For 45 years, Earth Day has brought communities
and organizations together to advocate for a healthier environment
and sustainable life.
Individuals and families can also do their part.Encourage your family to be good stewards of the earth by
making a few simple changes beginning on Earth Day:
Try a meat-free diet just one day each week.It takes 2500 gallons of water and a dozen pounds of grain to
make one pound of beef for your table, generating more carbon
dioxide than the average car driving 70 miles.
Try to eat “local”.Transporting food thousands of miles leads to a huge carbon
farmer’s market or look in grocery stores for “locally grown” food.
During heating season, lower your thermostat at
home to no more than 68 degrees during the day, and 10-15 degrees
cooler at night.During
cooling season, set your temperature no lower than 72.Install a programmable thermostat.
Take showers instead of baths, and make them
short.An average bath
uses 40-60 gallons of water; an average shower, 17 gallons.A quick “shipboard” shower, less than 5 gallons.
Disposable plastics are made from fossil fuels.Say no to disposable water bottles and drink tap water. Buy a
refillable, washable bottle.More than 150 billion liters of bottled water are sold
worldwide every year, contributing significantly to landfill and
Join an organization to learn more about saving
energy and being good stewards of the earth, such as the Kokomo Area
affiliate of Hoosier Inter-Faith Power and Light.“HIPL” is an inter-denomination association of local faith
congregations working to address the problem of global climate
change, with a primary focus on energy conservation and reducing our
Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:45 PM,
at Christ Lutheran Church.
No matter how little or how much you do for
this day, do something!
Celebrate Earth Day, April 22, 2015!