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Happy Earth Day! Here’s How You Can Protect Our Earth

Today is Earth Day! I love celebrating Earth Day because it’s so important that we take care of our beautiful planet. Together, we can truly make a difference.

Earth Day is an annual event which occurs every April 22nd to highlight and support the environmental protection program. Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 and is now celebrated globally by 1 billion people in 193 countries. It’s a necessary reminder that the world we live in is an extremely special place and we must take care of it every day. Many times when I’m on vacation or traveling somewhere with brilliant scenery, I try to take a moment to really soak it all in. I remember the picture below… it was almost this time last year, COVID was still very new and we decided to drive to my in-law’s vacation home in Seaside, FL to get away for a bit. The beach was nearly empty and very relaxing; all we could hear were the waves crashing. As I sat in my beach chair, I remember looking at the sand, water and never-ending sky and thinking “wow, this is absolutely amazing.”

I was truly blown away by the magnificent view in front of me. Whether or not you believe in God, somehow, someway, this was created and it needs to be taken care of by us.

I’ve compiled a list of 8 easy and simple practices we can all adopt to make our world a healthier planet.

  1. Educate. Everything starts with education and in this instance, the same applies. It’s best to start reading and educating yourself (if you haven’t already) about our planet and how Earth is being affected by plastic, chemicals, etc. The more you know, the more knowledge you can share with others to be impactful and inspirational.
  2. Conserve light and water. You can start by using energy-efficient light bulbs which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. {Greenhouse gas emissions is from carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O). They are released to produce electricity and can cause climate change by trapping heat.} Remember to turn your light switches off when you leave a room. Also, conserving water is very important! The less water you use, the less wastewater ends up in our beautiful oceans. I know this can be a hard one to adopt but if you don’t need water running, turn it off.
  3. Plant a tree. Trees truly are so important and magical! Not only do trees produce oxygen, they help clean the air, save energy and combat climate change.
  4. Choose Sustainable. Eating sustainable seafood means the seafood is harvested in a safe way that doesn’t harm other sea creatures or the ecosystem. This benefits everything from our fisherman to the chefs who prepare your delicious salmon dish. Visit Marine Conservation Society – www.mcsuk.org – for more information about how to choose sustainable seafood.
  5. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This has to be one of the easiest practices we can all try to do every day. If you drink out of plastic water bottles, fine. But for the love of God, just remember to throw it away in a recycling trash can! Another great option is to use your own water bottle to fill with water each day. I’m loving this water flask I recently bought on Amazon. Another thing to keep in mind is breaking down your cardboard boxes and other recyclable-friendly items when you are to “throw away” so they can be re-used again. Recycle, recycle, recycle!!
  6. Choose Your Chemicals Wisely. Choose non-toxic chemicals for your home, office, etc. to ensure a safe environment for yourself, your children, and your pets. I really love Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, and Branch Basics. I enjoy purchasing my eco-friendly cleaning products from Grove Collaborative as you can sign up to receive a subscription box of your liking whenever you need!
  7. Shop Wisely. Bring a reusable shopping bag to the grocery store to reduce the amount of plastic bags being used and given away. I always keep a few bags in my car so it’s easy for me to remember!
  8. Volunteer! If you really want to make an impactful difference, volunteer in your community by helping clean streets, parks, beaches, etc. Visit KeepAmericaBeautiful to sign up to volunteer in your community!

Our world is a beautiful, magical place and we need to keep it that way for future generations to come. Please educate yourself and act with intention every day to protect our beautiful planet. For more information about Earth Day, visit EarthDay.org.

XX,

JJ

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