9 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
Connect with the earth. The earth provides us with air in our longs, food in our bellies, the beauty we see and the ground beneath us. Earth day provides us with an opportunity to show gratitude, appreciation and love for the connection we have to the earth every minute of our lives.
Salute the Sun. Take your yoga or meditation practice outside more often to reduce your energy consumption and increase your appreciation of the Earth. You’ll get to enjoy the fresh and natural air, and save electricity.
Recycle. A shift in our individual small lifestyle habits can create a powerful impact – and recycling is a great example of this.
Invest in a reusable coffee mug, water bottles and straws. If you’re someone who buys coffee or tea on a daily basis, invest in a reusable mug. This new habit could save 5 cups and lids over the course of a work week which adds to about 300 over the course of a year. Ditch the plastic water bottles and travel with a reusable bottle which these days is easy to find places to re-fill. Similarly, ditch the plastic straws at restaurants and bring your own reusable glass or metal oneswith you.
Bring your own grocery bags. Make an effort to keep reusable shopping and produce bagsin your car or bag to reduce the use of plastic bags to protect the environment.
Garden. Today represents a great day to take on a new hobby and start gardening. Planting your own food is a great way to eliminate the carbon emissions that are involved in getting produce to your plate. Plus, you’ll benefit by enjoying fresh and organic produce while saving money. If growing your own produce sounds too daunting, you could start by planting fresh herbs.
Eat more plant-based meals. Whether you love meat or detest it, the excessive demand for it creates excessive strain on the environment. The more we ask for it the more our planet suffers. There are tons of plant-based recipes out there that re simple to find, and if you can’t commit to a whole day without meat, like a meatless Monday, committing to one meal a day is a great start.
Use earth friendly cleaning products. There are many cost-effective, green-friendly options to choose from for cleaning products to keep your home clean and germ-free that don’t rely on harsh chemicals. Having to wear gloves and being advised not to breath in the fumes is a sign that what you’re using is likely not a healthy option. If you are on a tight budget, DIY and research how to make your own cleaning products using lemon juice or vinegar water.
Save Energy. Turn off appliances or lights when you’re not using them. While it may sound so simple, making a conscious effort to change these habits over time can have a huge impact on conserving energy.