Making Earth Day Last

I love Earth Day, but always feel a little deflated afterwards. Just one day of national attention to the health of our planet? Really?? Then I remind myself that the real point of Earth Day is to light the fire. It’s our job as individuals to keep the flame going after that. Here are some thoughts on how to go about it.

Commit to 1 meaningful lifestyle change this year. For example:

CompostStart composting (no yard necessary)

Smart lunchboxEliminate waste in the lunchbox

Kitchen gardenPlant a kitchen garden

RepairBuy for keeps when shopping — and repair

Switch to natural cleansers

Commit to spreading the word…effectively:

Lobby for changeLobby for change in your workplace

Earth ambassadorBecome an "Earth Ambassador" to your friends

Keep yourself inspired:

ShareShare wildlife & plant sightings with other nature lovers

Walk like ThoreauWalk like Thoreau

Remember to take political action, too.

Right now, before Earth Day is over, one of the most important things you can do is to sign an email to Secretary Kerry to help stop the hugely destructive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from being built. The email demands that he factor the TRUE environmental costs of the pipeline into his environmental review, and you don’t have to add a word unless you want to. Just sign and send to do a world of good.

Wishing you a happy and fruitful Earth Day — and Earth Year.

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7 Responses to Making Earth Day Last

  1. Ellen K April 22, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Great list, Sheryl! But let me add food choices, which have the most significant environmental impact of anything. Everyone, please visit “The New Three ‘Rs’ ” (Rethink your diet, Reduce your meat consumption, Restore the planet)

    http://thenewthreers.com/

    These simple changes are easy, delicious, and save you money and health while you’re at it. Win-win for you, the earth, and the animals.

  2. A. Hansen April 22, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Here’s a BIG one: Save energy in every way we can. Fire your dryer – use a clothesline and or a wooden rack. Turn down the heat and put on a sweater. Turn off the air conditioning and turn on a fan if needed. As we oppose dirty energy, we need to save energy too – the cleanest energy is the energy we don’t use.

    Take cool showers in warmer weather-most refreshing! Enjoy.

  3. E. Daniel Ayres April 22, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Yesterday we streamed the movie promoted by 350.org, and listened to the New York panel discussions afterward. Frankly, the “do the math” presentations still do not convey the urgency which must motivate massive changes in the organized lifestyles of all living humans on the planet if catastrophic planetary consequences are to be mitigated. Humans have known about anthropogenic climate change since at least the 1970’s, yet we continue to plunge forward down an unsustainable path toward changes our genetics may not be able to cope with. The hope is that instincts which include self sacrifice for the good of the collective are strong enough and receive the nurture and support they need in the coming 15 year “window” before our civilization, such as it is kills most of us off along with most of our current ecological systems.

    The recommendations in today’s earth day message are IMHO “too little” and “too late.” About half of the living generation of child-bearing age must resolve not to reproduce if humanity is to avoid toasting the planet beyond recognition.

  4. Maggie April 22, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Another small reuse……….those hazy plastic bags from your cereal and cracker boxes are great for reusing. Slip a dish or plate directly inside and tuck under the end for refrigerator storage or leave the end open for use in the microwave. No splatter!

  5. Robert Langis April 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    …I think there should be 12 EARTH DAYS a year !!!

  6. Kiran April 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    Good list Sheryl,

    Yes, there should be more Earth days. In fact everyday is an Earth day.

    I accept with Hansen that saving energy is cleanest of all.

    Also, I took a new decision 2 weeks ago. My office is just about 1.3 miles. So I decided why not use my legs. I am enjoying walk, and it is a healthier option too.

    We need to inspire other people to follow natural rules. It is sad to know that most people don’t realize its importance.

  7. DailyGreen May 21, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Great list Sheryl, thank you very much! Very inspiring. Btw.: We LOVE your blog, please keep up the good work! Mike from DailyGreen