By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian
This Saturday is Earth Day, a great day to spend outdoors enjoying the nature surrounding us. It’s also a good day to re-commit to helping preserve and protect our environment. There are lots of ways to help the environment and Earth Day is a good time to try out some new ones.
- Plant a vegetable garden in your yard.
- Help out at the community garden in your neighborhood.
- Build or buy a compost bin to compost all the food waste in your house rather than throwing it into the trash.
- Donate old clothing and books rather than throwing them in the trash bin.
- Commit to buying and consuming less in general.
One way I have been trying to help the environment is by lowering my carbon footprint. I have been driving a fully electric car for over two years now and I love it. I’ve had no problems with it at all, aside from a short range. My car can go 80 miles on one charge, which can be a problem for long drives. However, like all new technology, the more people buy and invest in electric vehicles, the better they will get. That means more affordable prices and longer ranges. Even with a short range I can still drive my car most places because there are charging stations located at many locations including malls and parking garages.
Another way to lower your carbon footprint is to invest in solar panels or solar roofing. I’m considering solar panels for my own home and there are a lot of things to consider with solar energy. A big factor, of course, is how much sun your home gets. Even with moderate sun there may be ways to make solar energy a reality at your house. My house is covered with shade from giant, old pine trees. I love those trees! Now I just need to figure out whether solar is an option for my house, or whether it would be more environmentally friendly to simply use the heat and air conditioning less often to save energy.
There are plenty of ways to help planet Earth. Spending time outside enjoying the sun will remind you how important it is to do what we can to reduce our impact on the planet. So, get outside and enjoy this big, beautiful world!Tags: alternative energy, April Holidays, Earth Day, environment, garden, Kate Easley, kids