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Earth Day!!

Posted on April 22, 2020 at 11:05 AM by Tiffany Miller

Happy Earth Day!!!

Today is Earth Day and it's time to celebrate. Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, and Earth Day occurs every April 22. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the holiday. Earth Day is now a global celebration that's sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full week focused in green living. This day holds a very special place in my heart, and I try to do my part everyday. 

Did you know that every single piece of plastic that was every made still exits today?? We have millions of micro plastics that are floating in our oceans hurting the wildlife. Trash blows in the wind everywhere we go and is in our yards and streets. It can seem overwhelming to feel like you can do anything about it so why even bother. That is false, there is so many amazing little things you can do to help. We can make a difference and change things for our future generations. Here are a few things that I do that you can also do that will make a big impact for our earth.

Take your own Reusable Straw:
Over 50,000 single use straws are used everyday and thrown away. They hurt our wildlife and end up everywhere. Taking your own reusable straw places not only helps the environment, but also helps the stop the use of single uses straws. I got mine from a company call Final Straw. They invented a great travel size straw that easy to take with you everywhere you go. Go check them out.
https://final.co/products/finalstraw?campaign=1698049413&adgroup=65016548063&loc=9024070&kw=final straw&gclid=CjwKCAjw1v_0BRAkEiwALFkj5mKFGC7r75r1aL_zkRQSEXa1n7nKDbRZI2IeVGEKnQyr3QdWsGe3IRoCO8kQAvD_BwE

Stop Using Single Use Items:
I know that this one can be hard especially since it the most convenient, but it's super easy to take your own silverware or reusable napkin with you. They have great bamboo or silverware utensil kits and having your own fun napkin can be fun and stylish. 

Walk or Bike:
Going on walks or riding your bike to work really makes a huge impact for our planet. It also helps keep you in shape. Taking your family on a bike ride is a fun and easy way to stay active, but also teach them how important it is to do their part too. 

Pick up Trash:
I have never been on a walk were I didn't see some short of trash floating around. It really breaks my heart. I use to be a Outdoor Educator and the one thing that we taught our students was if they see trash,  pick it up. It's not good for our wildlife or our trails. It's something that I still do even today. You will even see me pick up trash at our National Parks. Nothing bothers me more than to see trash all over the place. It doesn't take much to make sure it's in a trash can. If you are on a walk, take a trash bag with you and pick up the trash that you see. It will make the streets cleaner and look a lot better.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
This one is super easy to get into. You can reduce waste by having your own silverware or going on walks to work. Reusing a water bottle that you can take with you everywhere or cloths. Thrift stores are a great way to find what you need at a cheaper cost. Recycle is a important way to keep waste down. You can recycle items for your home. I love that Emporia takes recycling every two weeks. Talk to you kids and see how they can get involved to reduce, reuse, and recycle. You might be surprised at what they come up with.

Things at Home:
There are easy things you can do even in your own home. Make sure all your lights are turned off when you leave the room. That will save electricity. You can even change your light bulbs to more energy efficient that will save you in the long run. Turn off water when brushing your teeth or take showers instead of baths. We waste so much water every day. By turning off the water we are saving gallons on water. You can make a compost for your home as well. Taking items like egg shells, veggie scraps, coffee grounds and fruit peels and placing them in a bucket with dirt will help break them down and make great dirt for a garden full of nutrients. I have had one for three years now and use it every year. Everything in my garden grows so much better with those nutrients from the dirt. Plus it's fun!!

There are so many amazing way to do our parts to make our planet great. It's so important to be mindful and educate ourselves on these things. It's our jobs to take care of our planet and it can be fun too. Kids love to help and love to get involved. They are already making big impacts to save our planet all over the world because they care. I challenge you to talk with your kids about earth Day and the little changes you can make to make a big impact. It's just like what the Lorax taught us, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better it's not!!" Have a great Earth Day everyone!! 
Tiffany
Program Supervisor





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