5 Easy Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day
Earth Day started nearly 50 years ago and has been a major event around the world every April 22nd. It was inspired by man made catastrophes, such as the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, and placed an emphasis on activism and action. The original events energy and drive are still going strong, and may be more relevant than ever. We know more now about the ill effects that human pollution have had on the environment and are grappling with potential catastrophic climate change events in the not to distant future.
A day of climate action that is enjoyed by 1 billion people across the globe is not enough, instead we should make everyday Earth Day! There are a couple easy and simple things we can do to make a difference.
- Recycle so that trash doesn’t end up in streets, landfills, or oceans. It takes ages for common trash that to decompose, becoming a problem for future generations. Recycle as much plastic, aluminium, and various products that you use at home and the office.
- Reuse products so we don’t create more stuff than we need. One area that can make a huge impact is to to ditch plastic water bottles, they can take over 400 years to decompose, it’s simple, use a reusable one instead!
- Reducing consumption of meat is directly tied to our carbon footprint. Scientists urge that we need to cut 90% of the meat out of our diet if we really want to limit future damage caused to the environment. When replacing meat in our diets, we can eat more vegetables, beans, pulses, and nuts. Start doing meatless mondays, and work your way up from there.
- Volunteering is another thing we can do to make every day Earth Day by spreading the word through action. You can volunteer year round for a variety of worthy causes and make a huge difference locally. Sign up for events such as Beach Cleanup.
- Enjoy Nature and reconnect with the outdoors. We should make every day Earth Day. Every day, try to make time to get out in nature, our video highlights the numerous health benefits. You can take this spirit and enthusiasm with you wherever you go. The Boy Scouts have a rule “Always leave the campground cleaner than you found it”. Applied to our daily lives, we all can make the planet a cleaner, healthier place to be for generations to come.
Written by Jeremy Brown