Earth Day 2010...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I'm taking an environmental ethics course this term and it has really opened my eyes to the sensuous world surrounding us that we tend to take for granted at times. Even if only for a second today, take a moment to stop and appreciate an aspect of nature that you normally wouldn't pay attention to. Go for a walk, explore a new hiking trail, have a meal outside, open the windows or just take a deep breath of fresh air. In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would post a few tips that could inspire changes (big or small) to benefit this beautiful planet we call home...

1. Reuse your water bottle/coffee mug - Avoid buying bottled water or single use coffee cups and purchase reusable BPA-free, stainless steel and porcelain drinkware.

2. Buy food locally - "Eat local, buy local, be local". Support your local farmers by visiting farmers markets, family farms or locally supported supermarkets. Eat seasonal and buy sustainable.

3. Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs - You'll use a quarter as much energy, they will last about 10,000 hours longer, they're safer and you'll save money in the long run...and don't forget to turn them off when not in use.

4. Recycle - Recycle garbage, books, newspapers, cardboard boxes, glass, plastic, old electronics, batteries, ink cartridges and practically anything you can think of. Get creative and make something new out of something old!

5. Use your own bags (grocery or shopping) - Reusable bags save trees, save water, help air pollution, help our oceans and can be fun to pick out.

6. Consider natural and organic cleaning products - Some of the best non-toxic cleaning products I've ever used are vinegar, lemon, baking soda, olive oil and essential oils.

7. Support companies that are cruelty free - There are many reasons why cruelty to animals is bad for the environment, but at the heart of's just wrong.

8. Conserve water - Turn off the water when possible (brushing your teeth, etc.), take shorter showers, check for leaks and run your dishwasher and clothes washer with full loads.

9. Teach children to love the environment - Lets teach our children at a young age to respect people, animals, nature and the environment. After all, how we treat the environment now, affects their world later. Environmental links for kids:

10. Educate ourselves - One of our greatest gifts is the gift of knowledge. If we take the time to do research and educate ourselves on what is really going on in our world, we'll never have to judge, question, or second-guess what we hear through the grapevine...we will know for ourselves.



Trina S. said...

Goon! All the more reason I can't wait to come on our trip to Oregon ~ To see trees, forests, the beach! So many beautiful things! Thanks for the edumication! ;) LOOOVE it!