celebrate your mama

April 22 is Earth Day. It’s time to do something for your mama. (See also last month’s post about this very topic.)

I just came across a flier I handed out last year while selling Barefoot Books at a farmers market. I signed up to become a “Friend of Live Earth,” and created handy cards on recycled paper to share what I hope was useful information for residents of Indianapolis and surrounding areas. Here are the tips I shared last year. They still mean as much now as they did then. Share them with your kids. These are easy enough for even the kids to get excited about.

10 THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW:

* Use compact fluorescent bulbs to save energy.

* UNPLUG appliances when not in use. Surprisingly, just turning them OFF doesn’t mean they aren’t using electricity-they still are.

* Pay your bills online.

* Take a shower instead of a bath.

* Wash your clothes in cold or warm-never HOT.

* Grow your own food. Try starting your own herb garden or take a stab at growing tomatoes.

* Buy less stuff.

* RECYCLE! (Paper, plastic, aluminum, batteries, cell phones, etc.)

* Carpool

* Plant a tree. Make it a fun family event. Watch the tree grow as your family grows.

* Ride your bike to work or school.

* STOP USING PLASTIC BAGS!

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Each year, an estimated 500 BILLION to 1 TRILLION plastic bags are consumed worldwide. Hundred of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.

Join the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots campaign to promote the use of reusable bags today!

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For more eco-friendly tips, check out some of my favorite sites!

1 Bag At A Time

Live Earth

Jane Goodall Institute

Planet Green

For Indy residents, check out these helpful links:

Where to toss out toxic household items

Where to drop off recyclables

How to get your recyclables picked up at curbside

How to start your own backyard composting program

Green Piece Indy

Happy day, Mother Earth. May the citizens of the world be kind to you.

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