Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!!

Happy Earth Day!!
Lets make EVERY day Earth day!  

Here are some steps we can all take to thank our Earth today (and every day hereafter).

Today, and every day, be conscious of recycling efforts (seek out a recycling bin for that bottle or can, buy a reusable water bottle, reduce how much material you print, recycle paper and cardboard items).

It is easy to forgot that EVERY SINGLE THING we put in our trash cans ends up going somewhere - it doesn't just vanish once it leaves our house.  My trash, for example, goes to a small, temporary dump about 15 minutes away (and it is hard to believe that this place is considered a 'small' dump - the amount of trash there is insane).  Next, it goes to a BIG, huge, dump - a landfill that is overwhelmed by trash.  Does it go somewhere from there?  I don't know, but what I do know is that a lot of those things that end up in landfills - plastics,, cardboards, papers, aluminum, etc., could have been recycled, reused, and kept out of the landfills.  Because one day, we will run out of space to dump all of our trash.  Just think about how much trash goes out of your house each week.  Now consider how much trash is picked up off of your street each week.  How about your entire town?  Now try considering the whole state.  I can't even fathom that - much less trying to picture the entire country.  If you are able, I highly suggest visiting a landfill.  It will forever change how you view 'trash.'

It is easy to think that YOU can't make a difference, but consider just how much trash you produce in a week, or a month, or a year - and think about how much of that could have been recycled.  Please, please recycle as much as possible.

Composting is a fun way to recycle old food scraps!  It keeps old or unusable food scraps out of landfills and helps improve your yard or garden.  I take all leftover vegetable scraps, yard clippings, and even dust and hair I sweep off the floor and compost it.  My county gives out free composters to all county residents - check if your county has a similar program!

Consider going vegetarian once a week.  A lot of people have implemented a Meatless Monday schedule.  Eating vegetarian helps cut down on deforestation, slows global warming, and protects against air and water pollution, amongst other things (read more HERE).  Try going vegetarian once a week - you'll be surprised how easy it is!  I've been a vegetarian for almost seven years now and I forget that I'm not a meat-eater.  Check out Quorn products for some great meat-free vegetarian products!

One of my biggest pet peeves is when water is wasted.  J often leaves the sink running while he brushes his teeth, or turns the shower on five minutes before he gets in.  All of that wasted water REALLY adds up fast.  In the US, we are fortunate to have so much clean water - but we are (rather quickly) polluting it.  I go kayaking in our local water supply and each and every year it is getting lower and lower.  These waters are also becoming polluted, from pesticides, illegally dumped chemicals, medicines/toxins dumped down drains, and more.  Take efforts to keep our water clean and to CONSERVE the water we have.
The same thing with energy.  Be mindful of how long you leave the refrigerator door open, take efforts to turn off unused lights or unplug unused electronics.  I am very bad about doing both of those, so my resolution this year is to focus on saving more energy.  I need to make sure I turn off all the lights when I leave a room and I will unplug energy-zapping electronics when I'm not using them (like my printer, toaster, and camera charger).  Take that step with me!

Like Heather (Lambchop Mobile) said, try walking or biking instead of driving!  If you live in a sidewalk friendly area, walking to work, the grocery, or to visit a friend is a great way to protect the earth - and get some exercise!  Many workplaces offer bike incentives, either extra cash for you or money towards a bike.  Biking is an excellent way to stay in shape and a great way to get to and from work.  Heather rides her bike to work daily!  Take a cue from Heather and try biking to work.  Even biking to work one day a month will reduce emissions.  Make sure you wear your helmet!

There are lots of things WE can do to help protect our Earth.  This is the ONLY Earth we have, and we need to take care of it!  We live on a unique, amazing planet and we need to be conscious of the impact we have on it.  I believe that being CONSCIOUS of what we do is the most important thing we can do.  Being aware of the efforts we can take should help us make small changes.  Take a moment today to do something great for our planet - and then try doing that same thing again tomorrow, and then the next day too.  Make being environmentally friendly a habit.  Every single small change makes a different.
YOU can make a difference.

Happy Earth day, everyone!
Thanks for taking care of our planet!!

For Earth Day, take a close up of our beautiful earth.  Isn't it amazing?

PS: there are two 4 leaf clovers and one 5 leaf clover in this picture.  Can you find them?


SeeingSunshine said...

Great Earth day post! You're so informative. I already do most of these things and I've been thinking about starting a compost heap. Perhaps now is the time!

And Quorn definitely has the best fake chicken! Mmmm

polishedlyrics said...

Thanks for the post Brooke. Michael does things like that, and I'm the one in the relationship that wants to recycle everything and not waste..he tells me to get over I swear. And you know what still blows my mind is that in todays day and age my parents still don't have recycling where they live, same with my best friend, I guess Arkansas is still slighty behind and since they live so far out in the country...

Tuli said...

Thank you for this wonderful and informative post ! And happy Earth Day to you too :-)))

MightyLambchop said...

Great post!
One to thing to tell people to is to reduce their emissions from their cars. Try taking the bus once a week or car pool. If you live in a bike friendly city like me, try commuting by bike. It helps keep the air clean and keeps you in shape!

Claire's Blog said...

Nice Earth Day Info !

Kelsey said...

I could never find the four leaf clovers... and I still can't haha

We went vegetarian tonight with Quorn chicken patties (I think they spell chicken some odd way), they were delicious on top of our Santa Fe Salads!!!

Happy Earth Day :)

Green Stone said...

I spent hours looking! Baaaagh damn you!

By the way, I've given you a blog award!

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