How To Support Our Beautiful Planet During Earth Month And Everyday
Today I have a really exciting post to share with you all from the incredible sustainability advocate and journalist Emily Folk. Emily is a freelance writer who covers topics of sustainability and eco-friendly living, and we are excited to have her voice contributing here on The Well Essentials in celebration of earth month!
April is known as Earth Month, but it’s more common that people celebrate Earth Day on April 22. On Earth Day while it’s wonderful to bring everyone together for a good purpose, it’s important to reflect on the fact that sustainable living efforts should be made in a way that can be practiced all year round.
So how can you celebrate the Earth every day? You don’t need a national holiday as your reason to go green! There are little things you can do each and every day to live a greener life. It may not seem like your efforts alone can make a difference, but when you think about how you’re adding to the efforts of individuals and communities that are also going green, the changes you make can make a big impact.
Go on a Nature Walk
The best way to value something is to get to know it, so take a nature walk to learn more about the Earth. You might be able to find a great trail in your local community that’ll show you local plant species and views that you’ll fall in love with. You could even go for a drive to a hiking trail so you can walk with a guide to learn more about the plants and animals in that area. Having those gorgeous images of nature will help motivate you to start being more green and stick with it every day.
Ride Your Bike to School or Work
If you live in a small community where it feels like you can get anywhere in a matter of minutes, you have an opportunity that those in larger cities might not necessarily have. Try tracing a route to work or school that would allow you to bike instead of drive. Bikes are much better for the environment because they don’t require fuel or emit CO2, along with plenty of other reasons they save the world. You could also improve your own health by biking daily, so try it out for yourself if you can.
Reuse Old Items
It’s easy to not think about, but have you ever considered the amount of energy and resources that go into a production process? Once you think about that and then apply it to everything that’s produced all over the world, it makes shopping seem less enjoyable. Instead, celebrate the Earth by reusing old items. Fixing what’s broken isn’t just something for the environmentally inclined. The Amish have been doing it for ages, because it’s one of the secrets that makes life easier. Try it out for yourself!
Volunteer with a Local Environmental Club
Many communities have local clubs that get people involved while they learn. Look around online to see if there’s a club in your town that focuses on the environment. If you can’t find one, consider starting one! It’s so common now for people to want to go green, so if you started a club, it wouldn’t be long before people started to join. You could form your own garden or plant trees at a local park. There are lots of ways to help the Earth through a club, so join one or get one started.
Ditch the Plastic Bags
When you go to the grocery store, make the easy choice to bring your own fabric bags. Grocery stores often sell them now with the brand on the front so they’re easy to recognize. Every year, 6.4 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean, which means that even if you use your plastic bags and safely dispose of them, they’ll still probably end up at sea.
While it’s great to celebrate the Earth as a holiday, it’s important to be good to the Earth every other day too. You don’t have to do anything drastic to help the planet. Just by reusing old things or skipping the plastic bags at your local grocery store, you’re helping the plants and animals have a brighter tomorrow. Get your friends and family involved to show the Earth some love and spread the word.
About The Contributing Author
Emily is a freelance writer covering topics of sustainability and eco-friendly living. You can read more of her work on her blog, Conservation Folks.