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Earth Day: The Importance of Doing Your Part
Earth Day is almost here! Saturday, April 22, 2017 will mark the 47th annual year of this increasingly important global event, and if you aren’t already involved, now is the time to start doing your part. One aim of the Earth Day celebration is to remind all of us to consider the ways that even the simplest of our everyday actions can add up to a significant impact.
Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference
Maybe you’re already mindful of your own environmental impact, or maybe you want to learn more and get involved, but aren’t sure where to start. Regardless of your current level of involvement, we’ve made a list of three of the best ways to start small and still be doing what you can do help protect this planet that we all call home.
1. Start Using a Refillable Water Bottle
There honestly aren’t any good arguments for continuing to buy disposable plastic bottles of water, especially now that there are so many very affordable, super durable, and high quality reusable bottle options available. One good reusable bottle is so more practical, economic, convenient and environmentally beneficial, as well as being a healthier option. The plastic bottled water you buy has no benefits that your tap or filtered water at home don’t have, and in fact, the plastic bottle itself contains polyethylene terephthalate, which is a substance that is harmful to your health.
2. Plant a Tree - Even Giant Trees Start Small
According to Earth Day Network, deforestation, land development and bad forest management are responsible for the loss of over 15 billion trees every year. Last year, for Earth Day 2016, they announced their effort to plant 7.8 billion trees by the 50th year of Earth Day in 2020. That amounts to one tree for every person on the planet. You can join the cause by donating money ($1 donated equals one tree planted!) or by planting and caring for trees on your own land. And don’t forget to plant another tree for Arbor Day on April 25th!
3. Learn About and Love the Land Around You
One of the best ways to not only get involved, but also be motivated to stay involved in your local environmental cause is to get to know the land where you live. Are there any unique natural landmarks nearby? National parks or great hiking trails? Caves, mountains, lakes, deserts, forests, beaches, marshes… wherever you live, you’re bound to find someplace worth exploring. By learning more about the immediate world around you and how best to help care for it, you’ll gain a broader insight into the needs of similar natural environments around the world. You might be surprised at the feeling of connection that this mindset can forge.
If everyone can do even one thing to reduce their own impact on our planet, we will all benefit from it. Whether you choose one of the things on this list, or one of the many other easy but impactful ways to make a difference, you can propel positive environmental changes.