Mother Earth says ‘clean your room’

Rasa Kaye
April 18, 2019 - 1:08 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Greetings, Earthlings!

April has become the month when we show the planet proof of our love and devotion by cleaning up our rooms, as it were, with events all over the Philly metro area on and around April 22, aka Earth Day.

Earth Day launched in 1970, the same day President Richard Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency. Happy 49th, EPA!

This year begins the countdown to the half-century celebration in 2020. The Earth Day Network calls itself the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in almost 200 countries to build environmental democracy. It aims to get even more concerned citizens involved by notching 3 billion “acts of green” by Earth Day’s 50th anniversary next year.

At Entercom, we call these eco-friendly personal decisions “1Thing,” ranging from cleaning up a park to cleaning out toxins stored in your garage; taking a bike to work or a reusable water bottle to the gym; hooking your home up to a solar power grid or your phone to a solar charger; and so on.

What could be your 1Thing for Earth Day? Here's a list of options for you to choose from this year.

You could jump on one of the local events taking place this month. Check them out here and here — and even here. But wait — here, too!

If you’re crunched for time right now, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful cleanups run through May.

The Philadelphia Streets Department hosts cleanups year-round, and your local block captain will welcome your energy whenever you can spare some.

Community cleanups yield a stunning amount of plastic litter. You’ll see disposable plastic in a less casual light after spending some quality time gathering its grossness from public spaces.

Your 1Thing for Earth Day could be to ban it from your personal space — it’s more doable than you think.

Take the Trash Academy’s Reusable Bag Pledge to spurn every plastic bag you’re offered and pack a pouch of your own for shopping. As this project of Mural Arts Philadelphia points out, we use each disposable bag for an average of 12 minutes, but they can lie around in a landfill for centuries.

Strike a blow for a city-wide plastic bag ban as your 1Thing. Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla is hoping to re-introduce legislation to that effect this spring, so you can register your support with his office.

L'tter Free Philly has partnered with the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action on a petition to encourage reusable bags and to jump-start even more action on local trash problems. Sign it here.

The list of possible 1Things you can put into practice is exhaustive, but need not be exhausting.

You can always kick back with the fam and enjoy an eco-movie together, inspiring some green thinking early on in the next generation of sustainability heroes.