On Monday April 22nd the world will be celebrating Earth Day to demonstrate
support for environmental protection. Organizations everywhere will host
events for local communities to participate in and show the world that they
care about the place they live. Events will range from beach and park
cleanups to DIY workshops and tree plantings, while schools will educate
their students about the importance of having an environmentally-conscious
mind and keeping our world safe and clean.
Instead of just thinking about how your actions positively/negatively affect
the earth once a year, why not integrate sustainable practices into your
everyday lives. This post will feature some of the Earth Day projects
worldwide, while also offering simple suggestions on how you can make your
everyday routine more environmentally conscious.
Save Our Shores
Save Our Shores is a non-profit
marine conservation organization in Santa Cruz, California who cares for the
marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, and citizen action. Last
Earth Day, their beach cleanup helped collect over 850 pounds of pollution, and
on Earth Day 2011 they collected over 2,700 cigarette butts from their local
beaches in just 2 hours alone! (1)
Decorate Grocery Bags
Earth Day Groceries Project will
be celebrating its 20th Anniversary.
It's an easy, cost free environmental awareness project that matches youths with
grocers to relay the message of Earth Day to everyone! To participate, teachers
just have to contact a local grocery store and ask to borrow "X" amount of paper
bags. Explain the purpose of the project to the manager, and pass out a paper
bag to each student to decorate with Earth Day themed messages and pictures.
Return the bags to the same store on Earth Day, and customers will receive their
groceries as well as an Earth Day message from children who care about the
environment. Hopefully next Earth Day they will walk into the grocery store with
a reusable bag! (2)
Attend an Earth Day Festival
There will be Earth Day festivals all around the world on Monday April 22nd and
the weekend prior. Most of the festivals will include tree plantings, community
trash pickups, and DIY projects. San Francisco was
voted the Greenest City in North America, so we know they will be celebrating
Earth Day to the max! Their festival will include music by local bands and dj's,
green DIY workshops, keynote speakers, earth friendly exhibits and even an
electric car showcase! Make the effort and see what your local community is
doing to celebrate on and around April 22nd.
1.Recycle your Electronics
It is estimated that over 2.5 million tons of e-waste ends up in our landfills
every year. Planet Green, with the help of thousands of organizations,
individuals, and businesses participating in our free
recycling program have been able
to keep millions of pounds of e-waste out of our landfills while raising over
$40 million dollars to date! For more information about our free recycling
program click here.
2.Ride a Bike
Riding a bicycle to close by destinations can benefit the environment in
numerous ways. It decreases air pollution and oil runoff amongst many other
environmental and health benefits. To learn more about the benefits of riding a
bike visit our Bike Revolution blog post here.
3.Pay your Bills Online
Eliminate paper waste by viewing and paying your bills online. There is no need
to waste printing paper, envelopes and even ink when online bills are an easy
and safe alternative.
4.Buy Local Food
Buy your food from your local farmers market. Not only is the food fresh, but
you will also be cutting down the energy used to transport food long distances.
Not to mention you will also be supporting local businesses!
5.Check your Toilet for Leaks
A leaking toilet can discard 10,000 gallons of water each year! 10% of homes
have leaks that waste over 90 gallons of water each day! Check your toilet for
leaks and help conserve water. (4)
6.Switch to Reusable Water Bottles
Americans throw away over 2.5 million plastic water bottles every hour!
Statistics say that only 27% of plastic water bottles are actually recycled!
Check out our post for more food and water storage statistics and alternatives here.
7.Use Green Cleaning Products
Chemicals in many household cleaning products are detrimental to your health and
your pets. There are a lot of natural cleaning products that are good for you
and the environment. Check out some ideas here.
8.Switch to Reusable Grocery Bags
Plastic bags take anywhere from 15-1,000 years to fully decompose. Switch from
plastic grocery bags to the reusable ones to help save the environment. More
facts about plastic bags here.
9.Volunteer in Community Cleanups
A community cleanup is a great way to participate in a social event and clean up
the environment at the same time. Even if you only partake a few times a year,
you are still making a difference!
10.Compost your Waste
By composting, you are enhancing your own soil, while also eliminating trash.
Use your soil to plant a wonderful garden and start growing your own food!
Remember, every day is Earth Day. Things that you do on Earth Day can be done
throughout the whole year. So start slow, and try to include one of the
suggestions provided above into your daily routine. Earth Day is a day for
spreading awareness; your actions can make a difference little by little, every
Have a happy Earth Day!
-Team Planet Green Recycle
1 - http://www.saveourshores.org/what-we-do/volunteer-earth-day.php
2 - http://www.earthdaybags.org/
3 - http://earthdaysf.org/earth-day.html
4 - http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/fixleak.html
Devonshire Volunteer Surveillance Team
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
Thursday, January 27, 2000
The award-winning Volunteer
Surveillance Team (VST) continues its partnership with the LAPD, Devonshire
Community Police Station and reports that 1999 was its most successful year
ever. These groups of community volunteers, working with officers, have assisted
police in making nine hundred arrests from April to December 1999. l.
The Volunteer Surveillance Team,
founded in 1992, consists of a group of fifty citizens who live in The
Devonshire Area and are trained by the police to work on identified crime
problems. During the past eight years, they have volunteered 29,620 hours;
saving the City of Los Angeles $1,125,560 in officer's salaries. They have been
responsible for helping the police capture rapists, graffiti taggers, drug
dealers, burglars, auto thieves, and juvenile delinquents.
The Devonshire Volunteer
Surveillance Team Against Truancy(DEVSTAT), was conceived in 1999 by Officers
Don Graham and Brian Lafferty, Volunteer Surveillance Team's Officers-in-charge.
They target truant juveniles at local high schools, which has resulted in
four-hundred twelve arrests. Subsequent reports have shown a significant drop in
crime in neighborhoods adjacent to these schools. As a result of the Volunteer
Surveillance Team's actions, Granada Hills High School received an award from
the Los Angeles Board of Education for outstanding attendance.
Volunteer Surveillance Team
members, once they have passed a background investigation, receive training in
surveillance, safety, and radio procedures. Training is an ongoing process with
the men and women of the Volunteer Surveillance Team and safety is the number
one priority. Members are never put in unsafe situations and are supervised by
police officers at all times. The team is proud of their record; no one has ever
been injured or compromised while working a detail. They are currently
recruiting new members. If you live in the Devonshire Community, and are
interested in participating in this unique and exciting program, contact Officer
Don Graham or Officer Brian Lafferty at Devonshire Community Police Station.
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