If you aren’t already aware of what day it is today I would suggest you pick up that wrapper you littered this morning and go take a 30 minute time out in the corner of your cubicle. Dunce- cap or not, today is not just Tuesday April 22nd, but is also the celebration of our glorious planet that we all rely on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
TODAY IS EARTH DAY, a holiday not only for celebrating the ground we walk on (and all over), but also a day to educate Earth’s inhabitants on the wonders of our world and how each of our actions impacts it’s lifespan.
It comes as no surprise that Earth Day emerged as a movement in the 1970s among the best people to ever exist : the wild child, flower power, peace and love bellbottom- wearing hippies. Originally, Earth Day was used as a tool for anti- war protests: by placing environmental concerns front and centre it took people’s attention (& tension) away from the war raging in Vietnam, and gave them something bigger and better to be passionate about. The environment was not understood as vital until the 1970s, and it did not take long for people to realize that gas guzzling vehicles, industrial smoke stacks and the ‘smell’ of prosperity was the most detrimental contribution humans were making to the planet.
It is hard to comprehend the concept of ‘saving the planet’, and that exact mindset is why I believe many people boycott the little things like recycling, not littering or turning off the lights. Of course we have come a LONG way as a whole, and there will always be LONGER to go, but as individuals could we be doing more to help save our planet?
Yes. The answer is Yes. So today I CHALLENGE YOU to not just spread the word of Earth day, but to EDUCATE yourself on what you could be doing to give back to this wonderful planet that we reside on.
The main cause of damage to our earth is US. No, not the U.S., I’m talking about You and I, the plural of which is ‘us‘. Natural resources are gifts, we are not entitled to them yet we use them as if they are finite.
The earth gives us fresh water which we cannot exist longer than four days without. Insects, birds and even some mammal’s pollinate Earth’s plants including most of human agriculture (can you imagine if we had to manually do this ourselves?). Without nutrient- rich soil we could never support any of the structures that we stress our planet with, not to mention we could not grow the crops that many societies exist upon. Much of nature is used as medicine still to this day, and has provided humankind with a plethora of life- saving drugs including aspirin, morphine and HIV- fighting medications. etc. etc. etc.
So, to make your life the tiniest bit easier, here are 5 simple changes you can make that will have beneficial impact on the planet :
1. Conserve Water : shower with a friend!
2. Walk / Bike : Contrary to popular belief, yes you need the exercise.
3. Energy Efficient items : i.e. Light bulbs
4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle : It’s REALLY not that hard, just make room for the blue box. You got this.
5. Turn off the lights : A lot of fun can be had with the lights off, promise. Also, candles are sexy.
Try and make these changes starting today. Read some environmental articles online for inspiration. Pinterest search photos of our Earth. Spread the word that the sun is legit. Throw out your garbage. Recycle your coffee cups. Take the subway. The smallest changes can make the biggest difference.
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir
Happy EARTH Day !