Today is Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, a day set aside to remind us that we have to take care of our planet if we want it to take care of us. For example, in Canada, the average ecological footprint in 8.8 global hectares per person (how much we require to sustain our current lifestyle and energy use). Compare that to the fact that only 1.8 biologically productive global hectares exist worldwide for each person. A sobering statistic.

There is any number of things that any of us can do, both today and every other day. It can start with something as simple as turning off a light when no one is in the room, disposing of old batteries in an environmentally friendly fashion rather than just putting them in a garbage can (and watch them end up in a landfill) to recycling old computers and computer gadgets. Engadget has a good summary of companies offering recycling services and you can check out the web sites of any that are not listed.

Earth Day’s official site offers its Top 10 ways that you can help.

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