Play Green

Free Entertainment Do you like movies, music, Internet, books, magazines or audio books for free? Public Libraries are an amazing (and often overlooked) resource to save money and paper. Plus, signing up for a card is usually free. So instead of buying every book you read, or spending money on several magazine subscriptions, check to see if your local library has it first.

Go Outside Especially in the winter months it’s so tempting to curl up on the couch with a book or a movie. But the more you stay inside, the more likely you are to use more energy in your home. Finding one outdoor activity you enjoy will improve your health and save electricity.

Plant some Seeds Grow you own garden or join a community garden. Keep it real by using native plants and nixing the chemicals. Native plants are easier to maintain, require less fertilizer, water and pest control. Layer on all natural compost and call in beneficial insect reinforcements to take on the pesky garden pests. Remember to water with care and use smart watering habits such as watering early in the day to avoid evaporation. Better yet, if you can add a rain barrel, it’s an inexpensive way to capture mineral and chlorine free water for gardens and yards, as well as washing cars or windows.

Clean Up for Fun Environmental games raise awareness about the importance of caring for the Earth. Try a litter race where teams collect as much litter as they can in an outdoor location such as a park, playground or neighborhood. Create a natural orchestra using only natural materials to create a musical performance. Be creative, there are countless ways to make environmentalism enjoyable for everyone. Playing these games outdoors offers a natural setting, which emphasizes the environmental message. These games work well at schools or at home, and most games adapt to fit different varieties of groups. If you can’t make it outside due to weather or other circumstances, take advantage of all the interactive games on the Internet that educate and raise awareness on environmental issues.