Earth day is this Saturday! We all have birthdays to celebrate our lives on so it’s only fair that the earth gets one too. After all, if it didn’t exist we wouldn’t either....
Chugging down that train of thought, did you ever stop to think about how harming the earth will backfire on us and harm the people living on it too? Yes – that’s me and you! So here are some ways we can be earth super heroes together! If we all do a little here and there, we can make a big difference!
Stop using the garbage can
Okay of course I don’t mean that literally (although some do and it's pretty incredible). I mean start thinking twice before you throw something out. Can you reuse it? Can you recycle it? Can you compost it? The blue and green bins do have a purpose you know – and a good one too! Let’s let them do their job, ok?
Turn out the lights
Earth super heroes – here’s your job on the weekends! Turning out the lights when you’re not using them is the easiest thing you could do and it saves electricity instead of wastes it. All it takes is the flick of a switch. And take advantage of the natural sunlight when you can! After all that’s one of the reasons why it’s there.
Spare the plastic or save the plastic
Zip-locs and plastic grocery bags – nemesis of the earth. Plastic doesn’t decompose so when you throw ’em out and they end up in landfills, all they do is sit there! So why don’t you save them the boredom and let them move onto their next life. Or just stop using plastic altogether and explore other options out there like reusable containers and cloth shopping bags.
And save the water too
Turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth! I’m sure you’ve heard it a billion times and if you still haven’t listened to that great piece of advice – do it now! And have you ever considered how much water you waste when you take a 10 minute shower? Yeah I’m not gonna do the math but that’s a lot of water going down the drain – literally. Spare earth the 10 minute concert. You can sing in other places too.
Say so long to hairspray
Unless it’s the earth-friendly kind that doesn’t come in aerosol cans! Who knew that our seemingly innocent helpers actually hurt the ozone layer that protects us from the harmful UV rays of the sun?! Friends, our lives are more important than our hair.
Make less or eat more (but don't)
I’m sure we all know the sorrowful tale of food and waste. So I’ll spare you the sad story and just ask you to next time make/take less food or finish everything on your plate. Don’t let it go to waste. And I know it sounds cliche but it’s true – think about those who are less fortunate than you. (Ok that rhyme was both amazing and unintentional.)
Raising animals for meat uses up a lot of resources and produces a lot of greenhouse gases. So by eating less meat or dropping the food group entirely you’re actually contributing positively towards the environment.
Get some exercise
I know how convenient it is to hop into your car and drive to your destination but poor Earth will be left in the dust coughing up those fumes. Consider stretching your legs and walk – or bike! – to your destination if it’s local and think public transportation or carpooling if it’s further away. By helping yourself get some exercise you’re helping the environment too!