People around the world celebrate Earth Day, opens a new window every year on April 22. The theme this year is "Protect Our Species."
"In nature, nothing exists alone."
-Rachel Carson, 1962
Want to know how you can participate? Here are some easy ways the library can help you take part in the celebration of our planet!
Learn about energy conservation. Did you know the library has many resources you can borrow to take home to help you be more energy efficient?
- Nokero Solar Lightbulb: Check out this solar lightbulb and find out where you can fit portable solar lighting into your life. You can use it for reading, camping, socializing and more.
- Thermal Leak Detector: A thermal leak detector is an infrared sensor that will help you improve the efficiency of your home by finding leaks.
- Watts Up? Power Meter: This portable meter will help you determine the costs of running appliances, like how much TV you watch or how much power your fridge uses. You can even take it with you appliance shopping!
Plant. Plant in your yard or create a balcony garden. It's fun and good for the environment!
- Plant a tree with help from The Homeowner's Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook. Find out what trees are perfect for the Front Range with this post, opens a new window from your neighborhood garden center.
- Plant flowers and vegetables with help from The Colorado Gardener's Companion or for tiny spaces, check out The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden.
Compost/Recycle/Reuse. Composting and recycling are pretty easy whether you want to use a curbside compost service or start your own compost bin in your backyard.
- Compost City gives you tips for composting in small spaces or try Composting for a New Generation. You can even take this composting class through Kanopy, our streaming video service.
- If you don't have pickup recycling service, there are many drop-off locations you can find using Google. Many stores, like Target, opens a new window, even offer small drop-off recycling stations, and many retail stores offer recycling for plastic bags, opens a new window. Learn more about recycling, including what those numbers on containers mean, at How2Recycle, opens a new window.
- Shop with reusable bags. You can even make your very own reusable bag with the sewing machines in The Makerspace.
- Buy locally-grown foods. Join a co-op or visit a farmers markets.
Welcome animals to your yard! Make your yard inviting for birds, bees and butterflies.
- What's All the Buzz? Start your own beehive with these tips from a beekeeper. If you just want to attract them to your yard, plant bee-friendly flowers like beebalm, goldenrod, lavender and sage. And don't kill those dandelions, bees love them. Learn more about why dandelions are more than just a weed.
- Get birdy with a birdfeeder or even a birdhouse.
- Have a beautiful butterfly garden by planting milkweed, goldenrod and zinnea.
- Ride your bike instead of drive.
Donate your items. Share with others and get organized at the same time.
- Marie Kondo and other professional organizers will help you say goodbye to the clutter with this list of great home organization books.
- Drop off your donations at Goodwill, ARC or other local thrift store. Some organizations, like the Vietnam Veteran's of America, opens a new window, will even pick up your items from your doorstep.
- Try organizing a clothing swap or getting on a neighborhood social group to share your items.
These are just a few ways to celebrate Earth Day and there are a million more. And don't forget, everyday is Earth Day! How will you be celebrating?