Earth Day is coming up and there’s no better way to show gratitude for our planet than by helping to restore it. While you may think “going green” is a complex process, here are a few things you can do that will make a big difference.
Make a small donation to The Canopy Project
Since 2010, EarthDay.org has planted tens of millions of trees globally in partnership with The Canopy Project. For every dollar donated to the organization, a tree is planted in a community most at-risk from climate change and environmental degradation. Just think of the tremendous impact we could have on reforesting if we all donated $1.
Pick up the trash
Going for a walk around your neighborhood? Use it as an opportunity to clean up some trash. Picking up small items such as cigarette butts can make a big difference in our communities. Cigarette butts are the most abundant form of plastic pollution. When these toxic plastics are improperly disposed of on the street corner or out the car window, they slowly leach toxins into our natural systems, presenting a serious threat to us and our environment.
Remember to recycle
It’s almost time for “spring cleaning.” A small but wonderful way to help the environment is to donate home goods and clothing instead of throwing them away. Every year, tons of clothing is discarded and ends up in landfills. Many of these items are in perfect condition and could benefit someone in need.
Change from paper statements to online billing. It only takes a moment to modify the way you receive your monthly bills. This minor act will save trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck.
Avoid using single-use plastic items
When possible buy products in glass or paper. Glass products are easily reused and paper is a much friendlier product to the environment.
While Earth Day may prompt you to take part in some of these activities, we encourage you to think about how you can improve the environment on a daily basis. Together, we can make a difference!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead