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It's Earth Day, and for a lot of black folks, sadly, that doesn't mean much. But at The Root, we're trying to do our best by the environment. Don't worry. It's easy being green. To get started, here are seven tips to help you put your best green foot forward.

1. Recycle

2. Become a Straphanger

3. Go From Four Wheels to Two

4. Keep a Green House

5. Get a Green Job

6. Be Efficient

7. Go Meatless on Mondays

Dayo Olopade is a Washington reporter for The Root.

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