Earth Day is Celebrated each year in April. It was first recognized on April 22, 1970, as a way to celebrate and take action to support the earth that sustains us.
Each spring farmers and indigenous cultures have always given thanks to Mother Earth in hopes for a fruitful harvest.
Earth Day Initiatives
The advent of industrialization and technology uncovered the realization that our air and water were becoming polluted. Reforestation, Bird Day, Arbor Day, The Clean Water Act and The Clean Air Act were introduced in an effort to we keep our land, animals, air we breathe and the water we drink safe.
In some ways we’ve come a long way. In others, we seem to distance ourselves from personal responsibility of taking care of Mother Earth.
We’ve left that job to our leaders. Leaders make laws, but aren’t the hands and feet that change a world. It is up to each and everyone of us to take responsibility of our actions to help preserve our Earth.
It’s nice to have a day during the year to celebrate an occasion, but what happens after the day is done? Do you go back to your old habits?
Start today by celebrating Earth Day EVERY DAY!
7 Changes to make this Year
- Use less chemicals: Chemicals pollute our water systems and soil at alarming rates. It trickles down to our drinking water, and contaminates the air we breathe.
- Repurpose more: Support companies that use recyclable materials, reuse mailing boxes. Repurpose clothing. Consider what you are buying. Is it a true need or simply a desire for more.
- Use Water Bottles: Quit buying plastic water bottles for your water. Purchase a metal or glass water bottle. Make your own Spa Water OR use Essential Oils to flavor your water!
- Reusable Shopping Bags: Do you take your bags to shop? What about your produce? Mesh bags for produce eliminate the need for plastic at the produce isle.
- Consider Ways to Reduce Food Waste: Have you started composting yet? Last year I bought a Sub-Pod and began verimculture. (worm composting)
- Organic Gardening: If you can’t or don’t want to grow your own food, consider a local CSA (community supported agriculture). You’ll know exactly where your food is coming!
- Recycle: This will help reduce what goes into the landfills. Anything that we can do to reduce greenhouse gasses coming from the breakdown of garbage will help our earth stay healthy.
Finally, it IS everyone’s responsibility to help keep our environment healthy. What will you do from this day forward to celebrate Earth Day Every Day?
Live Well, Be Well & Thrive!