Earth Day 2012: Five Ways To Make Every Day Earth Day…
“There is hope, if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.” Brooke Medicine Eagle
1. Use only the water you need, and reuse when possible.
2. Help keep water clean by using biodegradable and environmentally friendly cleaning products.
3. Dispose of solid and liquid wastes and medications safely.
4. Protect your local water source from pollutants, excess pesticides and garbage. via EPA
By the time you read this post, Earth Day will be an afterthought, a fading celebration, or hopefully, a reawakening of the critical need for all of us to acknowledge our role in sustaining or destroying our planet. Every year Earth Day arrives, I find myself wondering out loud why our planet which nourishes us every day, 24/7, gets one day of recognition. Why not every day? This year, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has initiated a pick5 program to help us celebrate the earth daily, and is offering us many ways to commit to protecting our global environment this Earth Day and beyond. This is exciting news because we can make a sincere commitment to be proactive in our relationship with the earth.
1. Use human powered modes of transportation to get from place to place! Walk, jog, skip, ride a bike instead.
2. Pass on gas! Take public transportation, carpool, plan your day to reduce trips and vehicle emissions.
3. Make sure your home’s air is healthy. Tip! Test, Fix and Save a Life from Radon, a colorless odorless gas.
4. Buy locally, or grow your own! Reduce air pollution caused by food and goods transport.
5. Reduce your potential for exposure to mercury.
6. Plant a tree. Or plant many trees!
7. Prevent additional air pollution by finding alternatives to burning your waste.via EPA
To continue our efforts to honor Mother Earth, we can choose to do certain earth sustaining, carbon reducing actions, and we have five areas to choose from: Water, Air, Land, Energy, Waste, and then there is a sixth area, Advocacy. The information in block quotes, above and below, are suggested activities from the EPA that we can perform in each of the six areas of the environment. What are you doing on a regular basis to protect our environment? What would you add to the suggestions ? More below.
“Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind.” David Ehrenfeld
1. Use pesticides safely! Reduce or eliminate where possible.
2. Learn about composting, try it out!
3. Learn about ‘Greenscaping’! Try it out at home and promote it in your community.
4. Learn about the native species and the negative effects of non native plants and animals in the environment. Plant native species in your gardens, encourage important pollinators such as bees and birds by planting gardens full of their favorite plants. Join a team in your community that removes non-native species.via EPA
Land is a priced commodity and as desertification, population explosion, and general pollution claim more of it in certain parts of the world, we will all feel the impact in some way; over-crowding, disease, fewer resources and so on. We can become change makers by managing our carbon footprint, supporting the environment, and contributing to efforts that will help us all.
“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” Cree Indian Proverb
1. Save energy at home. Choose energy-saving appliances if they’re available. Look for Energy Star!
2. Go renewable! Create your own power from wind, the sun, water, or biofuels.
3. Find alternate ways to reduce use of diesel and other fuels for transportation, production and energy.
4. Find out how much of your home’s energy is supplied by renewable sources, seek to increase it. Research or contact your local power provider.via EPA
Every thing is energy. Everything we do consumes energy. Even as I write this post, I can see how we use energy in both beneficial and wasteful ways. The seemingly simple act of turning off extra lights in our homes can save us and our planet a bundle. Every time we use a power tool, make coffee, or take a hot shower, our consumption footprint increases; mindfulness and rethinking our usage is imperative.
“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.” Juvenal
1. Reduce. Cut back on the amount of ‘stuff’ that could later end up as waste.
2. Reuse. Upcycle! Take something that is disposable and transform it into something of greater use and value.
3. Recycle metals, plastics and paper.
4. E-cycle. Recycle and/or properly dispose of electronic waste such as computers and other gadgets.
5. Don’t litter! Properly dispose of trash and waste.
6. When purchasing goods, opt for sustainable, recycled or reused resources. Choose items in less packaging. via EPA
Do we wonder where all our garbage and plastics go? Do we take time to recycle what we use so we won’t add to the ever growing landfills and sewage dumps around the world? If we stop to consider just the waste we gather in our individual homes, we can then imagine what it would look like billions of times over. When it is not managed properly, the end result is pollution, disease, contamination, death and destruction.
“Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.” Motto of the Baltimore Grotto
1. Participate in a local environmental festival or event.
2. Organize a local event!
Start a recycling competition at work
Organize a cleanup day in your community, share the before and after photos with Pick5!
3. Establish a Green Award program in your community.
4. Talk to a friend about Pick5!
5. Find a ‘Green Mate’ across the globe, double up to make a difference. Pair up through Pick5 on Twitter, Facebook, let us know how you found each other!
6. Share your commitment on social networking sites.
7. Join or start a green club in your community.
8. Bring environmental education to your local schools and community.
9. Raise Awareness! Talk to others about the state of the environment, locally or globally.via EPA
In the final analysis, Mother Earth needs our input as much as we need her to nurture us. Every small effort we make will contribute to the larger effort globally; it will make a difference to the whole. Happy Earth Day Every Day! What are your thoughts? What are you doing for Earth Day? What are your suggestions on reducing waste and conserving energy? What else would you recommend? Do share! Thank you. 😉
Positive Motivation Tip: Become committed to sustaining the Earth by picking 5 things to do daily and treating every day as an Earth Day
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂
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