Earth Day is April 22: Here are 3 effective ways to help the environment

Every year on April 22, we celebrate the Earth. The environmental movement started back in 1970 was created to acknowledge the importance of our climate and how we can protect it.
Earth Day is a great way to raise awareness on climate change and volunteer in your community. Here are three effective ways you can help the environment on Earth Day. 

REDUCE

Be a part of the change. Minimizing the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to the landfill will help sustain the environment for future generations. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions will prevent pollution. Something as simple as riding a bike, walking more and even turning off the lights when you’re not home can help the environment. 

REUSE

Know before you throw. We all know the phrase “One man's trash is another man’s treasure” and by reusing or repurposing clothing, grocery bags and containers – it can help prevent waste. Also, donating unwanted items can help others in need. Volunteering to clean the neighborhood and spread awareness of the climate crisis is not only helping your community but helping the world. 

RECYCLE

Start in your community. Educating students and their parents on the importance of recycling can make a major impact in your community. Recycling natural resources saves energy and even helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries. Recycling can also save you money, such as investing in energy-saving appliances and recycling used items that don’t need to be manufactured. Making a difference in your community is the first step you can take in helping the planet.
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Here are some resources on what you can do to help the environment: