As you know by now, Earth Day was yesterday. Did you do anything special with your kids? Plant a tree? Recycle? Go for a hike in nature? I know that some people aren’t thrilled with the idea of designating just one day as “Earth Day”. Sure, it’s a nice gesture and a way to increase awareness. But let’s face it, great habits and intentions that only last one day really don’t help much in the long run. To really make great progress in helping the environment, we need to take those good intentions and great habits people learn about on Earth Day and practice them all year long, thus making every day “Earth Day”!
Although Earth Day is now over, I hope it’s not forgotten. If you want want some ideas for living greener and making every day Earth Day, I came across a few books that can help you.
The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference
The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference, by Jodi Helmer, offers 365 simple, practical, and affordable things you can do to go green. By offering a simple idea each day, it makes going green less of a burden. The ideas also include a “why” behind them – why it’s good for the environment and the reader – and a “how to” if any activity requires them. The ideas include both commonly known ideas as well as some little-known ways to help.
365 Ways to Live Green: Your Everyday Guide to Saving the Environment
365 Ways to Live Green: Your Everyday Guide to Saving the Environment, by Diane Gow McDilda, also features 365 ideas for living green. The book teaches you a variety of things such as how to invest in green technology and stocks, how to clean anything with green products you make yourself, wear eco-friendly clothes and accessories, buy food free of hidden unhealthy ingredients, and much more. Looking at the table of contents (you can look inside the book on Amazon.com) I like how the book is organized. It lists the choices you can make when furnishing your house, when celebrating a holiday, when taking care of yourself, when choosing how to build, etc.
365 Way to Live Green for Kids: Saving the Environment at Home, School, or at Play – Every Day!
365 Ways to Live Green for Kids: Saving the Environment at Home, School, or at Play–Every Day!, by Sheri Amsel, also has tips for every day of the year. Some of the ideas include: reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling, why we should keep the air, oceans, and forests pollution-free, why organic food is tastier—and better—for you, and how to protect plants and animals, and much more. Take a look at the table of contents on Amazon.com – it’s pretty impressive!
365 Ways to Save the Earth
365 Ways to Save the Earth, by Philippe Bourseiller, each two-page spread includes a photograph of nature paired with an action the reader can take to help save the earth. The subjects range from automobile use and recycling to shopping and leisure and health and the workplace. Also from Amazon.com “with 145 previously unseen images by Bourseiller and an entirely new text based on up-to-the-minute environmental research, this book is an indispensable tool for anyone hoping to take part in preserving the planet“.
The Little Green Book: 365 Ways to Love the Planet
The Little Green Book: 365 Ways to Love the Planet, by Joseph Provey, contains 365 short tips, tasks, and facts designed to help you live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, at work, home, and play. Also from Amazon.com, “the information is nontechnical in nature and designed to appeal to the average reader. The book will cover a wide range of topics, including gardening, saving natural resources, saving the environment, going “green” at work, community activism, and the like“.
If you want more choices for books on living green, eco-friendly, and sustainably there are many more books on the subject on Amazon.com. And don’t forget my previous post about Earth Day, Green, and Eco-Friendly Children’s Books.