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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!
By Kari Strenfel April 20, 2018 1313 Views No comments

Earth Day is the World’s Largest Environmental Movement. This year it lands on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018. Should be no problem getting out to help the environment on a weekend! (Less work excuses!)

Every year on Earth Day we encourage people to get their family, friends, and coworkers involved by organizing a group to clean a beach or local park. But hey, if you can’t get anyone to join you, you can always just go for a walk to a park and pick up trash. You’ll feel great knowing you are doing something helpful for the environment. Comment below on how you plan to celebrate this year! Or post your photos on the AcuRite Facebook page!

The Earth Day Network has proclaimed the goal this year is to bring awareness to end plastic pollution. They have many resources for learning how to end plastic pollution for individuals, organizations, and educators. The resources for educators includes a Climate Education Toolkit for K – 12 students, as well as various tools for students in colleges and universities including a tool to Calculate your Plastic Pollution Footprint.

Not only on Earth Day, but everyday, we need to think about the amount of unnecessary plastic we consume. How many plastic bottles do you use a day? A week? How often to you use a plastic straw at a restaurant? Although it is small, it too will end up in a landfill. Reduce your daily plastic waste by upgrading to a BPA-free reusable water bottle and say no to straws or other plastic-ware while out and about.

Since my family is traveling for Earth Day this year, we decided to cleanup a canal trail near our house. It's a trail I often use running and walking, so we brought some trash bags with us this time and found a lot of litter to clean up. It's amazing what you can find when you're looking for it. There's this great spot where two canals meet, which the birds love to hangout and must find some good food! We realized people must often feed the ducks from the bridge, because there were lots of those bread-bag clips littered on and near the bridge.

Don’t forget! April is a great time to give the environment some love. Next up is National Arbor Day on April 27th , so start planning where you’ll plant a tree that day: a field trip with school or work, a community gathering at a local park, or just in your yard with your family.