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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ready for Earth Day?

You have probably been enjoying this beautiful Spring weather as much as I have. It is hard not to love being outside, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery and wildlife. Then again, if you live in an urban area with pollution, smog, and trash littered frequently, you may not be enjoying it as much. No matter where you live, our earth is abused daily and it is taking a toll on us and on every other living thing.

Personally, I love the awareness that comes with celebrating Earth Day each year. I wish we would celebrate Earth Day more than just once a year, because so many wonderful things get done in April that make our planet even more beautiful to live in.

I want to get a little head start on Earth Day this year, and I want to share with you some ways you can get a head start also!

First of all, we need to be aware of what we are responsible for. Don't worry, this is not a guilt trip, but a trip to awareness. You can visit and click on Carbon Calculator to assess what you are doing positively or negatively to impact how many tons of greenhouses gases you are responsible for. You can choose whether to calculate just your own carbon footprint or your entire household's footprint. They tell you how many tons of greenhouse gases you are estimated to be responsible for and how that compares to the US average and the World average. I am glad to say that our household was below the US average, but sadly, we are above the world average. Another nice thing about this site is that it gives you several options for what to do to help offset those emissions. Don't forget to check those out!

Another site I love to help us get a head start is This site has really neat volunteering activities, fun quizes, and great articles on everything from greening your food to greening our schools.

All you bloggers out there, I have another idea for you. Make your blog carbon neutral! I am doing that today and am very excited about it. They are going to plant a tree for my blog and then this blog will be carbon neutral for the next 50 years! How sweet is that? Each little thing we do makes a big difference! If you want to make your blog climate neutral go here:
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In the next couple weeks, I will be writing about more tips on how to live in a more earth-friendly and natural way. So, stay tuned!


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