20 Things You Can Do
to Help Reduce Pollution and Preserve Our Earth

  1. Walk, bicycle, or ride the bus to reduce pollution and save energy.

  2. Bring a reusable bag or knapsack when you shop.

  3. Take shorter showers to save water.

  4. Don't use aerosol spray cans - protect the ozone layer.

  5. Recycle things that are recyclable in your area—newspapers, glass, cans, and more.

  6. Use both sides of a piece of paper before recycling it.

  7. Turn off the light when you leave the room.

  8. Don't release balloons into the air—they can hurt wildlife.

  9. Return bottles that have deposits

  10. Give away or sell usable items that you don't need anymore.

  11. Plant a tree, and then take care of it.

  12. Plant a garden, and eat vegetables from it.

  13. Pack your lunch in a lunch box.

  14. Bring a thermos, not a juice box or throw-away bottle or can.

  15. Recycle used motor oil - don't dump it down the drain or on the ground.

  16. If you have space, start a compost pile in your backyard.

  17. Write a letter to Congress supporting environmental legislation.

  18. Don't buy things that you don't need.

  19. When you are choosing between buying two equal items, pick the one that has less packaging.

  20. Get two friends or family members to do any of the things on this list!

    For more information, contact the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor at 734-995-5888

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