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Saving our Environment - In Your Community

There are many more things you can do in your home and community to protect your local environment and the planet as a whole.

• Organize a tree planting program.

• Organize a beach clean-up.

• Organize a fund raiser and donate the proceeds to your favorite environmental group.

• If there is an environmental issue in your community that concerns you — start your own campaign.

• Get involved in one of the many local environmental groups in your area that work on issues ranging from local air and water pollution to effective community recycling programs.

• Start a community curb-side composting program (click here for tips on environmentally friendly composting). You can then sell the compost to gardeners and nurseries to help cover your costs.

• Write your local energy utility asking them to promote energyefficient programs, give customers financial incentives to use energy efficient appliances and begin planning to provide alternatives to fossil fuels and nuclear power.

• Start a paint exchange with your neighbours. Use the opportunity to educate your friends and neighbours about environmentally sound paint use.

• Set up a “pollution patrol” to report any signs of pollution in your local rivers, lakes, air and land.

• Make your community bicycle-friendly.
• Conduct an environmental audit of City Hall. Put together a list of environmental questions to ask your representative, city staff and caretakers. Ask them about heating, light bulbs, lawn care, purchasing policies, cleaning supplies, etc. Use the information you gather to suggest changes. Give copies of the results to the people you spoke with and send a copy to your local newspaper or environmental group.

• Lobby your politicians, council members and company leaders. Tell them your concerns and ask them to clean up their acts.