You needn't do everything at once, and you needn't change your lifestyle or live in misery to make a difference. Instead, try an incremental approach. It starts with simply being aware of how much you and your family are consuming, where it comes from and where it goes.
We now track our electric, gas and water consumption monthly, comparing each current month to the same month over the past three years. We also try to be conscious of how much garbage we're throwing out and what's in it, while doing our best to increase recycling. And we're soon going to start tracking gasoline usage as well.
If you set a goal of reducing your energy and water consumption, while increasing recycling efforts, each year, you'll know you're headed in the right direction.
You'll find a lot of tips in some of the "back-pages" of this blog--things that have worked for us. So take advantage of today's Earth Day festivities to take stock and begin a plan for the future.