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Summer 2020
Volume 44, Number 2

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#EarthDay 365

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10 WAYS TO MAKE EVERY DAY EARTH DAY

Andrea Zani

Celebrating Earth Day need not be a one-and-done proposition. Every day is a good day to take care of our planet.

Here are 10 simple things you can do year-round to conserve resources and look out for the world around you – and this is only a start! Just remember the hashtag #EarthDay365 to help do your part all year long.

WATER WAYS – Make sure faucets don't drip, consider low-flush toilets if they're not already in place, don't run the tap when you brush your teeth. And get clean in the shower, thank you, but save some water for the next guy. It all adds up to less. . . water use, that is.

PARK IT – Leave the car at home and walk, bike or bus to work. Sharing a carpool is nice, too, and may even mean making a few new friends.

LIGHT IT UP – How many people does it take to change the world with a light bulb? Just one: You! Change to more energy-efficient bulbs such as compact fluorescent lamps if you haven't already.

PLASTIC SURGERY – Cut out the plastic bottles and grocery bags. At the very least, reduce, reuse and recycle.

PLANT A SEED – Adding native plants to your landscape can be a boost for the ecosystem. They provide food for insects, which can feed other insects, birds, bats, small mammals, fish and other wildlife. Plus, native flowers are just plain pretty. For more on going native in Wisconsin, check Plant native plants to help nature.

HOT (COFFEE)TAKE – Bring your own reusable travel mug to fill at the corner coffee shop to cut down on waste.

THOUGHT FOR FOOD – Reducing animal-based consumption even a little can go a long way toward sustainability. It might prompt some healthier food choices to boot.

GO GREENER – Reduce your overall impact on the planet by choosing products and services specifically developed to be more sustainable and better for the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers numerous resources on greener living, including a product guide for consumers. Find a link on EPA's Earth Day page.

SHOP LOCAL – Supporting local businesses whenever possible is a great choice for the environment and the area economy. It means less fuel needed for transportation of goods and helps local producers and employers. Every little bit adds up!

LAUNDRY LIST – When washing clothes or running the dishwasher, always try to have a full load to maximize water and energy use. As much as possible, use a drying rack for clothes or hang them out to air dry (yes, not always practical in Wisconsin winters!) If you do use the clothes dryer, be sure to clean the lint trap each time for better energy efficiency.

PEOPLE FOR THE PLANET

Join with others to make a difference for mother earth and honor those who have. here's how:

  • Work*Play*Earth Day: Cleanup projects and general maintenance activities are popular for Earth Day, and Friends Groups at Wisconsin State Park System properties sponsor a long list of Work*Play*Earth Day events. Check Get Outdoors! But why stop there? Make it a year-round activity to help out at a state park by volunteering or joining a Friends Group. Or get involved in cleanup and other projects around your own neighborhood. Pick up and pitch in for Earth Day and beyond.
  • SNA Volunteer Program: State Natural Areas represent some of Wisconsin's most pristine public lands, and plenty of help is needed to keep them that way. Collect seeds, cut brush, remove invasive species and more as an SNA volunteer. Check State Natural Areas (SNAs) Volunteer Program for details.
  • Citizen science: Data collection is vital in supporting the state's vulnerable plant and animal resources, and volunteers are needed for statewide surveys and other projects. The DNR's Citizen-based Monitoring Network administers numerous projects in the Aquatic and Terrestrial Resources Inventory. Learn more at Wisconsin Aquatic and Terrestrial Resources Inventory.
  • Wisconsin Conservation Congress: Input from the public through this statutory body helps inform and advise the DNR and Natural Resources Board on management issues. Regular meetings are held year-round, with annual Spring Hearings to collect statewide input held county-by-county each April (this year's date is April 13). Check Wisconsin Conservation Congress.
  • Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame: More than 35 conservation-related groups make up this nonprofit organization in Stevens Point. From John Muir and Aldo Leopold to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, Hall of Fame members represent the best of Wisconsin's conservation legacy. The public is invited to this year's induction ceremony on April 25 beginning at 9 a.m. at SentryWorld, 601 Michigan Ave. N, in Stevens Point. The ceremony will honor three inductees – landscape architect Jens Jensen, and UW-Madison professors Stephen Born and Stanley Temple – bringing the Hall of Fame total to 100. See The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame for more on the event and a full list of Hall of Fame members.
Last revised: Tuesday March 03 2020