Founded on April 22, 1970, Earth Day is not only a celebration of our beautiful earth, but it is also a call to action. The fact that our planet is in danger is an understatement. Saving the planet seems impossible, and many people find the idea just too overwhelming to even know where to begin. Standing up for the planet and taking action to protect it is more important now more than ever. While there are many ways to make an impact (check out this extensive guide from couponchief.com), here is just a short list of five easy ways we like.
- Change up your commute.
With over 15% of global CO2 emissions coming from the the transportation sector, it is important for you to reconsider how you commute. Instead of driving everywhere, walking or biking is ideal, but definitely not an option for everyone. Public transportation or carpooling is much more efficient, and another great alternative to driving in your personal vehicle.
2. Decrease your consumption of animal products.
The animal agriculture industry is the most environmentally destructive on the planet. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation. When you consider the vast amount of resources that goes into raising and processing animals for meat and other products, it only makes sense to drop (or at least decrease) meat consumption for the well- being of planet.
3. Evaluate your home energy use.
Lower your thermostats, check your home for energy leaks, switch out your light bulbs for more energy efficient ones. These are all great (and very easy) ways to save energy (and money) in your own house. You could even take it a step further and consider installing solar panels at your house – they are more affordable and accessible than ever!
4. Consider your resource consumption.
You can save water by taking shorter showers or using a low-flow shower head, or watering your lawn less often or using a drip irrigation system. Switch off lights and be aware of your personal natural resource consumption. Check our the EPA’s Carbon Footprint Calculator to learn more about how much energy we actually use.
5. Compost and create less waste.
Every pound of trash you create has to go somewhere, and that somewhere is a landfill. Landfills cause all sorts of environmental problems, and lots of times that trash gets lost along the way and ends up as litter in the environment. The average American produces 7.1 pounds of trash every day. Composting eliminates natural waste going to landfill. Buy food items in bulk (or at least not individually packaged), reconsider unnecessary purchases with excessive packaging, use re-usable shopping bags and bring a reusable water bottle or coffee cup with you to work or school.
Come out to the Chattahoochee Nature Center this Earth Day to reconnect with nature. Some of the special Earth Day Activities at CNC include a canoe trip, a youth fly fishing and conservation clinic, evening hike and campfire, a presentation by Safari guide and ornithologist Matt Brennan about Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Private Game Reserves and book signing with David Haskell.
The possibilities to help the environment are endless, and the global impact is immeasurable. Integrate some of the ideas into your everyday life to help the planet and make a difference.
The Mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center is to connect people with nature. Learn more at www.chattnaturecenter.org.