A long time ago, I gave up hopes of saving the planet. I’m just one person, but I am one person with a voice, a mind, and a passion to make a difference.
I think people want to make a positive impact on the planet. I think people do have environmental concerns. However, I think people don’t know where to start.
So in honor of April 22, Earth Day, I decided to make a list of a few practical and easy ways you can start making a positive impact.
This is super easy. I planted a tree in my backyard and it is great to see how much it has grown since I was in elementary school. Planting a tree helps with reducing pollution in the air, it helps soak up the water from the rain, provides a home for animals, and it helps cool down the area in the summer. A win win for all.
I used to drive my car to my library or my best friends house. When my car broke down, I started to take the bus, ride my bike, and walk more. I realized that my library was a mile from my house and my best friend lived only half a mile from my house; why was I driving! Now, weather and time permitted, I walk or ride my bike or even take the bus to locations that are under 5 miles.
Get new light bulbs
Changing your light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs will make a difference. It is easy, last longer, and it is worth the price.
Even if you never recycle a bottle in your life, please just get informed. Read the newspaper, read a blog, check out Twitter or Facebook for news. It all starts with information. Once you are informed, it is inevitable, you will start changing.
Tell a friend
Maybe you don’t like going outside or people or helping. Maybe you just like sitting on the computer. That is fine. But, you can still make an impact from your couch. Share information. Share, like, tweet, blog about causes. The more people talk about these issues, the more people know, and the bigger the impact that can be made.
Reuse and Recycle
Find out your local laws for recycling and get on board.
Recycle: glass, paper, electronics, and more. Also properly dispose of medication- we don’t need anymore chemicals in our drinking water.
Reuse. Instead of tossing a glass jar, maybe use it to store oils, teas, juice, sauces, etc. Instead of tossing a t-shirt, turn it into a bag to go grocery shopping or use it to clean your home.
Eat and shop locally
Volunteer! Get involved with your community. You will learn about different causes, meet new people, and make an impact in an collaborative environment.
Turn off your computer
Turn off your computer at night, it will help save you some money on your electricity bill.
Cut down on the amount of mail you receive and go paperless. It helps save paper , cuts down on waste, and helps save time with paying bills online.
Cut down on diaper waste
Diapers fill landfills and all that can be reduced by finding alternative ways to diaper your baby.
There are ways to make an impact without becoming a fanatic environmentalist. But, trust me, the more knowledge you gain about what really is going on out there, the more you will turn into that tree hugging environmentalist. It’s inevitable, the truth makes you angry and irritated and motivated to make a difference.
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What would you add to this list of easy and practical ways to make an impact on Earth Day and beyond?
An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre