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Inspire cleaner living on Earth Day, five tips to celebrate

By Charlotte Smith

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Many in Bladen County celebrate Earth Day. Several local schools have children planting green life, teaching lessons on how to upcycle and how to positively contribute to the environment.

Bladen County’s Keep Bladen Beautiful committee made a stop at Dublin Primary School. The focus of the trip was to teach Kindergarten students and their parents about the importance of recycling.

The local Four County Electric Membership Corporation reminded their fans on Facebook about the importance of Energy Star rated appliances. They stated, “Remember, Four County EMC members are eligible for a $50 rebate with documentation and proof of purchase of a qualified ENERGY STAR appliance. ENERGY STAR qualified products and practices help you save energy, money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

According to the idea for a national day to focus on the environment 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.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies, according to the site. By the end of  1970, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Below are five tips to celebrate earth day.

  1. Park your car and walk. Save gas and emissions and walk more.
  2. Recycle more trash. Don’t just recycle your plastic and aluminum. Recycle your electronic devices as well. The EPA announced electronic devices are growing the waste rapidly. Find ways to recycle it here.
  3. Reuse your unwanted items. Google ways to reuse or donate your unwanted items.
  4. Use your unwanted food for composting and growing more food.
  5. Educate others on how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Visit the EPA’s website for more ideas.
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