The great thing about Earth Day is that we can all feel empowered to make a difference that directly affects our planet. While community is a powerful agent for change, there are many empowering personal choices that you can make to positively impact your environment.
Did you know that if one person exchanges eating meat for a plant based diet, they'll reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons per year? Chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows are collectively the largest producer of methane in the U.S. Methane is 20X more powerful at trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide!
If one person exchanges their regular vehicle for a hybrid, they'll reduce emissions by 1 ton per year. This is also a great chance for us to hop on our bikes, walk and carpool. Some of us may even consider designing our lifestyles in a way that decreases the amount of driving we do, like working from home.
Consider planting more vegetables, fruits, plants and flowers in your environment. When we are surrounded by natural beauty we feel better, when we grow our own vegetables, we are more likely to eat healthier. If you just want to get started with something easy, fun and delicious, consider keeping a few potted herbs around the house.
A few other simple household tips include giving up plastic water bottles for glass jars, starting a compost pile in your yard or on a nearby property and keeping toxic cleaning supplies our of our water system. Great cleaning substitutes include baking soda, lemon, vinegar and plain old soap.
Simplify, simplify, simplify. This is my favorite tip. I encourage all readers to stop buying so much "stuff". Consider what you truly need to be happy. Go to your local library, second hand stores and farmers markets. In addition, take a day to make some fresh lemonade, open all your windows, play some beautiful music and clean out all your old stuff. There are so many organizations that need your used clothing, electronics, toys, household items. Clear out your space and transform your life!