Earth Day is the one day where you have a chance to help the environment, right?
Actually, you can help the environment any day of the year, by recycling paper, glass, metal and plastic bottles, by planting new trees and shrubs and by conserving your electricity and water.
Planting trees helps prevent global climate change, but it also conserves energy by providing a windbreak in the winter and shade in the summer. The Arbor Day Foundation Web site (www.arborday.org) is a good source of information on the benefits of planting trees.
The plastic bags you get at the grocery store are useful, cheap and strong. But they are bad for the environment. They biodegrade very slowly, and, if they get into waterways, they can suffocate wildlife. According to the National Geographic Green Guide (www.thegreenguide.com), plastic shopping bags can only be recycled into products with long life spans like plastic shopping baskets.