7+ Things You Can Do for Momma Earth
THIS IS the day each year when we celebrate the earth. Yep, unless you’ve been on an LSD trip or on planet Mars, you know that today is Earth Day. In fact, the 40th Earth Day.
Because I’m so stellar in math, I can tell you that the first Earth Day celebrated was in 1970, just a year or two after the most reproduced picture ever taken was published — that of our transcendent, beautiful blue globe from space.
Rather than reproduce the content in them here, I’d like to direct you to two articles that resonated with me on this particular day.
One is “7 things you can do on Earth Day that actually matters.” Some of these things, like “don’t have a child” can really make you bristle, hurl some invective and go on your merry reproductive way.
Instead of doing that, focus on whichever ones of these seven you could do.
Perhaps you could stop using or reduce your use of plastic. Americans dispose of 10.5 million tons of plastic garbage every year. A single plastic bottle can spend anywhere from 100 to 1000 years in a landfill. I wrote about the havoc of water plastic battles here.
Or, if plastic is so near and dear to you that you can’t give it up, why not endeavor to do something else earth-friendly, like buy locally grown food? Food sold in American supermarkets has to travel an average of 1,500 miles to get from the farm to your plate. Buying locally not only supports your local economy, but cuts out the massive amounts of energy used to store and transport the products across the world.
If the environmental appeal isn’t appealing, consider doing it for your very self. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, locally grown is usually fresher and more nutritious.
Which brings me to a third consideration in the list of seven — go vegetarian.
Meat production is responsible for around 18% of global CO2 emissions. 5,214 gallons of water are required to produce a single pound of beef, and the EPA estimates that more than 27,000 miles of US rivers have been polluted by livestock waste.
All in the service of our taste buds.
Well, that leaves four more things you can do to improve our earth, which I encourage you to explore right here.
And, if you need an inspirational, personal story, consider reading the other article that I mentioned above that resonated with me today. It’s about Bea Johnson, of Mill Valley, California, who lives a nearly zero-waste lifestyle.
You can read about this mother of two youngsters and how they (including her husband) produce just a handful of waste in four months!
She also has a blog: The Zero Waste Home.
Much of the stuff you’ll encounter at the above links I’ve been doing for many years, but there’s more tweaking to do. It’s a step by step process. And today is a good day to start!
“A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with the first step”.
— Chinese proverb