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Celebrate Arbor Day – Plant a Tree

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A visit to Nebraska today wouldn’t disclose that the state was once a treeless plain. Yet it was the lack of trees there that led to the founding of Arbor Day in the 1800s. Among pioneers moving into the Nebraska Territory in 1854 was J. Sterling Morton. He and his wife were lovers of nature, and the home they established in Nebraska was quickly planted with trees, shrubs and flowers. Morton was a journalist and soon became editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper – through which he spread agricultural information and his enthusiasm for trees to an equally enthusiastic audience. His fellow pioneers missed their trees. But more importantly, trees were needed as windbreaks to keep soil from blowing and for fuel and building materials, as well as shade from the hot sun. In 1872, Morton first proposed a tree planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.

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Earth Day

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Earth Day 2015 takes place April 22nd.

Cities across the world host different events in observance of Earth Day. To find out more, visit your local cities website for celebration events.

In observance of Earth Day, below are 12 budget-friendly ways to make your home more eco-friendly:
1. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
2. Replace your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs or CLFs.
3. Install a low flow toilet or a dual flush toilet. The dual flush toilets allow you to select which flush option (big or small) is needed. This can help significantly reduce the amount of fresh water we ‘flush down the drain’.
4. Only use the dishwasher when there is a full load. Alternatively, hand-wash dishes if you don’t have full loads. If hand-washing, remember to turn off the water while you’re scrubbing to prevent waste.
5. Take showers more often, instead of baths. Showers usually require 3 times less water than baths.
6. Use natural light more often. It’s daylight savings time; make use of the longer days by opening your blinds and curtains to enjoy the natural light instead of turning on lights.
7. Grow plants!
8. Buy recycled toilet paper and napkins.
9. Buy organic bedding. Organic bedding uses fewer chemicals for production.
10. Recycle or unsubscribe to junk mail. In addition, sign up for online bill pay to avoid paper bills.
11. ‘Repurpose’ furniture instead of buying something new. Salvaging/’repurposing’ old furniture can be both a cost-saving and fun activity.
12. Use cloth diapers instead of traditional disposable diapers.

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