Earth Day is a day which aims to make us aware of our impact on the environment so we can protect Earth’s natural resources and preserve the beauty of our planet for future generations. Earth Day is April 22nd this year and what better time than Earth Day to start taking steps to make a difference in your environmental impact?
Here are seven ways you can make a real difference this Earth Day.
1. Reduce Waste
Landfills pose many threats to the Earth, including air pollution, ground water pollution and overfill. You can help by recycling paper, soda cans, glass and plastic waste. You can also recycle electronics through the manufacturer or local programs. Repurposing and reusing items can help reduce landfill waste. Composting organic material is another great way to reduce landfill waste and strengthen your garden.
2. Start a Compost
Maintaining a compost pile is easy and beneficial for both the environment and your garden. It helps keep food waste out of landfills and replenishes the nutrients in soil, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. You can either compost in the outdoors or use a large bin. A successful compost requires more than just food waste. You will also need plant-based materials like newspaper, unbleached paper towels, leaves, twigs and branches. Once you’ve got a nice mix of food scraps and leaves, you’ll need to occasionally add moisture and air to the compost by lightly watering it and turning it with a shovel.
3. Grow Your Own Food or Buy Local
Once you’ve got a nice compost going, you can use it to grow your own food. Growing your own food can help reduce your carbon footprint since it will reduce your need for driving to the grocery store. Buying local produce can also reduce our carbon footprints since the travel distance from farm to table is much shorter. Plus, growing your own food is a lot of fun!
4. Avoid Processed Foods
Processed foods, like pre-made boxed dinners, chips and cookies, always come in packaging. Avoid buying processed foods to reduce packaging waste. Replace processed foods with fresh, local produce, or better yet, produce from your own eco-friendly garden!
5. Switch to Solar Power
Solar panels are more affordable than ever and can help you reduce your environmental impact and your energy bill. Whether or not you make the switch to powering your home with solar panels, you can illuminate your backyard or walkway with outdoor solar lights.
6. Use Reusable Grocery Bags
Plastic bags are one of the biggest litter offenders on our planet. Say no to plastic bags the next time you go grocery shopping, or really anytime you go shopping, to reduce plastic bag waste. Bring reusable bags with you whenever you go shopping.
7. Walk More Often
Leave your car at home as much as possible and start walking! Walking can help save you money on gas, improve your health and lessen your carbon footprint.
It is everyone’s responsibility to leave this planet better than we found it. You can do your part by making simple changes.
How are you going make a difference this Earth Day?
– By Stephen Reynolds, Editor