Turn off the lights, buy local, ride your bike: How to make every day Earth Day

Sun Journal
Posted 2021-04-21

The world celebrated its first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, and for its 51st anniversary local environmentalists and leaders were hoping to spread around their suggestions for how they care for the planet and how Mainers can do their part.

Sam Belknap of the Island Institute’s Climate Solutions team said everyone can do simple things like lowering the thermostat in the winter and turning off the lights when you leave a room.

“Then tell neighbors how much money that is saving you,” he said.

Get smart about how you shop by buying locally and only what you need and learning how to properly dispose of any waste.

“Going local for food definitely matters,” Belknap said.

“Maine seafood is some of the best stuff from a protein value, health value, that you can get,” he said. “By sourcing that as close to home, not only are you helping the local economy, but reducing the carbon footprint.”

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