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  • Earth Day 2017: How to Help the Earth

    Earth Day 2017

    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 plumbing!

    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 electricity.

    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 greenhouse gases!

    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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