Earth Day began in 1970 and is now celebrated in over 193 countries. Every year, the Earth Day Network, who now organizes global events on April 22, assigns each Earth Day a theme. Last year’s theme was the ever-important awareness of Ending Plastic Pollution. The 2019 theme hits even closer to home. Protect Our Species.
Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity. Poaching and trafficking, unsustainable agriculture, and habitat loss are just a few of the many ways our modern-day lifestyles overreach and encroach on the balance of nature.
Things We Can Do to Make A Difference Earth Day and Every Day
- What’s Your Carbon Footprint – Determining the amount of CO2 you produce through your daily routine is the first step to fixing it.
- Use Your Car Less Often – Organize a carpool, use a rideshare app, take public transit, or ride a bike.
- Turn Off the Water – Save around six gallons a day by shutting it off while you wash your hands with soap before rinsing.
- Unsubscribe from Junk Mail – It’s time to save some trees and get your name off that mailing list once and for all.
- Shop at Farmers Markets – Shop locally. Buying produce farmed near your home usually gives you access to better quality food than you find at a grocery store. Support local businesses and reduce the need for long haul transportation of goods.
- Reduce Your Meat Intake – The U.N. says the meat industry is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, (pee eww). It’s also estimated that thousands of gallons of water are used to produce just a single pound of beef.
Small Efforts is All it Takes to Be Apart of Change
Creating awareness and solutions that can be incorporated into our daily lives is the important first step to change. We can not try to impose radical changes to begin the process of human participation in helping preserve our world. It takes small steps to begin to walk and then run. Taking your drinks at a restaurant without a straw, washing a reusing Ziploc bags, or switching from plastic bags to reusable bags for grocery shopping. Little things added in our day to day lives is what gets us closer to achieving goals. Our goal for a cleaner and healthy Earth can be accomplished the same way!
So today as the World celebrates Earth Day, do that one thing differently today that will leave less of a carbon footprint on land that has been trampled on for decades. It’s the little things that matter when fostering change in one’s life. If we don’t start to do our part, as we have learned from history, our precious planet will do her own cleansing and we might not be chosen to hang around afterward!