Happy Earth Day 2011!
I remember my first Earth Day celebration. It was back in 1989 and I was a college sophomore. My Biology II class went on a field trip to Pittsburgh's Earth Day celebration. It was in downtown Pittsburgh at a park where the three rivers meet, if I remember correctly. There weren't a lot of people walking around, mostly hippies and college students. Earth Day has come a long way.
I have come a long way too. From composting and saving rain water to using cloth napkins and reusable grocery bags, I have made many changes in my life over the last 20 years. When I was a college sophomore, I didn't even know how to cook scrambled eggs, let alone grow my own food.
Honestly, most of the change for me has transpired in the past 10 years, not 20 years. Buying our home, having children, and trying to become debt free have all had a hand in encouraging me to be a better steward of the environment.
But I'm not perfect. I have forgotten my reusable grocery bags as recently as yesterday. I still use Comet to clean my toilets. And I gave up on cloth diapers as soon as my babies started eating solid food. (I couldn't stop gagging.) But I do the best I can and I am better at it now than I was 20, 10 and even 5 years ago. Some changes take time to make and some become routine rather quickly.
Some of the changes that I have made over the years:
- My Backyard Compost
- Ten Paper Products to Cross Off Your Grocery List
- Lawn Care: To Treat or Not To Treat, That is the Question
- Six Ways to Conserve Water and Save Money This Summer
- Square Foot Gardening: Making the Transition
What changes have you made over the years to be a better steward of the environment? Let us know in the comments.
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