Earth Day squirrel on tree

Tips to Go Green

By Katelyn Hawkes
Blog Content Contributor

Happy Earth Day everyone! To honor this beautiful planet accordingly, I will give you a brief history of Earth Day and some easy tips to go green!

Earth Day squirrel on tree
A squirrel climbs a tree on Earth Day. Photo by Dylan Lochridge-Fletcher

Earth day began in 1970, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson. Twenty million americans, including students at many universities rallied and protested against the environmental damage we are producing. This led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which enforces regulations to protect human health and the environment. Twenty years later in 1990, Earth Day went global, expanding to 141 countries and gave a boost to worldwide recycling efforts.
Check out the more detailed history on the Earth Day Network website.

There are many things you can do besides recycling that will positively impact our planet. Check out my list below.

Tips to Go Green all year round:

1. Turn off the lights when not in use or you leave the room.

2. Do your laundry in cold water.

3. Unplug all electricals when not in use.

4. Pay your bills online.

5. Use reusable bags when shopping.

6. Don’t preheat the oven.

7. Use your cruise control for 15% better mileage.

8. Go meatless on Mondays.

9. Donate gently used clothes instead of throwing them away.

10. Plant a garden or tree.

For more tips, check out this huge list to go green.

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