39 Ways to Celebrate 39 Years of Earth Day

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Nearly four decades ago, Americans stood up to protect human health and the environment.

And what started with some 20 million Americans 39 year ago, will engage more than a billion people across the globe tomorrow.

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. Founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 to bring awareness to how humans are impacting the environment in which they lived.

Today, the burgeoning GREEN movement offers more to Americans than just the next great economic opportunity for us to prosperas a nation: It is the best opportunity for us to"pay it forward" to the future generations of inhabitants on our planet.

Without further ado, here is a simple list of 39 ways (one for every year) that you can help keep the green movement going, and to help sustain our planetary ecosystem for future generations:

  1. Plant a tree
  2. Build a bird house
  3. Park the car
  4. Read the label
  5. Let the grass grow another day
  6. Reduce waste
  7. Re-use products
  8. Recycle materials
  9. Tell-a-friend
  10. Drink tap water (filtered)
  11. Pick up litter
  12. Read about conservation
  13. Write about healthy living
  15. Use a laptop, not a desktop
  16. Exercise often
  17. Start a backyard garden
  18. Buy natural products
  19. Teach children smart habits
  20. Wear green!
  21. Buy a carbon offset
  22. Keep vehicle properly maintained
  23. Ride your bike, or carpool
  24. Embrace healthy change
  25. GO SOLAR!
  26. Support local business
  27. Launder in cold water
  28. Buy used when feasible
  29. Turn off the lights
  30. Keep air in your tires
  31. Open a window
  32. SMILE!
  33. Stop smoking
  34. Organize an Earth Day event
  35. Make a donation
  36. Tell your local home builder
  37. Join a community group
  38. Go paperless if possible

Have more green living, Happy Earth Day ideas? Want to help do your part right now?

Just post a comment with how you and your family will celebrate Earth Day 2009, and I will add them to this list! Do you think we can get our list to 100? Let's see...

Comments (7)

Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Oh, such a good list!     Thank you for sharing, and I hope everyone reads this.

Apr 21, 2009 04:04 AM
Lance Sonka
New Homes Sales - Huffman, TX

Thank you Li for reading and commenting. Earth Day is tomorrow, Happy Greening!

Apr 21, 2009 04:54 AM
Cristal Drake
Prudential California Realty - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate

Lance, thanks for your comment on my blog. I love your list!!!!!!!! I didn't realize that it was the 39th anniversary and I love that you came up with 39 ways! You are awewome!!!!!!!!

Apr 21, 2009 10:15 AM
Lance Sonka
New Homes Sales - Huffman, TX

Cristal, thank you for your kind words... please share how your car-less workday Earth Day goes!

Apr 21, 2009 02:29 PM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Some stores are giving away earth day products too.  Got a CFL light bulb from Home Depot.

Apr 21, 2009 04:57 PM
Lance Sonka
New Homes Sales - Huffman, TX

Cindy thanks for the participating, and the tip...

Apr 22, 2009 01:58 AM
Ryan Ozonian
Dana Point, CA

Lance, great list here. For all of those who want more info on the items that apply to going green in your home you may want to check out this feature. http://www.cyberhomes.com/content/going-green.aspx

Jul 29, 2009 09:09 AM