We have celebrated Earth Day each year since April 22, 1970, so tomorrow will be the 46th year. Many positive changes have occurred since then, but there are still a great many things we, as individuals, can do to make our Earth a better, cleaner, safer place to live.
Start at home – Recycle. Keep your yard free of debris, use native plants and grasses that require minimal amounts of water wherever possible. Use non-toxic means to control weeds, undesirable bugs, and in your cleaning products.
Do your bills and bank statements still come to you on paper? Most places now offer online payments and statements. If concerned about identity theft, remember that traditional mailboxes can also be compromised.
Shop locally – supporting your local farmers has many benefits, including fresher food with fewer pesticides and other toxic chemicals.
Water – Do you have any leaky faucets? A small leak quickly turns into gallons of wasted water. Water is a precious commodity. Those convenient disposable bottles come with a cost – fossil fuels to produce and transport, and they often go straight to landfills, even though marketed as recyclable. Instead, buy permanent, refillable water bottles to carry with you.
Walk – If any errands are within walking distance, do yourself and the Earth a favor and walk.
Be aware – Search for groups in your area that work toward improving your local environment and get involved. Write to elected officials about local environmental concerns.
Each of us, in our own way, can make a difference. Take the first step toward making this incredible Earth a better place.