These daily habits can help to heal the earth for Earth Day.
As Chief Seattle once famously said, ‘The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.” The only reason we are allowed to be here is because of this planet – our Mother Earth. Unfortunately, the human race hasn’t always been kind to the planet. We use fossil fuel resources, release toxic fumes into the atmosphere, have caused shifts in the environment, and are wiping a huge number of species from the face of the earth. On Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017, be sure that you adopt some green lifestyle choices to celebrate the planet that we live on.
Drive less: Cut down on your commutes by biking to work or carpooling. Think twice before you get in the car, and use public transport to switch things up!
Plant a tree: As a popular Earth Day activity, it’s wise to plant a tree! They are the lungs of the earth, and humans are continually knocking them down for cattle grazing. Trees help to filter pollution from the air, provide homes for wildlife, recycle water, and prevent soil loss.
Unplug appliances: The typical American has 40 household appliances plugged in at any one moment. Even when turned off, they still gobble up energy, costing you money and consuming precious resources. Decrease the energy consumption by unplugging these devices when not in use.
Reduce plastic waste: Plastic that doesn’t end up in landfills or recycling centers ends up in the ocean. Causing a huge disturbance to marine wildlife and mammals, this plastic harms our oceans and animals. Skip the bottled water by taking your own reusable one, say no to straws, recycle what you can, and don’t use plastic bags at stores.
Go vegan: Have vegan and vegetarian days to cut down on your intake of meat and dairy products. Every day, a vegan saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forests, 20 lbs. of CO2, and the life of one animal. Not only does it benefit your health, but it helps to save the earth and animals!
Plant your food: In a world dominated by cruel factory farms, harmful pesticides, and exotic foods flying thousands of miles, it’s wise to grow your own plants for food. It’s kinder to your wallet, waistline, and planet!
Earth Day is just the beginning! Commit to bettering the environment from here on out.
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