South Carolina governor, Mark Sanford, recently declared the week of April 18-24, 2010 to be Earth Week. This week is dedicated to encouraging people to participate in activities that will improve our environment and reduce the human impact upon our planet.
There are many things that you can do to celebrate Earth Week. Small steps, such as changing to energy efficient flourescent light bulbs, to large projects, like adding solar panels, energy efficient appliances, or buying a hybrid vehicle, all help to reduce our impact on the environment. Plant an organic garden or volunteer at a sustainable farm, like City Roots, located near Owen’s field airport in Columbia, SC (please see related article). Just remembering to turn off your lights and appliances when not in use can save energy and money on your electric bill.
Earth Day is April 22, 2010. This is the national day of celebration and also the day that EPA’s new Lead paint rule will go into effect (please see related article). No matter what Earth Day or Earth Week activities you decide to do, the important thing is to always look for ways to minimize your impact on the environment and where ever you go always leave a place in better condition than when you found it, not just on Earth Day, but everyday!