April 22, 2020 is Earth Day all over the globe! I wanted to compile a list of helpful things that you can do to support our environment and help stop climate change. We need to realize that these are issues that require action from all of us!
I am so grateful to have visited many different places on this beautiful planet. I think we don't realize how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to travel and take advantage of Earth's resources.
It all seemed to hit me this year, really hard. I was in a huge panic about climate change a couple of months ago, feeling like an idiot that I hadn't payed enough attention to it yet. I am afraid for my great-great grandkids and all of the people that I don't know who will be affected by our choices.
I have slowly moved out of my paralyzing fear into a state of action and I want to help you with this. If possible, skip the part where you freak out about climate change. We need to take this extremely seriously at this point in time, but panic and guilt don't promote real, authentic action.
I've pooled some ideas from myself and others (who know a lot more than me) on simple steps that you can take.
Go thrifting!! There are SO many different cute thrift shops around and they're even starting to grow on social media too! Buying second-hand clothing is a really, really easy way to help out. Supporting small, local thrift stores can actually fit your budget much better as well.
Go for a mindful walk instead. I know a lot of people who like to take a drive when they're stressed and need to clear your head. I know this action item doesn't seem like much, but it's such an easy way to contribute. Take a walk around the block and discover something new about your environment by foot.
Recycle & compost. Make it essential in your household to do this. This is such a simple way to reduce waste. "Discarded paper, glass, plastic, and electronics" can all be taken to a recycling centre. Don't underestimate the power that you have in your own home.
Push for renewable energy. All is not lost, friends! People are updating and creating environmentally-friendly energy sources. I can't pretend to know enough about them because that's not my area of expertise, but I am going to educate myself so I can better support the people who DO know what they're talking about.
Don't drink bottled water! Just grab that water bottle fresh out of the dishwasher (that you only ran as much as necessary). It's that easy!
Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Again - had no idea about this one! You can reduce how many times you pay for gas by ensuring that your tires are inflated. By doing this, carbon-dioxide emissions lesson. Win-win!
Unplug your devices. Real talk, is your phone charger plugged into the wall somewhere even thought your phone is with you right now at 100%? No need to feel bad, but this is an easy habit that we can break right now! Remember to turn off all lights and disconnect gadgets that you don't need.
Wash with cold water instead. I didn't know about this one, but apparently warm water is more harmful to the environment. Cold water does an equally good job, so while you do your limited loads of laundry, make sure to change that setting to cold water!
Vote!! I have some personal beef with public school systems and their lack of encouragement to hold your own political opinion. Nonetheless, educate yourself on polices and parties that you believe are going to support our Earth. Without these kinds of policies, we may not have a planet to care for.
There are only NINE. I have links below for even more.
Look, I get that this might not be fun or glamorous. But it's a reality that our generation needs to start facing so that we can take action, genuinely, before it is too late.
Don't be afraid, just start contributing today!