Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Earth

EARTH DAY

Happy Earth Day!

I like to think of Earth as my extended home. If I wouldn’t want to trash up my house, why would I want to trash up Mother Earth? With this in mind, here are some easy things that we can all do to take care of our home and with that, take care of ourselves.

  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three “R’s” to conserve natural resources and landfill space. It takes DECADES for things like plastic to break down in landfills. Last year, I make a trip to the local dump and it made me feel awful to think that we’re literally burying all this stuff into the Earth.
  • Volunteer. Volunteer for cleanups in your community. You can get involved in protecting your watershed, too. Watersheds are SO important to keeping drought in California (and anywhere else) at bay. 
  • Educate. When you further your own education, you can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources. A lot of people don’t realize what happens to things that get thrown away, how long they take to break down and what the chemicals do to the planet when they do.
  • Conserve water. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that eventually end up in the ocean. It seems like we rarely get enough rainfall in California anymore. Drip irrigation and hand watering do a lot of good. Shutting off the faucet when we wash our hands and brush our teeth is a great place to start too!
  • Choose sustainable. A lot of companies are starting to make a grassroots effort to create products that are better for our environment and our bodies. Some even give the option to buy without the additional packaging.
  • Shop wisely. Buy less plastic and bring a reusable shopping bag. When buying poop bags for your pooch, look carefully for biodegradable bags (some say they are but when you read the fine print, these is some false advertising out there).
  • Use long-lasting light bulbs. Energy efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions and less waste into the landfills. Also flip the light switch off when you leave the room.
  • Plant a garden. Even better, grow your own food. The nutrient content is higher when what was once fresh food travels by truck hundreds of miles. Use organic soil and fertilizers to cut down on chemicals seeping into the ground and into your mouth.
  • Don’t send chemicals into our waterways. Choose non-toxic chemicals in the home and office. That water eventually makes it back to us and has to be cleaned by our water agencies.
  • Bike more. Walk more. Drive less.