to 4 p.m. This fun-filled family event aims to teach attendees how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Join them at the Pacific park, 501 South Pacific Avenue from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday April 15th and bring the family for a day of Eco friendly fun.

Together we can keep the planet clean, safe, and overall more desirable to live on. Happy Earth Day everyone!

 

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