Earth Day: What You Can Do to Help the Environment

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Ways to Get Involved and Save the Earth

Each year, over one billion people in more than 192 countries participate in Earth Day, which makes it the largest event in the world. In its over 40 years of existence, Earth Day is responsible for the passage of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and over 2 billion other Acts of Green. Show some love for mother Earth this year by getting involved in one of the many Earth Day activities going on around the world! Here are some simple ways you can get involved and make the Earth a better place this week.

Eat Less Meat

Did you know that the meat industry is responsible for over 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? In fact, factory farming is the number one cause of climate change. As if that weren’t enough, did you know that producing one hamburger uses enough fossil fuels to drive a small car 20 miles and enough water for 17 showers? Visit the Earth Day Network’s website to sign the pledge to participate in “Meatless Mondays” and limit your consumption of meat. Need help? Join Fort Wayne Vegans & Vegetarians to get support from others as well as meal ideas, recipes, and tips on eating out.

Speak up for the Environment

All around the United States, groups are standing up to speak up for the environment, and Indiana is no different. Join the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Indianapolis. The March will start at the Veterans Memorial Plaza and end at the PanAm plaza just in time to attend Indy VegFest to taste some great meatless options and get tips to help you with your meat-free pledge.

Buy Local Produce

Did you know that most “fresh” fruit you buy in the supermarket was picked 7 days before you bought it? Not only does that mean seven days of transportation time, but most fruits start to lose their nutrients after 3 days. Buying local produce will severely lower CO2 emissions by reducing the amount of energy required to transport your produce from the farm to your plate. Visit local farmer’s markets to purchase produce from local farmers or grow your own in containers on your patio.

End Junk Mail

Did you know that 100 million trees are cut down each year just to provide enough paper for junk mail? Sign up for Catalog Choice and stop unwanted mail. Catalog Choice is a free service that opts out of unwanted mailing lists for you – junk mail, credit card offers, even phone books! Just visit their website, report who is sending you mail and they will take care of the opting out process for you.

Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz

Find out how you can reduce your carbon footprint and be better to the environment by taking the Ecological Footprint Quiz.

Earth Day Festival at Eagle Marsh

Sunday, April 30 from 1-5, come on out to Eagle Marsh and celebrate Earth Day! There will be plenty of great activities including a decorated rain barrel contest, farmers market, special prizes, interactive nature education stations, presentations on conservation tips, and more!

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