Forty-three years ago, a group of leaders came together to discuss the environmental problems that had been plaguing the planet since the industrial revolution. Pollution of air and water had become major issues that were effecting the day-to-day lives of people all over the world. In order to raise awareness for the issues caused by consumer culture, a simple idea was formed: Earth Day.
The international celebration looks at sustainability worldwide, and while each country and region might be fighting a slightly different battle, everyone has the end goal of preserving the Earth that we live on for future generations of humans.
Here in the United States, there are dozens – if not hundreds – of ways to celebrate this holiday. From cleaning out your cabinets and making the decision to banish chemical cleaners in your kitchen, to taking a look at your electric bill doing what you can to cut it down, you can make changes both inside and outside of your house that create a real difference in the environment.
Using compact florescent light bulbs instead of the traditional incandescent kind is a surefire way to lower the monthly cost and environmental impact associated with brightening your house every day.
But there are other ways to make a difference as well. For instance, if you live in a large house, it might be expensive and unnecessary to heat the entire thing. A number of people have been able to reduce their carbon footprint by turning their thermostat down, and using an electric heater instead. Not only will this save you money, but since it uses less energy, it will shrink your carbon footprint as well.
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