Take Action this Earth Day

Do something great for the environment this Earth Day! Goodwill is based upon the principle of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ and we want you to get involved with that ideal as well. Get involved with your community on Earth Day by making a simple pledge to reduce your environmental impact. Here are some small things you can do to make this pledge and your impact meaningful:

1.    Plant a tree
Team up with a local organization and sprout new life by planting a tree or go to your nearby plant nursery and fill your pots with flowers. If you’re busy and want an easier way, you can pay $1 to plant a tree on websites such as earthday.org or onetreeplanted.org. This is a great price for reduced carbon dioxide and more oxygen in our atmosphere.

2.    Reduce Meat Consumption
The meat industry is responsible for a large portion of greenhouse gases and as meat consumption continues to increase worldwide so do these gases. Simply replace meat one day per week with things like beans, nuts, and rice to reduce your consumption.

3.    Donate/Recycle
Open up your closet and pledge to donate a full garbage bag of clothes and drop them off at your nearest Goodwill to reduce waste from entering landfills. You can also collect paper, glass, aluminum, and cardboard and dispose of them at one of the recycling drop-off sites located throughout Lincoln.

4.    Stop Using Disposable Plastics
In this past 20 years plastic use has increased exponentially. Single use plastic products cause preventable environmental destruction. An easy solution to reducing single use plastic is to buy reusable water bottles, bags, and utensils. Remember that after using plastic water bottles and grocery store bags one time, they will stay on Earth forever.  Let that motivate you to use more sustainable items.

5.    Get Creative
Above are the basics of environmentally sustainable practices, however, you can make your own act of green for Earth Day. You can hold a donation drive at your school to collect clothes, start a compost pile in your backyard, or write a letter to a government official on an environmental issue you feel passionate about. Each thing you do for the environment is one step closer to a greener community and world.  
Source: https://www.earthday.org/take-action/

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