Every April 22, all around the world, we celebrate our great planet.
The day is meant to remind us why we love our beautiful pale dot, while also bringing awareness to the problems it faces, our role in these issues and what we can do to help fix them.
The idea for Earth Day is courtesy of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who sought to bring environmental awareness to the masses after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. He decided to combine an environmental awareness movement with the student anti-war movements that were happening across campuses in America. April 22 was chosen as it fell in between spring break and final exams. Around 20 million people came together to demonstrate and bring awareness to emerging concerns about pollution and endangered species.
From that first protest, to the countless efforts that are made around the world on a daily basis, those necessary changes have begun. From limiting the amount of plastic we buy, to making sure we leave as small as footprint as possible when travelling, we all play a part in contributing to a healthier planet, for ourselves and our children.
Here are 10 easy ways you can make a difference from where you are, with what you have.
- Walking: Walking is fun! And good for you, and while you walk, you aren’t contributing to carbon dioxide emissions belched out by cars.
- Learn to love leftovers: Throwing away last night’s leftovers is a waste! Instead, get creative and find a new way to use the extra food, or freeze it for later.
- Online shopping: Making purchases online usually involves using less energy and carbon dioxide emissions than shopping in-store.
- Grow a garden: Growing your own organic food is not only helpful to the environment, it’s good for your soul!
- Carpooling: Sharing a ride is an easy and social way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
- Use reusable coffee cups: According to data, the average person might use up to 500 reusable cups in a year! This number can be brought drastically down by bringing your own reusable mug with you when visiting your local coffee shop.
- Get naked: When it comes to packaging, that is! Choose products that use little to no packaging, or that use sustainable packaging and sustainable best practices in their manufacturing.
- Choose a 100 mile diet: Selecting foods grown within a 100 mile radius has a positive impact on the environment and on your health, too!
- Buy in bulk: It’s a WIN-WIN situation for both your wallet and the environment.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Of course, whenever and wherever possible. Choose to reduce your food waste, your use of plastic, and use sustainable methods whenever you can.
If we all continue our efforts for a more sustainable planet—every day, not just Earth Day—it will make a huge difference for future generations.