Fun fact: TDS and Earth Day are almost the same age.

Fifty years ago, TDS was born out of founder LeRoy Carlson’s desire to connect members of small town communities to the rest of the country through exceptional telephone service. Just a year later, former U.S. Senator and Wisconsin native Gaylord Nelson hosted the first Earth Day after witnessing the aftermath of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill.

TDS started with only 10 small, rural phone companies, but Earth day started with 20 million Americans who took action in their communities and made a difference. By 1974, TDS had grown to 205 communities and 17 states; by then, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was formed leading to the passage of groundbreaking legislation like the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Just as customers’ appetite for new technology has grown, so has the need for environmental consciousness and stewardship. Since today is Earth Day, we’re doing our part and sharing information on how we all can help.

This year’s Earth Day theme is Protecting Our Endangered Species. Why? Because largely due to human action throughout the past hundred years, the planet is currently facing the greatest rate of extinction since the dinosaurs were lost over 6o million years ago.

Below are five things you can do to help ensure our planet maintains the bio-diversity that makes it so special.

1) Recycle and buy sustainable products.
Buy recycled paper and sustainable products like bamboo and Forest Stewardship Council wood products to protect forest species. Scientists say the best way to protect endangered species is to protect the special places they live. TDS tip: bring your own mug, cup, silverware and a plate/bowl to work so you don’t have to rely on disposables.

2) Learn about the endangered species in your community. 
Teach your friends and family about the wonderful wildlife, birds, fish and plants that live near you. TDS tip: share wildlife photos from your corner of the world on your social media accounts to help build awareness and appreciation.

3) Make your home wildlife friendly.
Provide habitat for wildlife by planting native vegetation in your yard. Native plants provide food and shelter for native wildlife. Attracting native insects like bees and butterflies can help pollinate your plants.

4) Avoid use of herbicides and pesticides.
Herbicides and pesticides may keep yards looking nice but they are highly hazardous pollutants that affect wildlife at many levels. Consider buying natural herbicides or even make your own.

5) Report any harassment or shooting of threatened and endangered species.
Harassing wildlife is cruel and illegal. If you see something that makes you concerned, reach out to local authorities.

6) Recycle your electronics.

For more ideas on how to help save endangered species today, and every day, head to the Endangered Species Collation’s website.


Image courtesy of Flickr user daniela lyra.

Guest blogger: Garrett Seymour

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