I will readily admit that it took me quite a while to tighten up on my “go-green” habits. In fact it took me seeing through various documentaries (Food Inc., Super Size Me) but I’m slowly getting there with recycling every solitary water bottle and such. But today is Earth Day across the globe and already businesses are eager to promote the cause. Starbucks is giving away free coffee for those who bring their own mugs and for those in the NYC area Earth Day New York is funding virtual forests that will be sprinkled across all of Times Square’s billboards throughout the day.
Today is the 39th since Earth Day firt began in 1970, sparking a movement and bringing forth environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
So what is Earth Day to you? If you’re not able to attend one of the local supportive events today there’s plenty of smaller things you can do to contribute to the cause:
- Pick up the trash: If you live in the city, you most likely walk by it everyday. Unfortunately in most urban settings littering is frequent, it may be gross but it wouldn’t hurt to grab a few pieces of trash and throwing them away. Your example may even spark someone else to start cleaning up the waste.
- Start planting!: Planting tree’s and smaller plants are great for the environment. Plants promote clean air and the simple of taking care of the plant is bound to make you more aware of taking care of the environment as a whole.
- Eat Local: Local food vendors often by their produce from local farms. This is a great way to promote sustainability, which means that the food growth process was healthy for the environment (didn’t involve the use of pesticides), the workers and the animals involved.
Celebrating Earth Day doesn’t have to mean a huge effort if enough of us play our small parts, even if it means taking a day off from what we already knew wasn’t good for us, or the earth, anyway.