Friday, April 22, 2011
The History of Earth Day
In honor of Earth Day I thought I would provide some quick ideas for things we can do today to help the planet! I pulled some of this info from an Earth Day post I did a few years ago: you can read more earthy things here, here, and here.
Here they are:
Eat organic/local- Our food often travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from farm to table and sometimes ever further (especially when we insist on having kiwi in the dead of winter!) Most grocery stores have a small area of locally grown produce. Organic options help to cut back the amounts of pesticides and herbicides deposited into the soil and ground water, cutting back on money and energy put into purification efforts.
Get your thrift on- It's startling how many nearly unused things can be found at second hand stores. Savers gets truckloads of items from Target and they still have the tags on! Plus, buying second hand or vintage makes you totally cool and stuff.
Skip that fast food lunch- Fast food is great and easy and it’s sometimes nice to get a break from work midday. But fast foods are highly processed and require a lot of extraneous packaging. The planet and your heart will thank you.
Drive the speed limit- Driving the speed limit can help your gas mileage meaning more time between fill-ups! More time between fill-ups means we are less dependent on oil.
Turn the light off in your office when you head to lunch- If each one of us would turn off our lights for the ½ hour to hour of lunch we could save significant amounts of energy!
Unplug things when not in use- Even when not in use a plugged in phone charger can drain energy. Be mindful to unplug small appliances when you aren’t using them.
Cut back on meat- Did you know that cows produce 200 to 400 quarts of methane gas per day, or 50 million metric tons per year? Methane is one of the leading causes of green house gas emissions, second only to carbon dioxide. Even one additional meatless meal per week cause dramatically cut the emissions of methane.
Be mindful- No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. We often think that one little thing like recycling that paper towel isn’t enough to make a difference. But it is the little things that count and one tiny change can have a BIG effect on the planet.
Here are some awesome links for you to check out today : )
15 Ways to Celebrate Agriculture on Earth Day
Cow Farts vs. SUVs
Combating Climate Change by Eating Less Meat
Rising Demand for Meat Takes Toll on Environment
Living the Good Life