Earth Day, Every Day
The official, worldwide Earth Day is less than a month away, but in truth (and we know you’re heard it before), Earth Day is EVERY day. It’s the small every day choices we make that have the biggest impact. Don’t get us wrong; Earth Day as an official day set aside to celebrate, plan for, clean up, and devote to our earth is wonderful. So much good has come from Earth Day. But no single act made on this one specific day will ever outweigh 364 similar acts, made daily over the course of the rest of the year.
“He’s got the whole world, in his hands,” the song goes. And it’s true. He does have the whole world in his hands. And so does she. And so do you. Each one of us holds the world in our hands. Though seemingly insignificant, the choices we make every day affect the larger world. When we drive a mile to the post office instead of walking or biking, when we see litter on the ground but don’t pick it up, when we turn the thermostat down before leaving for work, when we donate or recycle used shoes or used clothing–all of these choices have consequences attached to them.
For the next thirty-ish days until the official Earth Day, let’s be more mindful of our choices. Pick up the litter. Walk to the post office. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Take a shorter shower. Donate used goods instead of throwing them away. Recycle paper, cans, batteries, and glass. Recycle worn clothing and shoes. There are so many ways to make a positive impact on our world without disrupting your day or even leaving your home. And if you do it, and we do it, and your neighbor down the street does it, and the momentum builds up, just imagine how much better, cleaner, and brighter our collective future can be.
It’s up to us and we can do it! After all, we have the whole world in our hands.