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Every living thing needs a Home...not just human beings HOME

As Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz said: "There's no place like home." This is where we all can take a hard look at our individual impacts on the environment and natural resources. Young people can take the lead in environmental awareness in their homes by helping to educate their families and promote environmentally-friendly living.
Environmental goals can be decided upon by the family, and family members can take turns in monitoring weekly activities that cut down on the negative impact on the environment and our natural resources.  Here are some things we can do:

Choose renewable sources of energy, such as solar
Install energy efficient appliances
Install low water use shower heads and toilet fixtures
Set water heaters at lower levels
Put insulating jackets on water heaters
Conserve water
Use mass transit and bicycles as much as possible
Buy environmentally-friendly products
Turn computers and equipment off when not in use
Turn lights off when not in use
Recycle plastic, glass, cans, packaging
Dispose of hazardous material properly
Plant shade trees to reduce summer heat and
reduce watering needs in summer months.
Leave No Trace when in wilderness areas
What's my impact on biodiversity?
Take Conservation International's online quiz to determine your impact on the natural environment.  You will receive an "eco-rating" as well as an idea of how you scored in relation to others who have taken the test.
What you can do at home to save biodiversity
10 things you can do as individuals, along with your family members, to shrink your  ecological footprint. (Conservation International)
A Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Options for saving energy and using renewable energy at home, at work, in your community, and while driving.  Links to information, products, services, financial opportunities and assistance, tips, booklet, and latest news. (U.S. Dept. of Energy)
Save energy and money while helping to fight global warming
Environmental Defense lists ways you haven't even thought of to reduce your energy consumption, reduce pollution, save money, and operate more efficiently by making small changes in your daily routine.  Get the facts and helpful solutions from their team of experts.  Links are provided to help you find the information you need.
Water Conservation Tips
You can make a difference in your watershed - It all begins at home.
(American Rivers)
Recycling - see our Talkin' Trash page for information and resource links.

What commuters can do to help the environment
How do you get to work?  Here are some tips and resources that might help you leave your car at home. (Conservation International)

What you can do to protect the "great outdoors."
Seven principles of outdoor ethics to help us be good stewards of our natural world, plus tips from the International Mountain Biking Association.  (Conservation International)
 

In the wilderness, Leave No Trace

 

Sustainable Living - Read more about choices.  Calculate your ecological footprint

"If Americans take simple daily steps to practice sustainable living, then our children will inherit a land of plenty, immersed in natural beauty, abundant wildlife and wild places. When we learn to live in balance with our natural resources, we can truly be leaders of the world."

 

- Kathy Ries, Director
Sacramento Area Earth Day Network

 


 

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