Tuesday, September 26, 2006

It's the Little Things That Count

It’s the Little Things That Count

During a walk to the corner store yesterday afternoon, my son happened to notice all the garbage lying on the roadside. He asked me why people litter when it would be so easy to hold on to it until you can find a trash can? Sadly, I did not have an answer for him but suggested we take a few trash bags and clean up the roadside this weekend, which he thought was a great idea.
The environment and how we are contributing to its destruction with greenhouse gas emissions has been a hot topic in the media. The big news is that Californians are suing six major car manufacturers for damage to the environment, economy and public health, caused by vehicle emissions. We may not have the time or energy or funds to do anything quite as drastic but keep in mind that it is the little things that count.
Show your kids that a few changes can make a big difference such as
  • Turn off lights and other appliances when they are not being used
  • Replace old light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Don’t leave water running when brushing teeth
  • Recycle as much as possible
There are many wonderful sites that will give you and your kids more ideas on how to be more energy efficient such as http://library.thinkquest.org/11353/gather/help.htm Spend some quality time together researching all the ways that your family can help. Children learn by example, so show your kids that you care about the future of the planet and they will too. Let's all do our own small part
Happy Tuesday

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