Well, you’ve waited until the last minute to get on board, but there is still one day left for you to join in on the Earth Day celebration. All week long people around the world have been renewing their pledge to help the planet. Even the U.N. was able to pull together leaders from several nations, who all finally signed that agreement that they were hammering out in Paris several months ago (see attached video for more info). If that can happen, then surly you can make a few tweaks here and there, and make your own existence a bit greener. To get you on your way, here are ten ways to start that green life hack you’ve been thinking about.
1. This weekend all Armstrong Garden Centers will be hosting a ladybug weekend. As part of this event there will be a Sunday class, at 10:00 am, on Organic Gardening. All attendees will receive a 10% coupon, as well as a free pack of ladybugs (with purchase, and while supplies last). In case you don’t know, ladybugs are a great way to rid your yard of harmful pest, like aphids, without having to use harmful pesticides. Check it out early though, as those ladybugs go fast!
2. Test drive a Mini this weekend, and they’ll donate to Help Feed America. By helping to ensure healthy food is given to families in need, we can cut down on childhood and adult illnesses alike. Without having to take strong medication, individuals cut down on their carbon footprint more than you might think.
3. If you’re looking for a way to dive in, and maybe even get your hands dirty, then check out the list of environmental science projects currently underway that are seeking volunteer help. There is an ever increasing list of options available on the Citizen Science website, where both kids and adults can find all sorts of way to help out.
4. Help out shelter dogs and cats by donating needed supplies. The Wildomar animal shelter has sent out an urgent call for help in stocking up on detergent. It’s green to help the animals in your area, but you can up the ante by picking an all-natural, organic, or at least dye and perfume free variety. The dogs and cats will be happy you did.
5. Dust off those reusable shopping bags, and renew your efforts to use them.
6. Check out your library for books, and other resources, on way to be green. While the weather isn’t to scorching hot (remember in SoCal that won’t last long) you can set some of the ideas you find, into motion.
7. Fix any leaky faucets, and put one gallon bottles in each bathroom that has a shower/bathtub. Use them to catch the water that would have simply gone down the drain while you wait for the water to warm up. Since the rain wasn’t quite as prolific as we had hoped it would be this winter, every drop you can conserve can only help.
8. Plant a garden, and grow your own organic fruits and veggies. With how our weather has been recently, its’ the perfect time. If you make it into Armstrong, they can even give you some tips on what will work best in your yard.
9. Clean out those closets (or start small, it’s Sunday after all, and pick only one to concentrate on this weekend). Then donate all those unwanted items. You’ll have a more organized life, and your stuff can go to a home that will enjoy them.
10. Invest in doggie bags. No, not the kind that you bring home from a restaurant. I mean the kind you clean up after your dog with. We all love our dogs, and if we keep it clean, then others will love them too. The last thing we need is our waterways getting contaminated from Fido’s mess getting washed into the storm drain. Keep it neat Riverside, and the world will thank you for it.
Happy Earth Week Everyone!