As many other things in life, we the people, love to choose celebration days for things, and today is one of those days, celebrating this planet you call home!
In my humble opinion, we should celebrate our planet everyday, don’t you agree?
It’s the only one, the only home you know, at least for now and possibly for a very long time to come, and if you’ve been seeing, hearing and reading around, you surely know that she’s not in her best shape these days.
At some point in time, the human race decided to really go for it, and yes lots of amazing things has happened, innovations, technology beyond our wildest dreams, from cell phones and Skype to man on the moon and the very first picture of a black hole, amazing medical discoveries, outstanding literature, mind blowing art and…don’t get me wrong I love all of it, but also lots of destructive things has happened, over consumption, deforestation, animals going extinct, oceans getting polluted, the Arctic ice melting and…
Climate change is a real thing, you know it, I know it, and if there’s a tiny drop of hope left, the time for action is NOW!
How often you hear people saying “ but I’m one person, what can I do? How can I make a difference? How can I contribute? “ let me tell you something, every single person counts, it really does!
You can start by making small life-style changes, and trust me you’ll see the ripple effect. You’ll expand on making bigger changes and as you grow into this shift, you’ll inspire others around you to do the same, one person at the time, one straw and plastic bag at the time.
“Nothing really was happening in my life, I have always been that girl in the back who doesn’t say anything. I thought I couldn’t make a difference because I was too small.” ~ Greta Thunberg, climate activist
Thunberg on strike last August. Photograph: Michael Campanella/The Guardian
So here are some suggestions to get started:
1- Say NO to plastic:
I know it’s not an easy one, unfortunately most packaged food we have access to, comes in some kind of plastic packaging, but try choosing the best alternative possible. Take your shopping bags with you, say no when the cashier automatically drops your 2 tiny items in a giant plastic bag. Ask for your drink without a straw, or if you really must have one, buy a nice reusable straw and have it in your bag.
2- Look at what you eat:
I’m not trying to change your diet or telling you what you should eat, all I’m asking is to look at what you eat, see how much waste is involved and what can be changed for the better. In November 2017, 15,364 world scientists signed a Warning to Humanity calling for, among other things, drastically diminishing our per capita consumption of meat. As you know I’m vegan, and yes one of the reasons I have for being Vegan, is our planet, now I’m not saying you should be Vegan too, although it will make my day, but maybe you can adjust the amount of animal products you consume on a daily basis.
3- Non toxic cleaning:
Most of common and known cleaning products are actually really harmful and toxic, for you and the environment. Luckily, as more awareness is growing more non toxic options are being born and entering the market. Also you’ll be surprised how easy it easy to make some of your own cleaning products, and yes they actually clean!
Here’s one, an all purpose cleaner:
16 oz Glass spray bottle and fill up with
1/4 white vinegar
20 drops Lemon essential oil
10 drops Melaleuca aka Tea tree essential oil (remove that if you have cats in the house)
5 drops Wild Orange essential oil
and top up the rest with water
Spray on the surface you wish to clean, let it be for few minutes, then clean away.
4- Non toxic beauty product:
The same goes for beauty products, anything you put on your skin, goes into your blood stream, think about it for a second… Yes it’s a true story, so next time you’re buying that shampoo, lipstick or nail polish, you may think twice and opt-in for a friendlier option.
5- Recycle properly:
Pay attention when sorting your trash for recycling, separate them well or they won’t actually make it to the final recycling destination and instead they’ll end up in the landfill. Did you know that plastic food containers must be washed, just like your dishes, before you drop them in the recycling bins? You can find more info here or honestly our friend Google, gives you millions of links and options to read and learn.
6- Shop where they care:
There comes a time when we need to choose our values and what we stand for over $1 saving, and I know I’m speaking from a place of privilege and for that I’m forever grateful, so if you have the option to choose where you shop, choose a place that cares about you and your environment, a place that offers you many friendly options, less trash and great alternatives. One of my go to places is “ The package free “ store in Brooklyn ,NY. They cover you from kitchen, to beauty, bathroom and… and yes they ship, plastic free!
If you hop on their website today they offer 25% off till 11:59PM EST. in honor of Earth Day, so click HERE and get started!
7- Cook more:
I know, take out and ordering food is such an awesome option and beyond convenient, I’m with you 100%, but maybe reducing it can be a great starting point. Start having fun in the kitchen, take on simple, fast and easy to make recipes and play. Not only you know what’s in your food and is cooked with your loving energy, but also you’ve contributed to less plastic containers.
If you live in a city that has a compost collection program, collect your compost and drop it off weekly in the nearest collection point. I pack mine in the freezer, so no rotten smell or leakage or…
You can always google and find out where’s the closest collection point to you.
9- Do it one step at the time:
If you’re totally new to all these changes, start with one thing, one step at the time. so you can actually stick with it. There’s no point on changing everything, getting overwhelmed and eventually stopping. Once one change is stablished take on the next challenge.
Above all, please DO CARE, for your home, this planet and all that exists. Tap into that source of love and compassion that you’re born with, hidden deep within you, and start taking loving mindful actions.
You matter, you make a difference, your actions make a difference, start today!
“I don’t care if what I’m doing – what we’re doing – is hopeful. We need to do it anyway. Even if there’s no hope left and everything is hopeless, we must do what we can.” ~Greta Thunberg, climate activist
Photo credit: Nousha Salimi
Happy Earth day!