Today is World Earth Day and this is a great time to celebrate Mother Nature and consider the personal impact we have on the environment and how we can work towards improving it. World Earth Day is one of the most celebrated and widely participated environmental events in the world and we can contribute to this fantastic initiative by making small changes around our homes and everyday life that not only benefit the earth, but our health as well.
Believe it or not, the best way to lessen our impact on the environment is by reducing the amount of animal products we consume. By cutting back meat intake, or even better removing it from our diet completely, we become one step closer to being more earth-friendly. There are so many fantastic meat-free alternatives on the market that are nutrient-dense and suitable for the whole family and incorporating these into our diet is a great way to not only offer a healthier option, but a greener, cleaner and kinder one too.
At the same time, little things at home that most people wouldn’t often think twice about can be a burden on our environment. For example, I have a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker stuck to my mailbox. More than 100 million trees are destroyed every single year to make all the junk mail that is delivered to our doors. So not only is it a massive inconvenience to most but it is also a huge burden on our environment. Doing something as small as sticking a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker to your mailbox will help you reduce your footprint dramatically with next to no effort at all.
Setting small challenges for ourselves can turn ‘green’ changes into long-term habits. For example, take a reusable cup for your coffee instead of insisting on a takeaway one. Or, when a waitress offers you a straw with your drink, politely decline and drink from the glass instead. Even taking your own green bags to the supermarket and saying no to the plastic ones is a great step in the right direction. Making changes like these, regardless of how small they are, have a positive impact on our environment and are the small habits that will inevitably have the greatest impact long-term.
Happy World Earth Day!