Happy Earth Day!

Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t throw anything away, there is no ‘away'”?

We haven’t found a black hole in space to chuck our waste into, which is why when you open a box that is overflowing with plastic packaging, you should immediately imagine it all floating in our oceans or strangling tree roots underground.

Earth Day can be a fun day to celebrate our beautiful planet and plant a tree or pick up litter, but it should also act as a sober reminder that even our smallest decisions every day effect the health of the land, sky, animals, and other humans we care about.

Courtesy of Earth Day Sacramento

Courtesy of Earth Day Sacramento

If you’ve ever wondered how much of an impact your family has on the environment, here’s your chance to find out. The Earth Day Network site has a Footprint Calculator, a fun and interesting interactive quiz that will show you how your lifestyle affects the planet. Taking the quiz will be an eye opener for you and your kids. Once you know the extent of your footprint, explore a few of the suggestions and activities on this list with an eye toward reducing waste and reusing or recycling valuable resources.

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