April 22, 2010 is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, "The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote the ideas of ecology, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. "
How can you do your part to protect our planet? You can start by taking real steps to reduce your carbon footprint today. Not sure what exactly a carbon footprint is?
According the www.carbonfootprint.com, "A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc. "
Here are 5 simple things you can do to get started today:
1. Change your light bulbs. You can reduce your carbon footprint by 5,000 pounds over the life of the bulbs, simply by replacing 3 incandescent light bulbs with 3 compact fluorescent light bulbs.
2. Use rechargeable batteries. You can reduce your carbon footprint by 1,000 pounds over the life of the batteries.
3. Buy local. Make a commitment to shop your local farmers markets. By buying locally produced goods and services, you can eliminate thousands of pounds of carbon by stopping massive fossil-fuel-reliant transportation demands.
4. Inflate your tires. It's a fact that you get better gas mileage when the tires are fully inflated, so it will burn less gas and emit less carbon. You can save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide for every 10,000 miles you drive.
5. Recycle. Recycling uses less energy and produces less pollution than making new items.
Start small, but start now. The possibilities are many and every little bit counts. For an extensive list of way you can make a difference, go to www.carbonfootprint.com.
Want to know what your household carbon footprint is, click here.