“Invest in Our Planet.”
For over 50 years, people worldwide have celebrated Earth Day annually on April 22. It is a day to promote awareness of the health and safety of our environment.
Earth Day is more than just wearing something green and a flower crown. It is a day set aside to come together and beautify our communities. To learn how we can adapt and change how we live to become more environmentally friendly.
A friend introduced me to the importance of recycling years ago and how I could help our environment and the future of our planet. I started with recycling cardboard, aluminum cans, and glass.
However, I did not realize then how much I was already doing every day, for instance, going paperless to save trees, using the dishwasher to save water and energy, and planting flowers that would benefit birds and bees.
Earth Day means more than recycling.
I researched the web and found 10 things we can do right away to help improve our environment daily.
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle by cutting down on what you dispose of in your trash cans.
- Volunteer for cleanups in your community.
- Educate yourself and help others to learn and understand the importance of every day should be Earth Day.
- Conserve water; for example, turn the water off until you are ready to rinse from brushing your teeth (bonus, you will save on your water bill too).
- Take a reusable shopping bag when buying groceries and other items.
- Plant a tree to help fight against climate change.
- Use longer-lasting light bulbs that are more energy efficient. Turn your lights off when you leave a room to save energy (and you will save on your electric bill).
- Choose non-toxic chemicals to use around your home and office.
- Drive less by using a bike, bus, or carpool.
- Vote using your power to vote on environmental and climate leadership and policies.
We can still do so much more to implement change in our everyday lives to help. Here are a couple of resources to start https://www.earthday.org/ and https://nationaltoday.com/earth-day/.
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