Earth Day is coming up, and with the City of Las Vegas pledging to go completely reliant on renewable energy by 2017, it’s time for you to follow suit and do your part to make the world a better place. But, what can you do? If you’re not sure of what you can do to get involved this Earth Day, consider these options.
Change Your Habits
It all begins with you and the lifestyle you lead. If you don’t already recycle, now is the best time to start. Make sure that you’re separating your recyclables from your trash. Even if recycling isn’t collected from your home, you can still make a weekly trip to take it to a recycling center. Recycling doesn’t have to be limited to food and drink; rather than throw away old clothes and toys, find friends who may have a need for them, or at least donate them to a local shelter. Besides recycling, you can also be more efficient in your home by using more energy-efficient light bulbs, using less water, and switching your bills to online statements.
Attend a Las Vegas Earth Day Event
If you want to help save the planet but also be a little social, consider looking up a local Earth Day event. There will be activities planned by groups large and small for this day. For example, there’s the Green Alliance’s GREENFest, which is a free event in Downtown Summerlin. Along with exhibitions from local businesses, there will be fun activities and education about how to be more sustainable. If you’d rather join in on a smaller Earth Day event, check out websites such as Meetup.com for happenings in your area.
Help Clean Up Vegas
Of course, you don’t need the excuse of attending an event to go out and clean up your city. Get in touch with your local government to see if there are any volunteer clean-up activities you can help out with. Or, check with local projects such as Get Outdoors Nevada or the Great Basin Institute to see if they have any events planned for the day. Even if they don’t, you may still be able to volunteer for them in the future.
Stay Informed on the Issues
By reading up on environmental news and concerns, you will know best how to help out. Also, you’ll be able to educate others who may not be aware of the issues we face with our planet. If you have children, you can share your knowledge with them so that they make informed decisions in the future. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic.”
Follow Through on Your Commitments
It’s great to use Earth Day as a springboard for your commitment to being environmentally conscious, but perhaps the best thing you can possibly do is continue your good habits even after the day is over. If you decide to start living a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, make sure you follow through on your changes for the rest of the year. If you help out with a volunteer group on Earth Day, continue meeting up with them on a regular basis. The purpose of Earth Day isn’t to make the world a better place just for one day; it’s to learn about how we can always be improving our planet