Happy earth day, all!
All over the world, people celebrated the earth. They held demonstrations, created art, raised awareness of dire and preventable issues facing the earth and immersed themselves in nature. It’s a pity we don’t all do this more often!
There is such stunning beauty around us, whether it’s in a park, a garden, at the top of a mountain, on a hiking trail or at the beach – wherever you find beauty – but it can be so easy to forget that the earth is wounded. Human activity is hurting and killing it, and I’m not just talking about the devastating effects of animal agriculture; there are mountains of trash on and underneath our oceans, our forests are being chopped down at shocking rates, our air is being polluted, and we’re buying and using so much that is being chucked into landfill without a second thought for how long it will take for the earth to break it down. There are over 5 TRILLION pieces of plastic in the ocean, which weighs an estimated 270k tonnes. That number is hard to even imagine but this estimate could likely be even higher.
By hurting the earth, we’re hurting ourselves. Like all animals, it’s natural for humans to be immersed in nature. We find peace there, and particularly now in the age we’re living in, with our eyes constantly fixed on the unnatural light of screens, sitting inside most of the day, breathing in air doused with perfumes and air fresheners and smoke, drinking water tainted with chemicals and chlorine byproducts, and filling ourselves with corpses and processed foods. It’s no wonder as people we’re all so ill and our world is bearing the brunt of this too.
But we can’t just sit around worrying and stressing over the damage being done to the world, we have a duty to do something. One major thing you can do is recycle properly and encourage others to do the same; you could set up a recycling bin at work (I just set one up in my office two weeks ago and people have been really good at making an effort!), buy glass over plastic, purchase as many unpackaged things as possible (fruit and veg are always easy options here) and when you do buy packaged products, recycle them!
Besides this, get involved with environmental groups and educate your friends and family on the damage being done to the earth and what easy changes they can make to prevent it. If you’re a girl, think about buying a moon cup or reusable period pads instead of using disposable ones. According to Down2Earth.ie, sanitary pads and baby’s diapers can take 500 years to biodegrade. That’s insane!
Earth Day is a good way to think about our daily habits more, our actions and how they affect the people around us and the earth we stand on. I’m not saying people have to become environmentalists overnight, but we can take this opportunity to make changes. We can try harder, even if it’s just one thing, even if you decide to recycle for the first time or if you ditch your sanitary products and buy something reusable; every little helps. All we have to do is care. Remember: Reduce, reuse, recycle!
What did you do for Earth Day? Let me know in the comments!