This year marks the 46th anniversary of the celebration of Earth Day, which is thought of as the birthday of the modern environmental movement. While in some ways it may seem like we haven’t come that far since that first celebration in 1970, but in many ways we have. The biggest change by far is that the idea of sustainable living isn’t just some highfalutin theory, but, in fact, sustainable living is a practical part of many people’s everyday lives. From recycling and reusable bags to gardening and eating local foods, sustainable living is an integrated part of our daily lives.
But if you are looking to step-up your game when it comes to sustainable living, here are some excellent ideas to help you celebrate Earth Day (and everyday for that matter).
- Shop local for as much as you can. It will reduce carbon costs and help make your local economy more vibrant and sustainable.
- If you want to save the world, participate in community gardening.
- One of the best ways to be more sustainable is to reduce your energy consumption and the best way to do that is to get a home energy audit to learn how you can make your home more energy efficient.
- Get involved. There are many ways you can make a difference in your community, town and state by trying to improve local local laws to help reduce energy consumption, protect, wildlife, save at risk coastlines and more.
- Commit to bicycling for trips under 2 miles and if you are really motivated start a bike project to promote biking in your community.
- Set up a rain barrel to collect rainwater for watering your garden.
- Go vegetarian or commit to Meatless Mondays to reduce your carbon footprint.
- Volunteer for park, community and coast day cleanups to help keep plastic and other trash out of waterways.
- Eschew the “fast fashion” trend and instead mend, repurpose, share and thrift clothes instead of purchasing new.
- If you are lucky enough to have a flexible job/workplace, telecommute whenever possible.
- Start a compost bin to keep food scraps out of the landfill, or if you live in an apartment try vermicomposting.
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