A while back, I signed up to particpate in Blog Action Day, a movement to help people be more aware of environmental issues. Today is the appointed day to blog about saving the planet! Here are my favorite ways to help:
- Get involved in online campaigns. Together we can make a difference! My favorite sites for activism are Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Care2. All are respectable organizations doing quite a lot to help the earth. And they make it easy by providing online tools and easy ways to donate to their causes.
- Recycle, recycle, recycle! We recycle all we can… junk mail, food packaging, etc. Veggie waste gets thrown into the backyard for plant food, and we avoid using plastic grocery bags by taking cloth bags to the store. Even bread bags get sort of recycled into trash bags for used kitty litter. Here’s a nice post about recycling other stuff.
- Buy a fuel-efficient car. Our new Toyota Matrix gets pretty good mileage for a car of its size… and we do what we can to keep it running at top performance. For more info, see this article from UCS about Saving at the Pump.
Of course, there are more ways to care for the planet but these are the ones I’m particularly fond of. And once you get in the habit, you don’t even need to think about it too much! Comments on your favorite ways to hug a tree are most welcome.