Earth Day is Every Day, but April 22 marks this significant day to reflect on making better choices due to the impact of pollution humans have unfortunately created on our planet. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” is a mantra we have heard since we were kids. Now more than ever we need to put those ideas into practice.
What small steps you can take to help the environment?
Buy used or “vintage” clothes. Donate your old clothes to families in need.
Don’t buy plastic water bottles. Use a glass container that can be reused.
Take shorter showers. Bathe with a friend – just kidding!
Replace plants and grass that need to be watered daily with succulents, or just let your grass turn brown. California knows this all too well.
Use reusable bags when shopping, especially at the grocery store.
Pay attention to packaging, and don’t buy items that are over packaged.
Don’t throw out your cigarette butt.
Volunteer at a beach clean up. Pick up plastics.
Plant trees. Plant flowers that attract pollinators, like bees love milkweed.
Turn the lights out when not in use. Unplug appliances when traveling or not in use for extended periods of time.
Eat less meat. Buy local produce. Shop at farmer’s markets.
Use public transportation.
Don’t take more napkins at restaurants than you need.
Don’t over purchase at the grocery store. Strategically freeze or use leftovers in dishes.
Use fans in summer rather than nonstop A/C. Insulate around doors and windows to protect from drafts.
Use energy efficient light bulbs and appliances. Look for the energy star label.
Compost and use in your garden.
Recycle often. Recycle right, by doing your best to read the signs.
Use solar panels.
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Make greener decisions when traveling.
Visit.org is the world’s largest community-based tourism platform with 545 immersive and impactful travel experiences in 65 countries hosted by do-good organizations. 100% of the hosts’ revenue is invested back into the local community. Over 300 of their social partners are working towards bettering the environment and fighting climate change.
Help the planet while engaging in a unique cultural experience. For example, in Guatemala, travelers can visit Eco Filtro to learn about their water filtration process that supplies clean water to local underfunded Guatemalan schools, while each visit funds an entire water filter. Guests can experience rural mountain life in Ooty, India with RDO Trust while supporting their efforts to supply the community with safe drinking water.
Check out some of their other programs:
Biofarming in Georgia
Eco-friendly cacao harvesting in Thailand
Eco-cottage stay and local sanitation projects in India
Tree planting in South Africa
An urban bike tour in Colombia
Nature trek in the Greek Islands
If you want to see the detriment of plastics, visit just about any beach in the world. From my travels to Koh Lanta, Thailand, Tulum, Mexico, and the Fijian Islands, it is alarming to see entire beaches covered in plastics as well as tiny islands in the middle of the Pacific surrounded by underwater plastics, often from cruise ships, no recycling programs, or knowledge of the detrimental impact. Plastics are forever and often kill animals.
Be choosy with the products you buy.
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Stay informed. Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary Before the Flood as he meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.
What are some of your tips for helping planet Earth? Share with us your ideas in the comment section below.