Are you ready to go Green? Earth Day 2011 is coming on April 22. In 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the first Earth Day to increase understanding of the impact everyone has on our planet and asking all people to make positive environmental changes in their communities. On this day, millions of people around the world participate in environmental activities, promote public policy, and educate themselves on how they can make the world a better place to live. You can get involved and celebrate this important day with the help of your mobile apps. Here are some suggestions for individuals of all ages:
You may not be able to go out and plant your own trees to make the world Greener, but with Three Trees app environmental puzzle, you can combine the right mixture of water, air, and sun to grow your virtual trees. This is fun and informative for all ages, individuals and families.
Who says that picture books are just for little kids? The Four Seasons app is a way to enjoy all the different days of the year through an entertaining story that features a friendly gardener who teaches children about keeping a healthy environment and the ways that we all can contribute to this “in the Green” world. You can grow new trees, clean the park, learn about fresh drinking water, shovel snow, and interact with the characters while surprises appear on every page.
Instead of Earth “Day,” the name should be Earth “Year,” and the GoodGuide app will help you keep Green 365 days. When you go shopping, you can easily find the best products for the world. Just scan the barcode and see a detailed rating of health, environment and social responsibility for thousands of items and their companies. Check out how your products for personal care, household cleaners, toys, food and paper products compare on the sustainable ranking.
Why go out and buy something new and add to the world’s clutter? As they say, “Someone’s junk is someone else’s treasures!” With the Swap app, you can participate in exchanges through Swap.com. Just list the books, CDs, movies, and video games that you want to trade or receive from others. You can quickly find out all the items that you can receive for your own items. Clicking on a "GET NOW" link next to an item gives you additional information about both the item and the trader who has it to swap. As soon as the traders agree on their swap, the exchange is complete, and you will get the shipping address for sending your item. You’ll pay Swap.com either $.50 or $1.00 for its services plus shipping costs, but that’s a lot less than going out and buying the product new.
So you and your friends are stuck in the middle of the city with buildings all around you, noisy cars, pollution and crowds of people. You would like to find a quiet, green place to crash. Just look on the GreenMap app, which helps you search for any green event or location, such as farmers’ markets, parks, and, of course city greens, in your area. You can also suggest new green sites, as you travel around your neighborhood or the cities you visit, and they will be added to the app.
On Earth Day and every day, you want to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible. With the iShop Green app, you can find the best alternative products. The app is filled with lots of information about shopping in an environmentally responsible way. Find foods that are organically grown in your community or that you can buy online. Find stores that sell green cleaning products. Find the best in recyclable items. The app also includes social networking and message boards for you to discuss green products and get suggestions and tips. Then share what you learned on Facebook and Twitter.
Speaking of organic foods…why eat vegetables and fruits that were sitting in storage for months, years (?) or that are covered with unhealthy pesticides? Use the Locavore app to find foods that are produced locally or within 100 miles of your home. The Locavore app detects your location and then gives you information on the types of produce in season you can find in your location and what will soon be coming into season. If you are traveling to another state, browse to see where you should stop on your way.
Lastly, with JouleBug app, you can learn how to save hundreds of dollars on your electric bill, earn pins and badges for saving energy, compete against others for making the greatest energy-saving impact, and acquire new ways to conserve energy. This is another app that will give you lots of tips and information, so that you Go Green the whole year long.