Happy Earth Day, Everyone! Created over 40 years ago, with over 20 million people participating, Earth Day helped inspire the launch of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This lead to a string of new laws in the coming years, such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Previously, there were no restrictions on what you could dump into rivers, lakes, and oceans, how much pollution you could create, and environmental restrictions for businesses were non-existent.
Today in honor of Earth Day, think about the small lifestyle changes you can make each day to help keep our Earth clean and intact. Click ahead to see what you can do to help!
It doesn't take much to make a difference. Tiny acts, by millions of people, makes a large impact on our Earth. Get a pen and pad out and start brainstorming! Here's a list to get you started:
Ride a bicycle, a bus or walk to work, the store, a friend's house or wherever you're headed.
Make sure you have a recycle bin next to your garbage can and start using a compost pile.
Different cities have different recycling programs. Contact your local officials to make sure you are utilizing all of your recycling options.
Use biodegradable products.
Purchase energy efficient light sources such as Fluorescent light bulbs and LED lights.
Grow your own vegetable garden.
Use tote bags at the grocery store instead of plastic bags.
Turn the lights off when you leave a room.