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On April 22nd we celebrate the 52nd
Earth Day. The idea for Earth Day was born in 1970, when Gaylord Nelson wanted
to create a national day to focus on the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa
Barbara, California. From there, Earth Day grew into a day to fight for a clean
environment and raise awareness to help keep the earth healthy and clean.
Read on to learn some useful tips on how you can do your
part to help the earth!
Pay attention to how
you use water. Try to monitor how much water your wasting. Take shorter
showers, turn off the water while you brush your teeth, and fix your leaky
Leave your car at
home. Cut down on how often you use your car. If you’re going somewhere
close by, walk there instead of using the car. If you need to use the car, combine
your errands into one trip instead of taking multiple trips. Staying off the
road for two days a week can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of
1,590 pounds per year!
Recycle. Make the
extra effort to throw away soda cans, water bottles, and paper into the
recycling bin instead of the trash. This helps reduce the pollution caused by
the extra waste going into landfills.
Turn off and unplug
appliances. When you leave a room, switch off the light. When you’re done
charging your phone, unplug it from the outlet. Doing these simple things saves
Plant a tree! Trees
have the ability to suck up carbon dioxide, which is one type of greenhouse gas
clogging up the atmosphere. By planting a tree, you’re helping reduce
Get involved. The
Town of Franklin is hosting clean-up efforts starting at Beaver Pond Turf on
April 22nd from 9am-12noon. Community members will be helping clean
the local parks, roads, schools and town greenery!
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