Make every day Earth Day – not just today. It can be the day when you think about the earth, think about your actions, think about your impact … but by the time you make any decisions about changing anything, the day’s over and everything goes back to normal. Or it can be your Nature Lovin New Year’s when you set some new goals for the year to come and set yourself up for the trial, error, fail, repeat cycle of breaking some habits and setting new ones.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few ideas:
- Take on food waste. Food waste is a nature-no-no for a few reasons :
- Wasting food means that you are also wasting the energy that went into that food’s production, transportation, packaging, storage, and sale that got it to your home to begin with
- Food waste in the landfill will biodegrade eventually, but the concentration of rotting food landfill will release concentrations of gasses that pollute the air
- Nature made people, and we have people who are hungry. Good food that can nourish your neighbor should not end up being tossed in the trash.
Food waste is also a financial-faux-pas since your money is much better off in your bank account than in your garbage can.
2. Do a spring clean out :
- Make some homemade natural cleaning products
- Roll up your sleeves, put in some elbow grease; you’ll likely get an accidental workout while you’re at it
- Recycle what you can
- Sell what you don’t need or give it away
- Clear out some space in your home and your mind …
AND THEN DON’T REPLACE ANY OF IT
Keep it up for a month and if you don’t miss any of the stuff you decided to get rid of, you don’t need it. Let this be the first step in a minimalist trial. Spend less time buying new stuff that may clutter your new haven and more time having experiences that matter with people you love.
3. Start a 30 x 30 Challenge
The best way to fall in love with the Earth and nature is to spend time in it. Now that the warm weather is here, and spring is showing up in new ways every day, it’s perfect timing to start a 30×30 Challenge. Spend 30 minutes in nature, every day, for 30 days. Check in with yourself as you go. You may feel calmer, more satisfied, healthier, stronger, more optimistic, more connected to your community, more inspired to keep up your new earth-friendly habits.