Earth Day Can Be Every Day
Today, April 22nd, 2017, is Earth Day. It’s a nice idea and all but to be honest, this “holiday” is pretty insulting these days. It’s no secret our planet is having a hard time as a result of years and years of greed and willful ignorance. For us to dedicate one day a year to the Earth is ridiculous. Every day can be Earth Day, and it should be.
In any case, my complaints won’t make a single difference, so let’s focus on what we can be doing every day to help the planet. If enough of us participate in even the smallest of thoughtful activities, perhaps we can make a big impact. It’s worth a shot, this is our only home after all.
When I say we can help the planet, I don’t mean we need to be traveling the world spreading the word and trying to influence hundreds of people. I mean, think of the little things you do during your every day life that carry short or long term consequences to the planet. Consider the following:
-Bring cloth bags to the grocery store. Stop encouraging the manufacturing of plastic waste.
-Walk, ride your bike, take public transit where possible. Decrease your carbon footprint.
-Grow your own food. Stop relying on big agriculture as they are doing plenty of harm to our planet with their current practices.
-Plant bee-friendly plants and flowers.
-Get yourself and your children outside. Help them appreciate this planet so they will take good care of it as they grow up. Their generation has a better chance of understanding the impact of our actions than most of others at this point (as sad as that is to say).
-Fix all leaky faucets and shower heads so you are not leaking (and wasting) water.
-Don’t use pesticides. You don’t need them. There are other ways to get rid of weeds etc. that are natural and won’t hurt the environment.
-Don’t buy bottled water. Purchase a reusable bottle. It will cut down on waste and can be used for years.
Your children are the Earths best shot at seeing significant improvements over the next several decades. Dalby Farm spends every Spring Summer & Fall helping kids learn how to better care for the planet- allowing them to develop meaningful relationships with animals, plants, and insects. We believe (and have seen) that these experiences early in life lead to a more environmentally-concsious lifestyle as they grow. Consider booking a birthday party or enrolling your child in our summer learning programs to start them on an eco-friendly path today 🙂