Make a Difference this Earth Month

April 22nd is Earth day, so we're making April Earth month! Here are some ideas to help protect our Earth's precious resources:

Water
1. Use only the water you need, turn off that faucet!
2. Help keep water clean by using biodegradable and environmentally friendly cleaning products. We all live downstream
3. Dispose of solid and liquid wastes and medications safely
4. Protect your local water source from pollutants, excess pesticides and garbage

Air
1. Use human powered modes of transportation to get from place to place. Moonwalk, run, ride your unicycle, the choices are endless!
2. Take public transportation, carpool, plan your day to reduce trips and vehicle emissions
4. Buy locally, or grow your own! Reduce air pollution caused by food and goods transport
5. Reduce your potential for exposure to mercury
6. Plant trees! They provide us with the clean oxygen we need to survive

Land
1. Reduce or eliminate your pesticide usage
2. Composting- it reduces your trash and benefits your garden
3. 'Greenscaping'!
4. Plant native species in your gardens, encourage important pollinators such as bees and birds by planting gardens full of their favorite plants

Energy
1. Look for Energy Star
2. Create your own power from wind, the sun, water, biofuels, hamster wheels, you name it!
3. Think about how you can reduce the use of diesel and other fuels for transportation
4. Research or contact your local power provider, tell them you want renewables!

Waste
1. Reduce. Cut back on the amount of 'stuff' that could later end up as waste.
2. Reuse. Upcycle! Take something that is disposable and transform it into something of greater use and value.
3. Recycle metals, plastics and paper.
4. E-cycle: dispose of your electronics properly
5. This may sound obvious, but DON'T LITTER!
6. Choose items with less packaging, and bring your own bag to the market

Advocate!
- Participate in a local environmental festival or event. Find your local Waterkeeper!
- Organize your own event! Clean up a park, watershed, or your neighborhood (and send us your photos!)
- Get people excited about recycling, maybe start a competition at work!
- Share your commitment with us on Facebook

www.facebook.com/WKASaveOurGulf

or Twitter @SaveOurGulf
- Educate your community
- Raise Awareness! Talk to the powers that be about environmental issues in your community and across the globe

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