Earth Day 2009

I’m just one person.

Saving the earth, is something I just can’t do.

Wrong.

Each of us has the power through our daily decisions and lifestyle choices to make our homes and communities more environmentally friendly, but our power doesn’t end there.

Certainly, trying to put an end to many of the problems that threaten the environment of the earth requires resources and influence far beyond any single individuals capability. Problems like oil spills, hazardous waste, loss of rain forests, endangered species, acid rain, the ozone layer, the municipal waste crisis can feel out of our control. More often than not, movements like those are left to the government.

Yet, because our government exists to serve the needs of their citizens, the way you live your life, the demands you and others around you make for changes to help sustain rather than destroy the environment, directly has an effect on those parties, their actions, and ultimately, the future of our very own planet.

So here are some things I’ve come across that you can do :

Avoid Fast Food
– Most fast food is over packaged and most fast-food companies are responsible for producing mountains of trash. By avoiding fast food whenever possible, you’ll help reduce this needless waste.

Contribute to a Good Cause
– You don’t have to contribute a lot of money. In fact, you don’t have to contribute money at all. A local environmental group probably can use your and your friends’ help in many ways. By volunteering for just a few hours a week, you’ll be making a worthwhile contribution to the environment.

Boycott a Product
– Choose something that you feel is not good for the environment. Once you decide not to buy it, write a letter to the company (the address is often right on the package) and tell them why you have decided not to buy the product anymore. If lots of people did this, companies would start making more environmentally responsible products!

Eat Organic Produce
– Organic produce contains far fewer chemicals than other produce. It’s probably better for your health, and it is definitely better for the environment. All those chemicals get washed off into rivers and streams, where they pollute our water. In addition, many of the chemicals are made from nonrenewable resources.

And if you find yourself not being able to do those things, here are a few simple ones that well, are so simple that they don’t even need explanations.

– Turn off the lights.
– Use rechargeable batteries.
– Cut down packaging.
– Recycle everything.
– Use recycled things.
– Car pool to school/work.
– Don’t leave the tap running.
– Stop using styrofoam.

We can help.

Over the last few decades, we have managed to come up with possibly every idea there is to conserve energy and natural resources. Many plans have been developed, discussed and even put into action. But when individuals start questioning the impact of their efforts, and choose to give up, all these plans and ideas remain exactly where there are. Being just plans and ideas.

It is my opinion that you can be most effective by choosing one or two specific problems to focus on. Don’t try to do everything at once. You are not God. Pick a problem and learn as much about it as you can. Then do something about it. Start a group. Join an organization. Get involved. Progress does not happen by you sitting on your ass. Get started today.

Oh! And sign up for Earth Hour HERE.
Saturday, 28th March 2009.
8.30pm local time, wherever you are on the planet.

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