Earth. It’s important. It’s where we dwell; eat, drink, sleep, play, breathe..SKI! No matter your walk of life, it’s important that we all take time out to appreciate our beautiful planet. You don’t have to be a full-on tree hugger or wear all-natural hemp deodorant to feel like you’re doing your part in preserving our habitat. While Earth Day is a great day to celebrate and recognize our efforts, it’s also a reminder that there are small steps that we can take every day to live a more “Earth-friendly” life.
Here are five small things to consider doing to have a positive impact on the planet:
-Drive less – Ride your bike, carpool, use public transit or combine you errands into your work commute to reduce your time in the car (I try to only take one trip into town per day).
-Reduce electricity use – Turn off the lights (and the TV and the computer) when you aren’t using them. Use energy efficient light bulbs or open the blinds and use the natural light when possible- especially in sunny Tahoe!
-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – I recently learned some great new tips on the America Recycles Day website that make recycling even easier.
-Shop with a reusable bag – Many place like South Lake Tahoe and San Francisco already enforce the “bring your own bag” rule, but even if it’s not a law in your city, it’s a good habit to get into to reduce your contribution to the plastic bag pandemic. Read these disturbing facts about plastic bags; hopefully the scare tactic will work.
-Be conscious of the food you eat – Consuming foods that are local and in-season can reduce your impact because they don’t have to travel as far to get to you. Find your local farmer’s market or sign up for a CSA to have fruits and veggies delivered to you. If you live in a climate where it’s possible to keep a small garden of vegetables and herbs for cooking. Healthier for you and the planet!
Now for the best part…the party! Our local Earth Day Celebration is taking place this Saturday, April 26th from 10:00am – 2:00pm at Bijou Community Park. Come check out educational booths where you can learn about local environmental efforts, grab a snack from a food truck, enjoy live music and stage performances, get creative with recycle-themed craft time and best of all, drop by the Heavenly Echo booth where yours truly will be sharing environmental knowledge, Jolly Ranchers and free smiles. So grab a carpool buddy or your bicycle and come celebrate the planet with us!