Earth Day is a beautiful concept, but hold on…then why isn’t Earth Day celebrated everyday? How is it so difficult for humankind to become environmentally aware, that they decided to create a single day dedicated to conservation as opposed to being mindful everyday? This doesn’t only happen with Earth Day either, think about it: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving – these are all commemorative days to celebrate and appreciate things that we should be grateful for on a daily basis, not just one day of the year.
However, the idea and passion behind Earth day is still inspiring nonetheless, and on that note here are 10 things that you can do to help the planet EVERYDAY instead of just Earth Day:
- Eat locally and seasonally – and no I don’t mean from your local fish & chip shop! Buying produce from your local farmers market can help to reduce the amount of energy and fuel that goes into importing produce from overseas, and also means no packaging!
- Meat free meal – It’s common knowledge that it takes more energy to produce meat than it does fruits or vegetables, by reducing your meat intake, and instead replacing it with a plant-based meal you will help to reduce our overall meat consumption. This could also be a chance to expand your creativity and your diet, don’t just cut back, instead add to your diet with more whole grains, lentils and veggies http://www.meatfreemonday.org.nz/
- Leave the car at home – Carpooling or public transport are great ways to reduce your eco footprint; walking or biking are even better ways that will also improve your overall health, (and let’s not forget, another excuse to not go to the gym this week)
- Calculate your Eco Footprint – see how your current lifestyle affects the planet: https://www.earthday.org/take-action/footprint-calculator/
- Save energy – Come on, this one is easy. Turn off lights when you’re not in the room, unplug appliances when you’re not using them, ‘blah blah’, you already know this, and it’s not that hard. It only takes a second to be environmentally conscious
- Responsible grocery shopping – Chances are that you are overbuying food and ending up with food waste at the end of the week, so…simple:buy less, it’ll save you money too. Take reusable bags with you, and even reusable produce and bulk bin bags, (and for crying out loud people stop leaving them in your car, that excuse is getting as old as “the dog ate my homework”). There is also the #LEAVEITONTHESHELF movement, where people are pledging to leave pointlessly packaged fruit and veg on the shelf, you can read more here: http://1millionwomen.nationbuilder.com/leaveitontheshelf
- Conserve water – Even tasks as simple as turning off the tap whilst brushing your teeth and using the half flush, (if you have a dual-flush toilet), can save unnecessary water waste. Bath vs. Shower: to be honest it really depends how long you’re in the shower. If your shower is under 5 minutes then it is definitely more efficient than the alternative, however if it’s over 10 minutes then you’re actually using about the same amount of water as a bath; and I’m sorry but that means that you aren’t as much of an Eco Warrior as you thought you were
- Plant something & compost – More oxygen in the air + fresh produce to eat + less food waste in the rubbish dump = everybody wins!
- Say no to one use plastics & RECYCLE!
- Teach your kids, get them involved. Help them to understand the importance of taking care of their environment, you don’t want them to inherit a dead earth
Maybe this Earth Day, make it your environmental version of New Year’s resolutions. Create Earth Day resolutions and change your life for the better, (but maybe actually stick to these ones, I promise it’s easier and cheaper to recycle than getting to the gym).
Earth Day should be everyday, just like how you should appreciate your parents, or be grateful for love everyday. The world will not get better from just one day of effort.
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