Lions are going green to protect the planet.   Join Lions across the globe in their effort to plant a million trees.

Lion across the globe are attempting to bring awareness to protecting our environment.  We all want to protect our planet, but we are mostly too busy, or too lazy to put up big change that would improve our lifestyle and save the environment.  Let me give you some simple habits to implement in your everyday life which will make a difference.  There is nothing new here but if you follow at least some of these tips, you can be proud of yourself participating in the protection of the environment and help in bringing awareness in our communities.

Save Energy & Fuel: The electricity used over the lifetime of a single incandescent bulbs costs 5 to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself.  Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) bulbs have revolutionized energy-efficient lightning.  CFLs are simply miniature versions of full-sized fluorescents.  It is true that these bulbs are more expensive, but they last much longer and they can save energy and in the long term your electricity bill would be reduced.  Turn off your devices when you leave a room (even if you intent to return).  It is an easy habit to take up which will help you save a lot of money.  Walk, or cycle – driving is one of the biggest causes of pollution.  If you want to use your car, ask yourself the following question: do I really need my car?  Walk, or use your bike if the journey is a short one.
Donate:  You have tons of clothes, or things you want to get rid of.  If they are still useable, give them to someone who needs them line home for destitute, orphanage homes, etc.  Not only will you protect the environment, but you will also contribute to a good cause.  Most importantly recycle your eyeglasses.  The Alaska recycling center recycles 40,000 eye classes each year providing sight to many areas in our own State along with the World.

Rainwater:  Think of recovering rainwater.  This water can be used for different purposes.  You can start implementing Rain Harvesting pits awareness in our communities.  Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off.  Its uses include water for garden, water for livestock, water for irrigation, water for domestic use with proper treatment, and indoor heating for houses, etc.  Ground water resource gets naturally recharged through percolation. But due to indiscriminate development and rapid urbanization, exposed surface for soil has been reduced drastically with resultant reduction in percolation of rainwater, thereby depleting ground water resource.

Clean Air:  Get a tune-up.   Properly maintained vehicles get better gas mileage and emit fewer pollutants.  Do not burn your yard waste.  It is illegal in many areas because burning yard waste releases mold spores, soot and carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.  Park the car.  Walk, bike or use mass-transit whenever you can.  Vehicle traffic is a major contributor to smog.

Save Water:  Wash a full load of laundry.  Your washing machine uses 40 gallons of water.  Run it full, or adjust the water level to the size of your load.  Do not let water run while you shave, or brush your teeth.  Turn it on only when you need it.  Every minute the faucet runs, five gallons of water go down the drain.  Take a shorter shower.  Switch to a low-flow shower head.  Repair leaky faucets and toilets.  You can tell if the toilet leaks by putting food coloring in the tank.  If color shows up in the bowl without flushing, there is a leak.

Clean Land:  Recycle, if your community does not offer a recycling program.  Paper or plastic?  Better yet, take a cloth bag to the grocery store and re-use each time you shop.  Use both sides of paper.  Set your copier to make double-sided copies and you will substantially reduce your paper use.  Use rechargeable batteries.  Many batteries contain metals that are better kept out of landfills.

If you would like to learn more about Lions visit www.lionsclubs.org, www.eagleriverlions.com, www.sleepingladylions.org.  Find us on Facebook for a list of events.  If these do not work for you give me a call, Karen at 242-1129.

Karen Burns, District Governor