On April 22, 1970, America celebrated the first Earth Day. Today Earth Day is celebrated annually around the globe. Through the combined efforts of the U.S. government, grassroots organizations, and citizens like you, what started as a day of national environmental recognition has grown into a world-wide campaign to protect our global environment and reduce our impact on this delicate instrument – Earth . Every citizen’s goal should be to leave the Earth a better place than when we found it.
q RE-USE LAWN CLIPPINGS
15-20% of solid waste sent to landfills is comprised of leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste? That’s a lot of waste. Lawn clippings are actually good for your yard if mulched and left where they’re cut. The clippings will improve the quality of the soil so you can save on expensive and potentially hazardous fertilizer and the clippings help retain moisture so you don’t have to water as often
q USE RE-USABLE GROCERY BAGS
According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags and 10 billion paper bags each year. That’s 12 million gallons of petroleum to produce the plastic bags and 14 million trees to produce the paper bags and then less than 15% of all bags get recycled. If you do use these bags, recycle them- but imagine how much petroleum and how many trees we could save if we all started bringing reusable bags to the store.
q SWITCH TO COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHTS
According to the Lighting Efficiency Coalition, switching US households to Compact Fluorescent Lights –or CFLs would save $18 billion annually in electricity – the equivalent of shutting down 18 coal-fired power plants, eliminating 158 million tons of global warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. CFLs are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs and last 6 to 10 times longer. They are more expensive but pay for themselves by saving energy.
Speech on Earth Day in Hindi Language
According to the Bureau of Transportation there are now 204 million vehicles in the United States consuming up to 25 percent of the total energy used in the US each year. Carpooling is an easy way for everyone to save money while helping reduce the amount of energy used. Fewer cars reduces emissions of hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, which traps the Earth’s heat and causes global warning
It takes 95% less energy to make an aluminum can from recycled aluminum than from virgin resources. That’s enough energy to run your TV for three hours! Recycling not only aluminum but bottles, plastics and paper saves energy and natural resources. Most areas now have recycling programs and centers that make recycling easy. You’ll also reduce the amount of trash you produce and save valuable landfill space.
q TURN OFF LIGHTS AND APPLIANCES
Leaving televisions, stereos and other appliances on standby accounts for around 12% of all of electricity used, Switching appliances off at the power point when not in use could save you around $100 a year.
Also, try and look for products with an Energy Star standard, which indicates that they have a low standby power consumption. Energy Star compliant home electronics products consume up to 75% less energy in standby mode than standard products do.
q AVOID EXCESSIVE PACKAGING
Recycling is great, but avoiding waste in the first place is even better.
Next time you go shopping, choose the products with the least packaging, or packaging made from recycled materials.
Speech on Earth Day in English
q USE RE-NEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
Over 90 per cent of our electricity is generated by burning coal, which creates greenhouse pollution and contributes to climate change.
Many electricity suppliers now offer some level of “Green” energy service- renewable energy sourced from the sun, the wind, water and waste. Green Power produces no greenhouse pollution. It makes a significant contribution to our environment.
q BUY LOCALLY PRODUCED PRODUCTS
Consider how far a product has traveled before arriving at your local store. Buying locally produced products means less energy was used be it fuel for trucks, airplanes even boats to bring the product to market at a lesser expense to the environment.
Short Speech on Earth Day
q RECYCLE BATTERIES
More than 350 million rechargeable batteries are purchased annually in the United States. Rechargeable batteries like nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) or small sealed lead-acid (SSLA) batteries, contain toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, and lead. When thrown away, these batteries can cause serious harm to human health and the environment.
The 184 Northeast family farms of Organic Valley thank you for protecting the earth by choosing local organic foods. Look for Organic Valley award-winning milk, cheese, egg, and soy products in your local grocery and natural foods stores. The Organic Valley Family of Farms, your connection to local organic foods.