Each year on April 22nd, people from around the world celebrate the Earth to bring awareness to an issue of our time – environmental protection. It’s also considered a day of peace bringing together people from different races, ethnicities, creed and geography to fight for a common cause. As we all share this earth, we are responsible for its health and therefore each other.
So, how was I going to help protect the environment? Here are some steps I’ve taken (and you could too!) to minimize my waste and carbon footprint.
- Recycle, Recycle, Recycle – This action is obvious. Simply, keep a separate trash can next to your regular trash for easy disposal. When full, take it to your local recycling center (most don’t require you to separate the trash).
- Take a Stroll – I know it’s so convenient to hop in the car and drive to work or the local grocery store. Instead, step outside, take in the views and get that heart rate up as you walk to your destination. It’s good for YOUR health and the health of the ENVIRONMENT!
- Reuse, Reuse, Reuse – Instead of buying plastic bottled water that will probably end up in a landfill and eventually in some poor fish’s stomach, bring a reusable water bottle with you and refill on the go. And, don’t forget your reusable tote bags when you’re walking to the grocery store!
- Waste not, Want not – Water and energy conservation is vital in the protection of our ecosystem. Check Pinterest to learn tips on how to conserve, such as, using a shower timer and turning the faucet off when your brushing your teeth.
- Reach Out – Contact your local community organization or government and ask how you can GET INVOLVED in this year’s Earth Day. Some activities may include planting a tree at the local park or cleaning up the community.
Reflecting on how I could be of more service to the earth and in turn protecting it, I thought of my time spent in Amsterdam. The city has taken great efforts in the cleanup of its canals with recyclable bins at every corner and prevention of air pollution by encouraging the use of electric cars, electric trains and bicycles. Coming from Atlanta with high numbers of gas-guzzling cars and traffic-ridden interstates, I was surprised to see most of the population riding bicycles or taking the train in their daily commute. This was a city committed to the protection of their home.
If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your neighbors, friends, and family, and in my case for my dog, Max! Don’t forget, we share this world with all kinds of animals including man’s best friend. Have a fresh day!