For nearly 50 years, people around the world have celebrated Earth Day to support environmental movements and build awareness around issues such as conservation, climate change and pollution. These problems are so extensive that many people have no idea how to even start trying to fix them. So, having no idea what we can do, we do nothing. However, there are things that all of us can do to help every day.
Inspire your community
Get started by getting active in community efforts at cleanup and recycling programs. If your community has no such programs, go to city council meetings and help get them going. You can also help the environment at work. Talk to management, and show them the benefits of having a community kitchen stocked with reusable, mugs, water bottles, plates and utensils.
Plant Something Green
Planting a tree on Earth Day is something we’re all familiar with, but how many of us ever get around to actually doing it? Don’t get discouraged, there are loads of companies that support tree programs, like Grand Trunk, who recently launched their National Forest Hammock Collaboration. The hammock features a unique print with a color palette inspired by our beautiful forests with 10% of the proceeds benefitting the NFF’s mission to improve the health and vitality of our National Forests across the country. Last year, Grand Trunk planted 5,000 trees and this year they are proudly committing to planting 5,000 more. Let's face it, planting a tree by buying a hammock sounds a lot easier, right?
Support Forward Thinkers
Some might assume that green technology, like solar power, is reserved for homeowners or the well-to-do, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, there are all kinds of affordable solar-powered gadgets that can help you go green. Did you know you can charge your phone with a portable solar-powered charger? Not only are these innovative products super convenient, they’re also earth friendly.
So, you see, it turns out that you can do a lot to save the environment every day. It’s not how much one person can do to make a change; it’s the collective effort that makes the difference.