EARTH DAY 2009!
In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in order to raise environmental awareness across the United States. Today, Earth Day is an event celebrated by people around the globe. An estimated 500 million people worldwide will be observing Earth Day this year!
“No matter when you celebrate Earth Day, its message about the personal responsibility we all share to “think globally and act locally” as environmental stewards of planet Earth has never been more timely or important.
Our planet is in crisis due to global warming, overpopulation, and other critical environmental issues. Every person on Earth shares the responsibility to do as much as they can to preserve the planet’s finite natural resources today and for future generations.”
Take some time today and commemorate our Earth!
For a head start, follow these 10 tips for saving our seas and rivers:
1. Learn all you can. Read, surf the web and experience your local seas and rivers directly.
2. Be a smart shopper. Learn more about the source and quality of your seafood.
3. Conserve water. Be careful when washing your car or watering your lawn. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk.
4. Reduce household pollutants. Cut down and properly dispose of herbicides, pesticides and cleaning products.
5. Reduce waste. Dispose of trash properly. Where possible, recycle, re-use and compost.
6. Reduce automobile pollution. Use fuel efficient vehicles or carpool. Recycle motor oil and repair oil and air conditioning leaks.
7. Protect body of water wildlife. Don’t dispose of fishing lines, nets or plastic items in or near the water.
8. Be considerate of sea life habitats. Don’t feed sea birds, mammals and turtles or disturb their nesting grounds. Support marine protected areas.
9. Get involved. Take part in a beach cleanup or other body of water-oriented activities.
10. Care! Pass on your knowledge!
Thanks to www.outlook.noaa.gov/earthday/ for all the great tips!