There are many reasons to celebrate Earth Day, whether it be an opportunity to clean up your community, increase awareness of environmental issues, or simply take a moment to enjoy our beautiful planet. This year, there are some easy changes I’ll be making in honor of Earth Day. Try implementing these into your daily routine, or create your own to suit your needs:
Limit paper towel use: Many times, we turn to the paper towel rack to clean up a mess, when it can be wiped up just as easily with cloth towels. When paper towels are absolutely necessary, opt for recycled options, which help reduce the growing amount of waste in our landfills.
Take shorter showers: We all know how relaxing it can be to take a long, hot shower but it wastes water and energy. According to Pays to Live Green, lessening your shower time by just five minutes can save you $9 per year and, more importantly, you’ll be conserving water and energy in the process.
Start a garden: Produce found at grocery stores is often covered with pesticides and is shipped from other states, which requires fuel and energy. To gain full control over your food and limit your carbon emissions, start your own garden. This can be a large garden with fruits, vegetables, and greens, or a few potted plants growing on your windowsill. Gardening is a fun activity to do with the kids, and it’s always rewarding to feed your family with your own harvest.
Take a hike: What better way to honor the Earth than to simply enjoy its beauty? Whether you live in a city or a sprawling, rural area, you can find hiking trails and parks nearby that offer a full days’ worth of enjoyment for you and your family. Pack a picnic lunch, take a walk, or bring a baseball along for a game of catch. No matter what you choose, be sure to leave only footprints!
Stay informed and become a part of the change: In addition to reading up on environmental issues in books, magazines, and newspapers, you can also subscribe to e-mail updates from various groups such as Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Defenders of Wildlife. You can also contact your local government to find out how you can get involved in environmental issues in your area.