Happy Earth Day!
An annual event held on April 22, Earth Day demonstrates support for protecting our environment. First held in 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated around the world by Earthday.org, which includes 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.
This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Restore the Earth” to bring hope that we all can come together to heal the planet. Here are a few things you can do to celebrate Earth Day and to help heal and protect our planet today:
Watch your trash. Focus on the three “R’s” to help conserve our natural resources and landfill spaces - reduce, reuse, and recycle. Reduce your garbage and reuse or recycle materials when and where you can.
For example, use reusable water bottles instead of individual plastic water bottles. Bring a reusable coffee mug to your favorite coffeeshop instead of buying a paper cup of coffee each time. Use reusable bags to carry your groceries. Take a reusable lunch bag to work or use glassware to store your lunch. Refurbish old furniture. And, instead of throwing out paper with print on one side, use it for scratch paper at home.
Be aware of the packaging you purchase. Buy groceries in bulk, in concentrate, or refillable containers when possible. Buy large economy-sized non-perishable items, like soap, shampoo, dry dog food, cleaning or paper good products.
Lastly, hold a garage sale for gently used clothing items, furniture, shoes, sports equipment, and other household items. You can also simply donate them to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, homeless shelter, or other non-profit organization.
Be empowered to do your part to help our environment. By practicing these suggestions, you can feel good about creating a healthier world for us all.