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Earth Day Doings

Hi, friends! It’s the last full week of April--can you believe it? It will be time for barbeques, pool parties and camping before you know it. Speaking of all these outdoor activities, did you know that today is Earth Day? I think we all know what this day entails, but I would like to delve a little deeper and see how we can change the planet!

Let’s start with a little history about this day. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and is now celebrated annually in more than 192 countries (whoa)! The idea behind this day is to honor our Earth, promote a sense of peace, and educate everyone on how to protect our environment. An estimated 500 million people will participate in Earth Day this year. Will you be one of them? It’s very easy to take part, just see below:

• Make sure all faucets are turned off and not dripping

• Plant a tree; you don’t have to do this every day, but you catch my drift

• Recycle, of course

• Turn off lights when you are not using them

• Donate anything you no longer need to a shelter

• Clean up any litter you see (unless it’s too gross, then I would suggest not to)

• Walk or ride your bike around when you can

While most of the above-mentioned steps are common knowledge, I do have a few statistics that were shocking to find out. Did you know that if 100,000 people stopped their junk mail it would save 150,000 trees annually? Or that one gallon of used motor oil can contaminate 1 million gallons of water? Also, the population has more than doubled from 1950 to 2000, while the demand for water has nearly tripled!

We here at WinStar, we try to do our part in keeping the planet clean. We have:

• Automatic faucets are used in the bathrooms to conserve water

• Paper recycle bins are used in the offices at WinStar

• 100 trees have been planted within the last two years

When it comes to keeping our Earth healthy, there are so many ways you can make a positive impact, no matter how big or small. I am kind of fond of our Earth, and I would like for future generations to be able to enjoy it as we have. Thank you for reading yet another blog of mine. Now, let’s go change the world!