Small changes can have big impact on Earth Day

Published 10:09 am Wednesday, April 19, 2017

On April 22, 1970, 20 million people celebrated the first Earth Day.

Since that time, our planet has faced many environmental challenges, but we have also made great strides in protecting and preserving our natural resources. This year, Earth Day will be celebrated Saturday.

Kentuckians across our Commonwealth will be hosting celebrations to honor our earth. You can do your part by pledging to make our environment a safer, healthier place to live, work and play.

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At home, save energy by turning off lights, appliances and electronics when not in use.

Pay bills online if possible.

In your backyard, compost yard waste and fruit and vegetable scraps in a compost pile.

In our community, organize or participate in trash clean-up events.

At your job site, take advantage of technology. Email documents and messages whenever possible. Post items such as newsletters, upcoming events and fliers on the Internet.

On the farm, never burn tires, gasoline, Styrofoam, glass or plastics. When these are burned, they can release harmful chemicals that can get into our bodies from the air we breathe and the food we eat.

By making just these few simple changes in your every day routine you too can do your part in caring for our earth.

Happy Earth Day!

For more information contact the Clark County Extension Office at 744-4682 or visit us on the web at

Jennifer Howard is the Clark County Extension Agent for family and consumer sciences.