For today’s “5 Things Friday” I’m going to change it up in honor of the 46th Earth Day and share 5 things you can do to make everyday Earth Day.
Eat less meat. I know it sounds tough but even reducing meat for one day and participating in Meatless Monday can help. Besides it being good for your health, if everyone went meatless on Monday it would have the same impact on climate change as taking 273 million vehicles off the road for an entire year.
Use natural cleaning products. There are so many chemicals in products so it’s great for your health but it’s also good for the environment. These days you can even DIY cleaning products. Like with food, read the ingredients. A lot of “green cleaners” use the term but still have harmful chemicals in them. For Earth Day I purchased this natural laundry detergent by The Simply Co. They are offering free shipping if you use code EARTHDAY2016 today only (4/22/16).
Buy Local: food & products. It reduces the environmental impact and gives back to the local economy. There are so many farmer markets (throughout California especially) that support the local economy and provide affordable organic fruits and vegetables.
Recycle, reduce and reuse. This one is pretty obvious but I see it so often, people throwing items that can be recycled in the trash. It’s so easy with recycle bins in homes, at apartment complexes, at work and in many public places. Just make the extra effort. Recycling saves landfill space, conserves resource, saves energy and saves water. Reuse items that you can. I know we often reuse shopping bags for trash or to carry items. I do my best to bring my own bags to the store (still working on this one). Reduce wherever you can. If you are trying to lose weight, it helps to buy only non-processed foods. They have less packaging and are much better for you. For those food scraps that are compostable start a compost bin.
Walk, ride your bike or take public transportation. If you live or work in a walkable area try to walk more than drive. Plan the extra time into your day to save on car emissions. For longer distances ride your bike. In addition to being good for the environment, it’s good for your health. If you live outside the city, take public transportation. It saves you time and you’re able to get back some time by working from the train/BART/etc. My dad even started his own sustainable transportation company, River City Rickshaw, last year to help the environment, parking issues and reduce traffic.
Climate change is so real, we’re seeing it more everyday. Nothing happens if we just recognize the issue, we must make changes. There are a lot of things you can do to help the environment. I know people like what’s easy and I get that. I definitely have moments that convenience is much easier than doing what’s right. I eat meat and don’t always use the most ethical products but I’m trying to be more mindful of it and SLOWLY (I emphasize that because I have a way to go, I’m honestly a lightweight pack rat haha) moving towards a minimalism. There are so many great blogs on minimalism. I like The Minimalists and Becoming Minimalist but just Google it. Even more extreme is the Zero Waste Lifestyle, Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers is the creator of The Simply Co. laundry detergent that I purchased today.
Everyone is different, so there isn’t one right way to make changes. Even small changes help. It’s not just for the environment, it’s for your quality of life and sanity.
Happy Friday! It’s going to be a great weekend. I’m heading down to my favorite city, San Diego, tomorrow to see some friends and as usual I’m going to Disneyland. My annual pass expires on April 26 so this will be my last time using it. I’m sad to have to let it go but the cost is so high and now that I live in the Bay Area I don’t get to go as often. It’s the adult thing to do…the kid in me is having a fit. lol Joking but not really.
Some things to know about today:
Pray for Japan. A 7.0 earthquake struck Kyushi Island, after being hit with a 6.2 quake two days earlier. Natural disasters like this are tough. There really is nothing you can do when mother nature hits. I pray for Japan and for those who are assisting during this time.
In other Facebook related news, Stephen Hawking, Mark Zuckerberg, Yuri Milner Launch $100M Space Project Called Breakthrough Starshot. The goal is to reach the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, in a span of 20 years. The reason why you should know about this is: ” In a report by Space.com, Yuri Milner, Breakthrough Initiative and DST Global Founder, said that their project “is a program of research and innovation exploring the questions of life in the universe.” He said exploring the universe doesn’t mean just the extraterrestrials, it also involves going to outer space to benefit the human race.” via Nature World News If we see this in our lifetime, that would be amazing.
The 2016 NFL schedule is out. For fellow football fans who can’t wait for football to return like me, this is great news. The Carolina Panthers will open the season in Denver for the first Thursday Night Football game of the year, which with the Twitter NFL announcement earlier this month you can watch it live from anywhere you can access your Twitter feed. What I’m most excited about is the Saints in San Diego (my favorite teams in the NFL – I’m a Saints fan but living in San Diego made me a Chargers fan…yeah I know, odd) on Sunday Oct. 2. I guess I know where we’ll be celebrating my husbands birthday this year, our favorite city! Score!
If you don’t have a lot planned for this weekend and you need something to watch, this week the Mindy Project returned to Hulu and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back on Netflix. “Hashbrown no filter.”
A little bonus: The Denver Nuggets changed it up at their game this week with the Lion King Cam. So much cuteness to start your weekend.
Pray for Africa, Belgium, Istanbul, Paris, Syria and the World. I hate to have to say this so often. My heart aches and my mind has anxiety for the world we live in. I know we have never been free of war and terrorism but lately it feels like it’s gone too far.
We were just in shock about Paris…but there has been so much terrorism happening in the World, much of it not heavily reported and often missed. I know I’m guilty of missing it.
My heart is so heavy for all who have been and are being affected by such heinous acts.