Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Please Join Me on April 22nd for {B Kind 2 Earth Day} #kind2earth

Although Earth Day is technically once a year, there are little things that you can do all year long that will help our environment. Here are 10 easy tips to get you started:
  1. Review labels of household cleaners you use. Consider alternatives like baking soda, scouring pads, water or a little more elbow grease. 
  2. Leave grass clippings on the yard-they decompose and return nutrients to the soil. 
  3. Paint with brushes or rollers instead of using spray paints to minimize harmful emissions. 
  4. Join a carpool or vanpool to get to work. 
  5. Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently.
  6. Keep your thermostat at 68 in winter and 78 in summer.
  7. Plant trees to shade your home. 
  8. Connect your outdoor lights to a timer.
  9. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money and energy.   
  10. Reuse items like bags and containers when possible.
Make Earth Day count for you and your family this year!! In all fifty states on Earth Day, families will get outside, appreciate our planet and do good things for the Earth – and their collective actions are going to count, big time. B Kind 2 Earth Day is a project of Nickelodeon, the National Wildlife Federation, and incredible bloggers across the country.  

Stop by and join the movement on Facebook.  

In the Metro Detroit area... check out these Michigan Earth Day Events:

April 16th, 2011 9a-3p
Royal Oak, Michigan
Earth Day 2011 Celebration at the Detroit Zoo. Join the Detroit Zoo in celebrating Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and the Zoo continues the celebration with a fun-filled day for the entire family. Activities will include a craft project for kids, entertainment, rock climbing wall, animal enrichment and a scavenger hunt through the Zoo. Join the Zoo’s Green Team at the Green Games Gallery and enjoy earth-friendly activities, including games made entirely out of recycled products. Local conservation groups will also be on-site providing tips for keeping our planet a healthy place to live. Earth Day activities are free with regular admission.

April 16th, 2011 9a-11:30a
Shelby Township, Michigan
Appreciation Day - Earth Day Cleanup at Stony Creek Metro Park (4300 Main Park Road, Utica, Michigan). Help is needed picking up trash, cleaning up flower beds, and general cleanup around the park. A complimentary lunch is provided for volunteers. Advance registration is required by April 10th on the metroparks website. For ages 8 & up.

May 6th, 7th and 8th, 2011
Plymouth, Michigan
The Fourth Annual Green Street Fair is an event that was founded to educate and inform people about the benefits of green, organic and eco-friendly products and services.

May 13th - May 15th, 2011
Rochester, Michigan
The 3-day Michigan Green Living Festival in downtown Rochester offers a wide variety of fun, informative activities and exhibits. Among the events and activities featured at this year's Green Living Festival (click here for full article about the event). 
Disclosure: I am one of the Michigan State Leader for B Kind 2 Earth Day. I received no compensation. I wanted to share this with all of you because it is important to me!
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