Celebrating #EarthDay

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It’s Earth Day again: and this year the theme is “The Face of Climate Change.”

What does Earth Day have to do with downsizing the home, you ask?

It has a lot to do with it! The products we choose to clean our homes when we’re deep-cleaning and rearranging them, or moving to smaller quarters; and how we go about disposing of the things we’re getting rid of  as we do this, do affect the health of our earth. You may think the way you and your family go about this task doesn’t make much of an impact: but multiply it by the number of people who are doing it, and think again.

This year one of the actions being encouraged for Earth Day is recycling electronic waste (that means all those old TVs, radios, printer cartridges, batteries, etc.). You can find out more about how to do this here  and also in a number of posts on this blog here. (We’ve got tips about how to recycle all kinds of “pesky” items, from videotapes and carpeting to old socks and wine bottle corks!)

It can be pretty discouraging to think about what a mess we’ve made of our earth. But we really can’t afford to spend much time rueing what we haven’t done. It’s better to think about what we have done, and what we’re going to do.

Here’s a look at the history of Earth Day (Where We’ve Been)  Where We’re Going from here is up to each and every one of us.

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Find an action (or two, or three), and then DO THEM!

Janet Hulstrand is a writer/editor,  writing coach travel blogger, and coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home

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