Jennifer, Clemens Mill | April 1, 2021
As we look back on the year we have had with lockdowns from COVID 19, there is what some may call a silver lining in all the grey clouds: the life that was given back to the environment. I remember sitting on my balcony, and noticing how much bluer the sky was, and how fresh the air was. There were birds in the trees that I’d never seen before and lots of them. NASA reported significant impact that worldwide shutdowns had on air, land, water, and climate.
I noticed fewer planes flying in the skies, and more families strolling in the park. People walked dogs, threw Frisbees, sat under trees.
It’s easy to forget that the Earth needs us; we get busy and life takes over. But, this past year I had a lot of time to notice the beauty of the Earth and all its creatures. And now I want to keep reminding myself that the future of the Earth is in our hands.
There couldn’t be a better time to celebrate Earth, as it is Spring, a time of renewal, wonder and Earth Day.
Here are a few easy things that we can all do, to keep the Earth beautiful.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Use a clothesline
- Use energy efficient light bulbs
- Have a vegetarian day once per week
- Use cloth napkins at your dinner table
- Don’t buy bottled water; use a filter and a refillable bottle
- Cut down on plastic; use a Bulk or Refill store.
- Try Tru Earth laundry detergent and stop buying bottles of detergent.
- Say no to plastic Straws (there are many alternatives including bamboo and paper)
- Use both sides of paper, and don’t throw paper away until you have used it as much as possible
- Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth
- Re-use gift wrap and bows (or better yet, find creative ways to wrap gifts, with old maps or sheet music, newspaper or fabric bags)
- Shorten your shower time
- Plant a tree
- Buy second hand
- Buy local
- Invest in a travel cup for your coffee
- Get a timer for your thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature of your home when you are asleep or not at home.
- Turn off lights when not in a room
- Recycle your old cell phones properly. If it goes to the landfill the toxins from the cell battery will leak into the soil and pollute the ground.
- Use paper matches over plastic lighters
- Reduce your junk mail
- Donate your unwanted belongings to charity shops
- Take a reusable tote bag to the grocery store
- Don’t use coffee stirs, use a spoon instead (or a piece of dry fettuccini!)
- Use paper Q-tips (not the ones with the plastic spindle)
- Ask for bills and bank statements to be emailed instead of receiving paper copies
- Ride your bike!