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Happy Earth Day, Let's Save Our Planet (Step 1 - 6)

Written By Heni Puspita on Friday, April 22, 2011 | 7:55 AM

Global warming is the greatest threat humankind has ever faced. In fact, the problem is so serious that it’s difficult to believe that an individual person can have an effect and make a change. But the amazing fact is that each person CAN make a difference. Remember… if each of us makes a tiny step it’s a great leap for the planet. So this year, let’s al make a difference by doing what we can do to stop global warming. Let’s go green!

Step 1. Get gardening

PLANT A TREE. If 5% of the Indonesian population planted a tree, it would mean 10 million more trees absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.

GROW A GARDEN. Change that small area at the back of your house into a carbon absorbing paradise.

Step 2. Use biodegradable cleaning products

CHECK LABELS of household cleaners you use to see whether they are environmentally friendly.

CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES like baking soda, scouring pads, water or little more elbow grease.

Step 3. Reduce waste

BUY REUSABLE PRODUCTS. Avoid disposable products like razors, disposable cameras.

DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE. Billions of compact disc and their packaging are sold annually. That’s a lot of waste!

Step 4. Conserve electricity

SWITCH BULBS from traditional incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (C.F.L.). If every Indonesian household replaced a regular light bulb with a C.F.L., the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road.

TURN OFF CHARGERS. Most cell-phone chargers continue to draw electricity even when the phone isn’t plugged into it.

SWITCH OFF unneeded lights even when leaving a room for a short time.

Step 5. Reduce air pollution

CHANGE TO SOLAR. Use solar power for water heating. In one day, the sun provides more energy than our population could use in 27 years.


USE WATER BASED paint products.

Step 6. Save water

TURN OFF TAPS. If you leave water running while you brush your teeth, you waste 1,800 gallons a year!

STOP LEAKS. Fixing leaky taps and toilets is a quick and easy way to conserve water. A tap drip can waste 20 gallons of water a day. Leaky toilets waste nearly 100 gallons a day.

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