April 22 is Earth Day—a great time to think about our impact on the planet. I find myself considering what I already do to help, and trying to figure out what else I can do. The Bay Area has great recycling and compost programs. I already recycle paper goods, plastic, metal and glass. Green waste is picked up weekly with garbage and recycling. These options really cut down the amount of waste going into our landfills.

JustGive has waste, recycling and compost bins in our office. So I always try to make sure and put everything in the correct waste bin! I take the casual carpool to work to do my part to cut down on car emissions. When the carpool isn’t available, I take public transportation—the bus or BART. I shop at the farmer’s market to support local business and the environment. I bring lunch to work in re-usable containers so there isn’t trash each time I have a meal. It’s the little things I do every day—and that we can all do—that will sustain the planet. Each action makes a difference.

Even with all the easy changes I’ve already made I feel like there must be more I can do to keep the Earth healthy. Where do I get ideas about what else I can do? I can start with one of f several organizations I found that are working to save the planet:

  • Earth Day Network works to secure a health future for all of us, addressing many different aspects of environment—how the environment affects our health, greening deteriorated schools, green jobs, and activism to stop pollution.
  • National Arbor Day Foundation helps teach children and families about connecting with nature. For a small $10 membership, you plant 10 trees in our nation’s forests or get 10 trees you can plant in your yard or share with someone else. They also have many online resources available I can use with my daughter when we go exploring the great outdoors.
  • Supporting local organic farming is a great eco-consciously way to live “greener.” Find a farm in your area like Shooting Star CSA and sign up for their weekly vegetable boxes. Join me and support organic farming by shopping your local Farmer’s Market or grocery stores that carry local farms’ produce.
  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency has some tools to discover more things we can do to protect the environment. Their international program, Pick Five for the Environment, encourages each of us to choose 5 ideas and begin to take action. My thought was: Why not choose 10 or 15?

Earth Day San Francisco is the biggest Earth Day event in the Bay Area. It is a free public event to help community members learn about local and global eco-solutions. The event features an alternative vehicle exhibit, a youth eco zone, green films, eco fashion, organic food and beverages, holistic wellness choices and much more!

This month, there are many events going on around the word to protect the environment—easily check out the events in your area online!

Every change we make in our lives helps create a smaller footprint on the planet. Make a difference today by supporting organizations that work to protect our environment. When you donate, consider checking the box to make it a monthly recurring gift and walk the green talk year round!

Julia Hughes, Marketing Assistant

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