Since 1970, April 22nd has been assigned as Earth Day, the day when everyone is urged to take action to solve the major environmental issues facing the world. For example, the landmark climate protection Paris Agreement was signed by over 100 countries, on Earth Day 2016.
We don’t need to participate in a big symposium to make a difference. There are many ways to be good stewards of our planet at the “daily life” level. Here are a few that are so easy to put into practice.
- Stop using plastic bags for groceries; purchase some reusable bags.
- Have your local coffee shop fill your travel mug instead of using disposable cups.
- Sign up for on-line billing and reduce the paper waste of all the inserts. Need to save a copy of your bill? Download copies of credit card bills and bank statements.
- Reduce or eliminate the use of harmful herbicides and pesticides.
- Be conscious of your use of electricity, gas, and water.
- Help conserve plants, animals and their natural habitats.
- Reuse your belongings – and instead of throwing them in the trash, donate them once you’re finished using them.
Simply put, it’s about being educated about our environment which includes our atmosphere, landfills, oceans and greenbelts.
Happy 48th Birthday, Earth Day. Here’s to many, many more!