So the treehugger in me wants to let everyone know that today is EARTH DAY!
I’m a firm believer that if every person on this Earth changes at least one thing in their daily activity to go a little greener, leave less carbon footprints, and release less greenhouse gases, it would make the biggest difference. What better way to start than on Earth Day? It’s super easy and most changes take one to two minutes out of your day.
Here’s a list of 10 things you should do on Earth Day:
1. Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms
This seems easy, but people, including myself, are notorious for leaving lights on in empty rooms. (I tend to leave the kitchen lights on because I go back and forth so much to check for food that doesn’t exist.) According to a study by Boston University, if you turn off the lights whenever you leave a room, you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 0.15 pounds per hour. Multiply that by 7 billion people.
2. Consume less meat today
The farming industry is corrupt. Between the abuse of animals, pumping them with a bunch of hormones, and overproducing meats, it’s becoming more of a wasteland for the Earth. The last thing on their mind is protecting our bodies and planet. I’m not saying eat absolutely no meat, but try to—or at least consume less of it today.
3. Unsubscribe your junk mail
You don’t even read it. It’s just a bunch of papers piling up in your trash. Unsubscribe. It will literally save you so much time and the Earth that many trees.
4. Go paperless
Almost all companies give the option of going paperless. Some companies even give out $100-$200 gift cards for going green. This applies to #3.
5. Drive less
Walk, hike, bike, skateboard, carpool!
6. Pick up trash at your local beach/park
Trash and debris scatter everywhere on our beaches and parks. Not only is it gross, it harms the animals that call these places their homes. I have volunteered with Heal The Bay and they are an amazing NPO. All ages are welcome!
7. Check your tires
Make sure there’s enough air in your tires. It’ll reduce emissions and ensure you spend less money at the pump.
8. Turn off your water
There’s a serious drought in California. One of the easiest ways to save water is to turn off the water faucet while you brush your teeth. Each person can save up to 8 gallons of water by simply turning off their tap water during their morning and night routine.
It’s a good thing to practice. I’m not a firm believer in recycling (my reasons are too long for this post), but I would rather cans and bottles be recycled than dumped on the beach or in our water.
10. Plant a tree!
I do NOT have a green thumb. But it is a surprisingly gratifying moment when you plant your first tree. Tree People and Million Trees LA are great organizations to volunteer for. I’ve volunteered for Tree People, but I might volunteer with MT LA if I find time this week. Why plants trees, you ask? Because trees combat global warming. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, retain the carbon, and release oxygen back into the atmosphere. Think of them as the Earth’s protective sponge.
It is important that people take our climate change seriously. The erratic winters, hurricanes, disappearing alpine glaciers, heat waves, increased ocean acidity, and warmer oceans should be neon signs that our planet is not okay. If everyone does even one little thing on Earth Day, it would help protect the environment tremendously.
Get to it!