Happy Earth Day to our Beloved Planet
Earth is our home sweet home! What would we do without our world? Today is the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day. This day is the official reminder to us that we need to protect our planet from further damage and make every effort you can to clean it up!
Our The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub club’s motto is Small Paws United Can Make a Big Difference™ so when I saw the call to action for Earth Day, 2012 with the motto Small Acts Can Make a Big Difference it caught my eye.
A Billion Acts of Green!
Today the Earth Day Network is calling for A Billion Acts of Green! A billion is a super big number of acts, but as we know from uniting our paws her in our own community every small paw can make a big difference. So if each and every one of us makes just one small change in our own habitats, these small changes will add up to make a big difference.
Every Small Act Can Make a Big Difference!
Bad Kitty and I made a list of small changes that can make a big difference.
1) Stop buying bottled water! Americans consume 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water every year. 40% of that bottled water is taken from municipal water sources, a.k.a. tap water. It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic water bottles every year and that is enough fuel for 1 million cars for a year. Only 1 in 5 water bottles are recycled. and these bottle contribute 3 billion pounds of waste in our landfills
2) Change to CFL bulbs from fluorescent light bulbs- they have improved significantly and CFLs, when compared with standard incandescent bulbs help save energy and money. They use 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs, and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 60-watt incandescent with a 13-watt CFL can save you at least $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. Second, CFLs offer convenience, because they last longer, and come in different sizes and shapes to fit almost any fixture. In addition, CFLs produce about 70% less heat than standard incandescent bulbs, so they’re safer to operate and can help cut energy costs associated with home cooling.
3) Eliminate using pesticides and toxic cleaning products. The bees and bugs need our help. Let your lawn be colorful with sunny faced dandelions! You and your pets will be safer and healthier, not to mention our outdoor friends, like Bossy Backyard Blue Jay.
4) Take reusable canvas bags to the store! Plastic bags and packaging are responsible for a large portion of our waste in landfills. Plastic bags are also one of the most frequent products found littering our beaches, roads, sidewalks and vegetation. And these pesky plastic bags are made from a non-renewable source called petroleum.