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Top 10 Ways for Adults to be GREEN

1. Support zoos, aquariums, and wildlife conservation organizations.
Most of us have a zoo or aquarium close by. American Zoo and Aquarium (AZA) organizations work diligently for conservation of wildlife and wild places. Your support helps them with this great cause.

2. Vote!
Let lawmakers know your opinions on legislation that affects wildlife, air quality, water quality, public lands, and more. Protecting our environment is something that we need to do together.

3. Use your car wisely.
In today’s society, we need our cars to get around. But do we need them as much as we use them? Consider walking or riding a bike short distances. Use public transportation when available. And, when driving, don’t allow your car to idle. If your car is parked, and you are waiting, turn off the engine until you are ready to ride again.

4. Think conservation when you shop.
Buy items that have minimal packaging. Whenever it is possible, buy products in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging. Bring your own shopping bags to the grocery store. Buy recycled materials to complete the recycling loop.

5. Wash cars on grass or gravel.
When you wash your car on concrete, the runoff goes directly into the storm sewer. By washing your car on the grass or gravel, water soaks into the ground. This process also naturally filters soap from the water, reducing the amount of soap that enters rivers and streams.

6. Prevent erosion.
By making wise landscaping choices, you can help prevent erosion of your land. Use natural plants to secure the soil in your yard. Many nurseries will be able to provide you with a list of native plants and trees that will prevent erosion and attract wildlife to your backyard.

7. Install energy efficient lighting and appliances.
By installing compact fluorescent light bulbs and energy saving appliances, you can save big money on electric bills and help the environment. Using less electricity is good for the earth and your wallet. Another perk – compact fluorescent light bulbs last up to four times as long as traditional bulbs.

8. Use fertilizer and pesticides cautiously.
Runoff from lawn fertilizers can be damaging to rivers and streams and the animals and plants that live in those habitats. Make wise choices about your yard. Think of the earth first.

9. Do not buy wild animals.
Some pet stores may sell parrots, snakes, and other animals that have been captured in the wild. The loss of these animals from their native habitats can harm that ecosystem. And the illegal pet trade is one reason that some species are threatened or endangered in the wild. Carefully check that any pets you buy were bred in captivity and not taken from the wild.

10. Share your information about helping the environment with others.
By talking with friends and family about how we can help the environment, you are doing one of the most important jobs of all. Educating others and sharing your joy in wildlife and their habitats is a great way to inspire caring.