Planetary Ecology tips – Happy Earth Day 2011!

Many of the following tips were sent to me by ‘The Healing Gypsy’ and Natural Wellness Coach Katherine Tsoulas. I’ve added numbers 26-30.

Happy Earth Day 2011, Everyone!

As we head into Spring 2011 it is important to remember PLANET ECOLOGY in all that we do. Here are some tips to save MOTHER EARTH and her precious resources:

1. Lower your thermostat.

2. Reuse your water bottle. Avoid buying bottled water. In fact, reuse everything at least once, especially plastics. eg, a Poland Spring jug is a great terrarium to grow seeds in!

3. Check out your bathroom. Use low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets.

4. Start a compost in your back yard or on your rooftop.

5. Buy foods locally. Check out Eat Local Challenge and FoodRoutes to get started. Buy locally made products and locally produced services.

6. Buy in season.

7. Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. You’ll find more on energy-efficient products and practices at Energy Star.

8. Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use (especially overnight).

9. Recycle your newspapers.

10. Car pool. Connect with other commuters at eRideShare.

11. Consider a car sharing service like Zipcar.

12. Ride a bike. Consider participating in Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Great Maine Bike Swap Saturday, May 1 in Orono (Student Recreation and Fitness Center on U Maine campus).

13. Walk, jog, or run.

14. Go to your local library instead of buying new books.

15. At holidays and birthdays, give your family and friends the gift of saving the Earth. Donate to their favorite environmental group, foundation, or organization.

16. Stop unwanted paper junk mail, e-mail and telephone marketing calls.

17. Buy products that use recyclable materials whenever possible.

18. If you use plastic grocery bags, recycle them for doggie poop bags or for small trashcan liners.

19. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a choice between plastic and paper, opt for paper.

20. Buy locally. Find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food near you at Local Harvest.

21. Consider switching to natural cleaning products like vinegar, borax, and baking soda.
http://housekeeping.about.com/cs/environment/a/alternateclean.htm

22. If you have a baby, consider using cloth diapers. To sign up for a diaper service to do the dirty work, check out the National Association of Diaper Services.
Consider participating in Saturday’s Great Cloth Diaper Change.

23. Turn OFF the water when you brush your teeth.

24. Plant a tree, a bush or flowers!

25. GROW your own organic veggies if you can. Consider joining Kitchen Gardeners International. If you only have little bit of space, get started with some of the resources included at World Food Garden.

26. Buy from a local CSA or shop at local farmers markets.

Resources for Sustainable Eating/Optimal Nutrititon

27. Consider switching to a vegan diet. You’ll save vast amounts of water and substantially reduce your carbon footprint.

28. Make your vehicle more fuel efficient.

29. Watch the Locavore movie trailer or get the DVD and share it at your local library or host a free public showing. (Love the ditty sung at the end of this movie trailer!)
Locavore is an inspiring new documentary about the inevitable return to the local diet. Less than a generation ago human beings worldwide traveled less than 10 miles to obtain the majority of the food they ate. Today the average conventionally grown vegetable has traveled more than 1500 miles by the time it has reached your pantry. Our food today is over processed, stale, and lacks nutrition. This new film, featuring some of the neo-pioneers of the Locavore movement will educate, inspire, and revitalize bringing health to our bodies AND our communities.

30. Air-dry laundry on a clothesline or drying racks.

Keep energized
and
Enjoy Spring’s sweet flower gifts and the many abundant opportunities for physical, mental and spiritual renewal that are afoot!

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~ by charl7 on April 22, 2011.

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