Earth Day Deficit Plan Addresses Overspending Nature’s Budget

The American Budget is not the only one overspent and in need of a deficit plan.  We are using far many more resources than the Earth can provide.  For starters, we are eating too much, wasting too much, using too much water and energy, overusing chemicals, polluting the air, land and water and as a result we are in a global ecological overshoot.  To slow down this ecological deficit and help accelerate the environmental movement, this year’s Earth Day theme is A Billion Acts of Green®.  This campaign calls for people of all nationalities around the world to commit to an act of environmental service to support sustainability and create a healthier one-planet future. Have you made your pledge?
Earth Day is Friday so make plans now to generate as many acts as possible in your community and submit them to be added in the Billion Acts of Green®. Collectively, these acts will not only have an impact on global carbon emissions, but will also demonstrate the power of small every-day individual acts of green. As an added bonus, many of these acts promote a healthier lifestyle – they can get you moving, eating better, breathing cleaner air and lessen your exposure to cancer promoting chemicals.The act can range from a simple gesture to an immense project.  Whatever the act, it all counts.  Here are a few ideas:
o   Eat a plantarian, vegetarian or vegan diet ~or~ simply eat less meat
o   Walk, bike or take public transportation to work or other destinations
o   Shop with reusable bags (grocery, clothing, household, etc.)
o   Support farmer’s markets and get fresh, local, seasonal food
o   Do laundry in cold water
o   Change out light bulbs to energy efficient florescent bulbs
o   Eliminate the use of pesticides (shop organic when possible)
o   Eliminate the use of toxic cleaning products (use eco-friendly products)
o   Get a home energy audit
o   Plant a garden or a tree at home or school
o   Recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, steel, glass, etc.
o   Eat more local food
o   Repurpose or give-a-way things rather than throwing them in the trash
o   Carpool more and use the car less
o   Trade in your gas guzzler for a fuel efficient vehicle
Millions around the world have already pledged to help save our planet.  What will you do to cut your nature spending and take another step towards your healthier lifestyle?  Choose your act and visit http://act.earthday.org/ to make your pledge today.  

Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of the birth of the
modern environmental movement in 1970. The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and the establishment of the Earth Day Network (EDN) followed that first Earth Day.  Now more than 1 billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.


To find Earth Day events around town visit http://www.earthdayhouston.org/
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