Earth Day is Every Day
Earth Day began way back in 1970 in an effort to help highlight the importance of our planet and all that it provides. Attention was drawn to how resources were being used (and misused), how protection was for everyone, and how even the smallest act of environmental kindness was a good first step in conserving and protecting our home.
That's why Earth Day, while celebrated on April 22 every year, is an important day to remember, it's also a call to act in the service of our home every other day, as well. Because, it's these little acts of service that add up to a healthy, wonderful, sustainable ecosystem that we can feel proud to leave our children (and their children!)
So, what are these little acts? What can you do everyday?
Plant a Tree
Okay, this may not be a small every day act, but it's a simple thing to do. You can purchase from a local nursery or donate to worldwide tree movements. Planting a tree improves your local environment in so many different ways, and when done in concert with others who choose to plant a tree, a movement occurs.
According to studies done by the EPA, organic wastes, such as food, paper, and yard materials make up nearly HALF of our yearly landfill additives. Composting at home will reduce water use, energy use, and add to your home garden as a positive additive.
Alternate Your Commute
You don't have to drive to work everyday, even with the increase in working from home. Find an alternative to reduce your car use. Consider carpooling. If you've got the desire and it's feasible, biking to work will reduce car emissions AND give you some great exercise. Every car we can get off of the highways, is a big breathe of fresh air for Earth's lungs.
Host a clothing swap
Again, this isn't something you'd do every day, but it is something that would make you reconsider buying that beautiful new shirt that you just gotta have. Textiles make up about 10% of the landfill mix, and while that's not really THAT much, they just don't break down. Clothing takes so much water to produce and, eventually, when that garment is done with, it will sit in the landfill for years before decomposing. Swap your outdated clothes with someone who wants them. Look at rummage sales and thrift stores for your next cool look. You can save some money and save the Earth. Sounds like a win/win situation.
What tips do you have that you'd recommend for people looking to change their lifestyles? How would you change your lifestyle?