Thursday Forecast: Earth Day

Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has created the "Pick 5 for the Environment" campaign - choose five actions that can change your impact on the world. Here are a few things you can do tomorrow (and beyond) that help reduce our mark on the planet.

1. Walk, jog, take a bus, subway, bike or carpool to work. Even just for tomorrow. Or once a week. Do what you can.
2. Make a pledge to turn off all the lights in your house when you leave. 
3. Donate to assist environmental awareness acts across the globe.
4. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
5. Recycle, recycle, recycle!
6. Switch to green cleaning products, which stop the release of chemicals into the air and our shared water systems. Better yet, make your own.
7. Plant a tree. 
8. Don't have a yard? Join the Arbor Day movement, and as a gift for your membership choose to have 10 trees planted in a forest in need. 
9. Stop littering! Just this simple act can make a huge difference.
10. In fact, hold that piece of trash! Can you recycle it? Can you reuse part of it?
11. Fill up one side of the sink with water and wash the dishes, tub-style. (Did you know washing the dishes by hand - the conventional way - actually often uses more water than a dishwashing machine?)
12. Bring a reusable bag to the supermarket or pharmacy. The less plastic and paper waste, the better!
13. Watch the thermostat. Each degree lower (winter)/higher (summer) you keep your temperature at saves 5% off your bill.
14. Work by natural light.
15. When you're at a restaurant, refuse a water refill if you don't need it. 

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