Editorial Commentary on Earth Day
Earth Day is supposed to be a day celebrating Mother Earth in all her bountiful glory. Yet with global warming, climate change, clean water, carbon footprints, skyrocketing gas prices and animal extinction all hot topics in the news, hasn’t every day become a veritable Earth Day?
Think about how many more news reports there are focusing on the impact humans have on the Earth. How many new products are there touting titles like “eco-friendly” or “organic”? How many more people are recycling or reducing their driving? To be honest, despite the media frenzy and consumer goods, I’m not sure whether that much has changed.
Earth Day: Thinking About Another Year Gone by
Another year has passed with a remarked improvement in people’s lifestyles. Organic produce is more popular as food prices rise, while hybrids and fuel technology are worked on at a much faster pace.
On the other hand, Antarctic ice shelves keep breaking, trash is still floating all over the ocean and the U.S. still has yet to sign the Kyoto Treaty.
Maybe what people needs is not the fear instilled in headlines like “Planet in Peril.” Alternatively, in an uncertain financial future, people need to be reminded on ways they can save money. With that in mind, here is the basic rundown of a few things anyone can do anywhere to help save the environment.
Ideas for Environmental Change on Earth Day
*Change your light bulbs. Electricity is the number one pollutant and cause of carbon emissions. CFLs and LED lights are the way of the future, since they burn less energy and last much longer than regular light bulbs. Moreover, they are much cheaper than they used to be and will save hundreds of dollars in the long run on your electric bill.
*Recycle. It’s not that difficult. All you need to do is get another trash bin, or box, or something that contains things, and throw all your aluminum cans, plastic bottles and glass into it. Take it to the nearest recycling center. In some states, they will give you money for doing this simple act. How easy is that?
*Clean green. You know, ammonia smells like that because it’s not natural. Do you really want to sit in a bathtub covered in it? Look for greener cleaning options that smell better and do not involve harmful chemicals that are equally detrimental to the environment.
*Turn off the tap. Every time you wash your face or brush your teeth, turn off the tap. Also, shave a few minutes off your showering time. You’ll save hundreds of gallons of water each year doing so.
*Buy organic produce. Go down to the local farmer’s market and buy your fruits and vegetables for the week at a cheaper price. It saveson the carbon used to drive it over to the grocery store and it seriously tastes better — you know, like fruit is supposed to taste. Like gardening? Plant a few vegetables of your own and reap in the savings.
These seem like simple ideas because they are! Going green does not have to involve solar paneling, rollerblading to work or becoming a vegan (although these are all great ideas if you’re thinking about it). A few adjustments in your lifestyle can translate into being green and reducing your carbon footprint without having to do anything very different. Wasn’t that easy?
Happy Earth Day!
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