Earth Day, celebrating environmental wellness, and finding your purpose
Happy Earth Day to our big, beautiful Earth! Earth Day is a reminder that Mother Nature should not just be celebrated for one day, but all year round. Remember, momma knows best. This is the perfect time to evaluate your environmental wellness and find your purpose within your community. Here are 10 tips to help you achieve just that!
1. Transportation. You heard it from me: It’s cool to carpool. Carpooling not only saves time, money, gas, but the environment too! If carpooling isn’t realistic try walking or riding a bike instead of a driving when you have nearby destination.
2. Scoop the poop. Your dog’s poop that is! Be a good neighbor and pick up after your pooch. Odds are your neighborhood has rules that require you to. Not convinced? Their droppings if left unscooped, have the potential to transmit diseases and get into our water systems. No one wants that! Earth is our home and you wouldn’t want someone dropping off the nasties at your house.
3. Straws. Stop the suck. When ordering drinks politely decline the straw. Most of all straws end up in landfills. Like most other plastic, it can also end up in the oceans and hurt the marine life. Because of their composition, some plastic will not degrade for hundreds of years! Some places, like the Philippines are making a statement (1). However, companies like McDonald's are catching on and doing something about it (2). McDonald's is planning to trial out paper straws which can be composted.
4. Unplug electronics. Your home probably has some energy vampires. For example, do you only use your toaster every now and then, but keep it plugged in all the time? You are wasting your money. All electronics whether turned on or off use electricity if plugged in. Pull the plug when not in use, save energy, and save some money on your next bill.
5. Enroll in online billing. Save the trees and your mail carrier some time by signing up in online billing. This may seem like a small task, but all that paper really does add up over time.
6. Reusable bottle. Americans alone use over 50 billion plastic bottles a year (3)! Think about where those bottles are now: in the ocean, in a landfill, or on the sidewalk. Save yourself money, save the environment, and invest in your health by carrying a reusable bottle wherever you go.
7. Vegetation. Try your hand at gardening. Start small perhaps with house plants, then try an outdoor garden. Gardening can be a wonderful hobby that not only helps Mother Earth, but can provide you food if you plant produce. Remember, plants release oxygen and intake carbon dioxide. They are literally filters for what us humans output daily! If you have the space, try planting trees in your yard too.
8. BYOB. I’m talking about grocery bags! Get your mind off of the party scene. Reusable grocery bags are all the rage and for good reason! Invest in these bags so you don’t have to use the paper or plastic bags at the grocery store. Even better, due to the material, if you try to bring in all the bags in one trip, they are less likely to break compared to the paper and plastic ones!
9. Recycle. You’d be surprised how much recyclable material you have. If you don’t have curbside pickup, find a recycling drop off center near you. This simple step could mean what once could have been trash in a landfill will get re-purposed into something else. Ah the circle of life. Now you can walk away proudly with that warm, fuzzy feeling that you did your part. I’m proud of you for it!
10. Take care of yourself. In all this talk about taking care of your environment remember to take care of yourself first. Your closest environment is the body, in which you live you. Start there, and then treat your surroundings with love and kindness. Before you know it, you will be making big impact with small changes.
We were all put on this earth for a reason. Some people spend their whole life searching for it. Where are you on your journey and how do you want your story to be told? Your decisions and actions now, impact not only your future but the future of those who have yet to come. The power is in your hands. One action today changes the outcomes of tomorrow, and I know you’ve got it in you.
“The world doesn’t want to be saved. It wants to be loved. (That’s how you save it.)”- Unknown
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