April Cause Area
Earth Day 2022 will be celebrated on April 22. This year’s theme is “Invest in Our Planet”. EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet.
In addition to highlighting our Environment Cause Area this month we will be celebrating Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). Global Youth Service Day is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world and the only one that celebrates and builds the capacity of all youth ages 5-25 to help our communities and democracy thrive by working together for the common good (https://ysa.org/campaigns/gysd/). This year GYSD is celebrated April 29 – May 1. Please check back soon for more details on projects.
Forest and Trail Maintenance at Big Trees Forest Preserve
The Big Trees Forest Preserve is a beautiful, unique 30-acre Fulton County Tree, Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary. Pebble Tossers partners with the Big Trees Forest Preserve to provide volunteers on the second Saturday of each month to help preserve the forest. Click here for more information and to register for the April 10th event.
Gardening at Lost Corner
Do you love to be outdoors and learn about plants, gardening and nature? Friends of Lost Corner (FOLC) is a non-profit group created in conjunction with the City of Sandy Springs to help make the Lost Corner Preserve, a beautiful 24 acre preserve and usable recreation area for residents to enjoy. They host volunteer workdays on the second Saturday of the month. Click here for details and to register to volunteer.
BeltLine Beautification Project
The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project and one of the largest urban redevelopment programs in the United States. Join us on the 3rd Saturday of every month to beautify our adopted section of the BeltLine. Click here to register to volunteer and for more information. Haven’t joined Pebble Tossers yet? Join us on April 16 to learn more about Pebble Tossers and volunteer with us.
Earth Day Hike with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
April 22, 2022 More information coming soon. The hike will take place in the Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area. Click here for registration details.
Global Youth Service Day with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Global Youth Service Day – April 30, 2022
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper works to protect and restore the Chattahoochee River Basin. Volunteer cleanup events on the Chattahoochee River make a tangible difference in the health of our watershed and wildlife. Celebrate Global Youth Service Day with Pebble Tossers and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper on April 22 for a Clean Up Day. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK): will be hosting an event on April 30. This is scheduled to be a Paddle clean Up event. More details on the CRK event and other GYSD events are coming soon.
Pitch in at the Recycling Center
Multiple Saturdays throughout the month. Keep North Fulton Beautiful is an environmental non-profit that provides education and conservation programs to the communities of Johns Creek and Sandy Springs. Volunteers are needed to guide customers to the correct bin for their recyclables, assist in collecting items, sort incoming recyclables, and bale cardboard and plastics so that our materials are ready to be recycled into new products. Click here to register.
Every Day Can be Earth Day
Click here for 52 actions and tips to invest in the Earth each day of the year
Fun Recycling Activities & Test Your Recycling IQ
Communities for Recycling, is a national initiative, led by The Recycling Partnership, to increase recycling, protecting our planet by collecting more recyclables and using fewer natural resources. Click here to learn more about recycling activities.
How Can You Minimize Your Environmental Impact?
Below is a list of ways we can conserve resources and minimize our environmental impact along the way.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise to blow rising hot air back down towards you. (Energy.gov)
- Turn the thermostat back 10-15° F for eight hours when you’re asleep or out of the house. If you do the same in the summer (backing off the a/c) you can save around 10% per year on your heating and cooling bills.
- Wash dishes in an ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher instead of by hand to cut utility bills. Run full loads as much as possible.
- Switch the five most frequently used lights or bulbs in your home for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR label, and you can save about $45 each year.
- Cutting it close? Raise the blade on your mower to let the longer blades of grass shade each other. Aside from cutting down on weeds, this shade reduces evaporation from the plants, meaning the lawn requires less watering from you.
- When it’s time to replace an item in your home, consider buying used! There are many attractive vintage items available for purchase, and opting to reuse rather than buy new reduces the amount of waste that will need to be send to landfills.
- Don’t drive aggressively! On top of being unsafe, speeding, rapid acceleration, and sharp braking waste gas, thus lowering the car’s gas mileage by 15-30% at highway speeds.
- Regularly clean and replace your cooling unit’s air filter to lower the unit’s energy consumption by 5-15%. This is the quickest way to save energy on home cooling!
- Skip the line at the drive-through. If you’re idling your car for more than 10 seconds, you’re likely using more fuel than you would to turn the engine off and restart it. Instead, park the car and head inside.
- Walk or bike to school if possible, or ride the bus instead of driving. If driving is necessary, create a neighborhood carpool! Not headed to school?Consider using mass transit to get to where you need to go.
- Up for a challenge? Calculate your water footprint and get ideas for reducing your water use at home. See if you can conserve enough water to beat the national average of water use!
- Think beyond paper and plastic. If you have old electronics on your hands, look for local recycling options. Many electronics stores will accept old computers, phones, appliances, and television sets to recycle for free.