Yesterday was the 22nd of April which means that it was Earth Day. Earth Day came about in the early 1970s when the modern environmental movement began in the United States. In 1990, Earth Day went global; mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries. Nowadays, billions of people are aware of the environmental issues. Every day more and more people are becoming conscious, and are demanding action for our planet and its people.
The biggest issue our planet is facing is climate change. Over the past century, the climate has been warming on a global scale. This phenomenon is called global warming and it is being caused by human activities through the emission of CO2 into the atmosphere. Climate change is not only affecting our environment, but also our economy, health and communities in many ways. If, as humans, we don’t make substantial changes, the results will be disastrous.
You can join this fight by being sustainable in your everyday life.
Here are a few simple things that you can do:
→ Reduce your meat consumption
I am not saying that we should all be vegetarians. Some people love meat too much to give it up. Reduction simply means cutting back. How? Start by having a meatless day in your week. Then, this day can become 2, then 3, and so on. Until you are only eating 2-3 meat-containing meals per week. Go for plant-based proteins instead.
→ Conserve water
Step 1 is turning off the water while brushing your teeth. Very simple but very effective if we are all doing it. Once you take the first step, you will find ways to conserve water in your everyday life.
→ Drive less
‘Drive less’ doesn’t have to be followed by ‘bike more’. In some countries, especially many European countries, biking is very normal. However, biking is not that common in most countries. Instead, you could take public transportation more often or you could carpool.
→ Shop wisely
Bring a reusable shopping bag wherever you go. This way if you need to buy anything on your way, you will have that bag and you wouldn’t have to use plastic bags.
→ Educate yourself
The more you know about the environmental issues, the more actions you can take and the more you can contribute. You can then help others understand the value and importance of conserving our Earth.
Yes, we are the ones who caused this damage to the environment. But you have to remember that we are the ones who can fix it. Go green and make our Earth a beautiful place to live. Happy Earth Day!