Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2009


Rejoice Druids of Azeroth, for it is Earth Day! And while Blizzard has no in game events tied to the Holiday, there is no reason why we shouldn’t celebrate, both in and out of game.

What’s the big deal with Earth Day, anyway? Just like we have Mother’s Day to celebrate our mothers, and Valentine’s Day to show how much we love our significant others, Earth Day is a day set aside to show our support and love for our Earth, our Environment, and what we can do to protect it for the generations to come. And just like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, it isn’t a message we should show just once a year, but a day to higlight our feelings we have the whole year through.

We only get one planet to call home, so we should protect it and keep it strong and healthy. Even if you only show your love for the Earth once a year on Earth Day, every little bit you can do adds up.

But I’m just one person, how can I make a difference? Even if you just recycle just one Mountain Dew can, you are making a difference by keeping garbage out of the landfill. If you turn the lights off in other rooms when you settle into your computer room for a night of raiding, you will reduce your energy consumption, and lessen your energy bill in the process. When it is time to get rid of old computer parts, look into recycling instead of just tossing them out in the trash – some recyclers will also pay you for computer parts that contain metals such as gold.

Want more ideas how to make your gaming more Eco-Friendly? Check out my post on Earth Hour.

Of course, you can do more than just greening up your gaming. Here are some tips that are easy and don’t take much time (or money) at all.

  • Start Recycling! Many things, from yesterday’s newspaper to empty Mountain Dew cans can be recycled. Unsure of what can be recycled? Check out Earth911.com for tips. Unsure of if you can recycle? Contact your town (or your apartment complex) for laws on recycling.
  • Start Composting! Composting helps in many ways: it reduces what you throw out, it creates wonderful rich compost for your gardens, and also helps make you more aware of what you are wasting. Apple cores, grass clippings, coffee grounds, pet hair, and egg shells, among many things, are compostable. And contrary to popular belief, a well maintained compost pile does not smell. For more info, see Wired’s Wiki.
  • Turn of the faucet when you brush your teeth! Brushing your teeth is a great way to keep yourself healthy. Turning off the water while you brush is a great way to keep the planet healthy. And just like flipping off the light switch when you leave a room, this will save you money in the long run.
  • Eat Vegetarian! I am personally a vegetarian for lots of reasons, but a great reason to eat vegetarian just once a week (or month) is that will help cut down on emissions: both from the trucks used to transport, but from the cows themselves. “Cows are responsible for 20 percent of U.S. emissions of methane, which traps 20 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.” (source)

So what am I doing for Earth Day? Working, and Raiding. I wish I could have spent some time outside today, but my work schedule and the weather aren’t really co-operating. However, this weekend it is supposed to be sunny and warm! I plan on setting up my compost bin this weekend, doing some much needed yard work, doing some spring cleaning, and going to see Disney Nature’s new movie: Earth. It should also be mentioned that for every ticket sold to the movie for opening week, Disney will plant a tree in your honor.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

(Image Copyright SuperKathoid 2008)

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