Almost 48 years ago, Earth day was created and is still today’s biggest civic-focused day of action around the world. According to the Earth Day website there are over one billion people who participate in making the Earth a better place each year on April 22. However, one day a year may not be enough. Making every day Earth day is as simple as replacing light bulbs with CFL or LED light bulbs.
The Earth Day website explains that making some small changes in your everyday lifestyle can not only help save the Earth but also save you money. The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from daily human life is referred to as our Carbon footprint. It is ideal to have a small carbon footprint to keep toxins out of the Earth’s atmosphere. When it comes to getting from place to place, carpooling will reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you don’t drive. If driving is a must for you, make sure to keep your tires properly inflated to get better gas mileage, which will reduce your carbon footprint by 20 pounds for every gallon of gas saved.
Instead of throwing everything in the same garbage bin, try to recycle plastics, glass and papers. By doing so, you can reduce your garbage up to 10% and reduce your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year, said the Earth Day Network. Switch from disposable plastics to reusable cups and straws. Donating old clothes, using cloth towels instead of paper towels, switching to online billing/ direct deposit, reading more online documents and using reusable water bottles and shopping bags will help keep Earth clean.
This Earth is the only earth we have. Keeping it clean for protecting the environment is the best option to prolonging the Earth’s life. The Earth is what ultimately provides every human with food and water. If we continue to pollute the water and air, eventually we will pollute our own bodies. Even though we may not see huge changes now or in our future years, our future children may suffer the consequences of our careless actions.
The saying goes back to our elementary years; “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” and is still relevant today. Reduce your waste, reuse items that you can and recycle plastics, glass and papers.