Earth Day Mission: To Save Paradise

“Don’t It Always Seem To Go That We Don’t Know What We Got Til It’s Gone They Pave Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot.” Joni MitchellApril 22 is the day we renew our commitment to Earth which we should actually be doing everyday. Below is a list of little things (downloading from a WWF-affiliated blog) which we can do for one day to alleviate the pressures we put on our ailing Mother the rest of the year. Heck, try them for at least 20 days so that they can become a habit, an earth-changing lifestyle.

Don’t leave the water running. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or washing the car. Fresh water is one of our most precious natural resources.

Flick off the light when you leave the room. Power plants burn fuels to create energy for your light bulb. Burning fuel makes carbon dioxide that adds to global warming. The less energy you use the less they need to make, and you’ll save on your energy bill. Makes cents (pun instead).

Print on both sides of the page at work. It’s easy to change your printer settings – you’ll use half the paper and save trees.

Wash your clothes in warm or cold water. It works just as well as hot in your washing machine and cuts back on energy use.

Bring in a glass to keep at work instead of using the paper ones by the water cooler. Did you know that Starbucks will give you a P5 discount if you use a mug instead of their disposable cups?

For every soft-drink bottle recycled, enough energy is conserved to run a television set for an hour and and a half.

Use the right settings on your appliances. Many appliances, like your dishwasher and refrigerator, come with energy-saving settings. Make sure they’re turned on.

Turn off your computer at the end of the day. A monitor left on overnight uses enough energy to print 5,300 copies.

Look at the labels. Take the paper items with the “recycled” emblem over the ones without. Look for the Energy Star symbol when buying new appliances.

Take public transportation whenever possible.

Eat organic, if possible, from your garden. If you don’t have a garden, start one.

Don’t eat sharksfin, Chilean seabass, any reef fish, fish balls (contains shark meat), turtle soup, turtle eggs, dolphin, dugong, Philippine Eagle, Tarsier, Tamaraw, Philippine crocodile, and spread the word.

Try to go vegetarian for one entire day.

Here’s a fun one: go to Youtube and watch Will Ferrel do George Bush on Global Warming

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

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