By Ellen Bari
The 40th anniversary of Earth Day, seems like a perfect opportunity for us moms to reflect upon the state of our planet and the small things we can do to help. We are (slowly) becoming aware of the problems: our food is often chemically treated and genetically modified, our water is frequently contaminated with toxic chemicals, our wasteful habits are filling landfills, gas prices are soaring, our resources are running out - the list goes on.
So what can we do? Tons. There are so many easy ways families can contribute to going green, beginning with simple ways to conserve energy, like shutting down and unplugging electronics and setting our thermostats a few degrees lower in the winter/ higher in the summer.
We can also be mindful of our water consumption by washing clothes in cold water; filling reusable bottles with filtered tap water, taking shorter showers, installing low-flow shower heads and planting drought-tolerant native plants.
Other ways we can reduce our carbon footprint, is by recycling, including swapping things like clothes, CDs, DVDs and books, and using refurbished electronics instead of buying everything spanking new. By biking or walking when possible, we use less gas and get more exercise! And by buying locally grown food, we support local farmers, keep money in our community, and use less gas, causing less pollution.
Many of our children today are much more aware of conservation than we are, so let’s take their lead and commit to becoming part of the green revolution in some way. Happy Earth Day!