Thursday, May 27, 2021

5 Ways to Green Your Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day is considered the official start of the summer seasons here in the United States. Here are 5 ways you can green your Memorial Day weekend.

1. Learn how make a great vegan barbecue. There are lots of wonderful ways to make veggies the star of a cookout. I am particularly fond of grilled corn, eggplant, and tomato and zucchini skewers. If you want to get really showy, get out the paella pan and make a vegan paella using veggie sausages and lots of extra vegetables. To see how to make a paella on the grill check out the video linked here.

2. Visit a national park or monument. We have 63 national parks and 129 national monuments in the United States. Why not take a weekend trip to visit one of them?

3. Reset your water heater and air conditioner. Now that the summer is looming, many of us are turning to air conditioning to beat the heat in our homes. Why not take a moment to take stock of how they are set? Most of us like warm or hot showers in the winter to warm up, but we don't need that heat in the summer. Lower the setting of your hot water heater to save energy and consider setting timers on your air conditioner and water heater so that they are in use only when needed.

4. Take a trash hike. Many of us go out hiking during this weekend. Take along a garbage bag and pick up some trash along the way. You'll get extra exercise benefits from all the bending and squatting.

5. Sequester some carbon. If you have the space, plant a tree. If not, consider purchasing some carbon credits for yourself or a loved one. There are many companies out there working on amazing carbon sequestration projects. Terrapass is and example of one company where you can purchase individual carbon credits. 

If you have any other ideas for greening Memorial Day, leave them in the comments. The most important thing is to have fun and to take a moment to honor those who have lost their lives in service to our country.

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