The earth is in our hands! Let’s do our best to preserve its natural resources and help protect the environment for generations to come.
Here at CIMI we are super excited to celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide every year on the 22nd of April. This day was created to help celebrate our planet’s environment and to raise public awareness about pollution, waste, and damage to plants, animals, and ecosystems. Every year on this day, people gather to hold conferences, attend rallies, and participate in a wide range of outdoor projects and activities to help better our planet.
It’s easy to believe that one person’s efforts don’t matter, but if we all made some small changes in our daily lives, then we could make a huge difference! You can start by GOING GREEN! Going green means to practice lifestyle habits that lead to more environmentally friendly and sustainable decisions. By going green, you can take baby steps that help minimize harm to the environment and help preserve our natural resources. Over time, these “baby steps” will eventually become a no-brainer lifestyle habit, helping to make our world a better place. We can practice going green by reducing pollution, conserving energy, reducing consumption and waste, and helping to protect our earth’s ecological balance. Here are some fun and easy things you can do to help make a difference and participate in this year’s Earth Day!
Recycling and composting! Don’t need that old food that you forgot about in the back of your fridge anymore? Or how about those plastic milk jugs and glass bottles stored in your closet? Think twice before throwing away anything into a dumpster! Most items that can be recycled eventually end up in landfills. Landfills can cause serious pollution problems to the environment by contaminating the groundwater and soil around it. So let’s think before we throw something away. Can it be composted, can it be recycled, or can it be re-used? Let’s not be so trashy and reduce the amount of waste we produce!
Conserving water! Our world’s oceans are full of saltwater and cover more than 70% of our planet’s surface. Yet freshwater is hard to come by and is one of our planet’s most valuable resources! Around 783 million people worldwide do not have access to clean fresh water. One way that you can help do your part is to make sure there are no leaky faucets in your home. A leaky faucet that drips at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons in one year! You can also cut down on how long you shower for and simply turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
Conserving energy! Saving energy is always a plus, but saving money along with it is an extra bonus! You can help to save energy by turning lights off when you leave a room, and by washing clothes in cold water whenever possible. Unplugging your appliances when you are not using them is also an easy way to help save energy, and dollars.
Walking to work! Want to be fit and help out the planet at the same time?! If your work isn’t far from home, try biking or walking there once a week instead of driving. Using less gas means you save more money and help to protect the air and offset climate change. You also get the benefit of healthy exercise and can reduce your risk of obesity.
Reducing meat consumption! One other health challenge you can try is adding one meatless meal to your diet a week. Meat typically costs more at the store than our fruit/veggie alternatives and it’s even more expensive when considering the environmental and health costs. Water usage for livestock in general is much higher than water usage needed for vegetables and grains.
This Earth Day, hug a tree (it’s proven to be good for you!), connect with nature, stand up for science, pick up trash, take a breath of fresh air, and stop to enjoy everything this beautiful world has to offer. Try to incorporate some of the lifestyle choices listed above in your day, and enjoy the fact knowing that you are making a difference. Although Earth day is only one day of the year, the movement itself can make a huge impact! Challenge yourself to help conserve our natural resources and spread awareness about our environmental and climate changes year round!
Written By: Brooke Fox
- Earth hands: Clipartfest.com
- Go green: Clipartfest.com
- Recycling chart: Vassar Sustainability
- Water conservation: Emaze
- Light switch: Nilza
- Walk bike: Greatist
- Veggie heart: Getstronghealth.com
- Tree hug: Shutterstock