Did you know that Earth Day was conceived in 1970 as a way to enlighten and encourage people to become more environmentally friendly. The first Earth Day celebration took place in the United States after a disastrous oil spill along the Refugio coast in Santa Barbara. The celebrations continue annually and today Earth Day is celebrated in 196 countries every year.
There are some small things that each of us can do to live more sustainably, even if you only consider doing one thing from our list, it’s a good start! In honour of Earth Day we thought we would share some eco-friendly ideas to green your routine!
- Trees for the earth
The theme of this year’s Earth Day is trees for the earth, so why not plant a tree! In your garden, in your yard, or in a designated space. If you can’t plant a tree, you can make a small donation to a variety of Earth Day organizations that will plant a tree on your behalf. The American and Canadian Earth Day organizations are a good place to start earthday.org and earthday.ca
- Eat less meat
Fruits, vegetables, and grains have a much smaller carbon footprint than animal products. It takes approximately 1,850 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef, and only 39 gallons of water to produce a pound of veggies[i]. Why not try meatless Mondays?
- Stop using plastic bags
Try carrying a reusable bag with you so you aren’t tempted to grab a plastic bag while shopping. If you are still using plastic garbage bags you could switch to compostable bags. According to the Earth Day network only about 10% of plastic is properly recycled, the rest ends up as waste in landfills leaching dangerous chemicals into the ground and nearby water.
Those are just three small things to try but there are so many other ways that you can contribute to building a healthy, sustainable future for our planet.
Think you know a thing or two about Earth Day? Try taking this Earth Day quiz. Have you ever wondered what your spirit animal is? Google provided a fun quiz for Earth Day 2015, find out your spirit animal here!
Happy Earth Day everyone!