What's up everybody!
I wanted to pop on here real quick in honor of Earth Day. Just like my mantra "Every Day is Saturday," I also believe that Every Day is Earth Day. I saw so many people post (including myself) about how beautiful our Earth is, which it is, but there are so many harsh realities that exist. It's truly mind-blowing that some people still believe that climate change is a myth. Or, what might be worse, people who believe they do not have an impact on the Earth.
Here are some quick facts I want to share with you:
The garbage dumped in the ocean every year is roughly around 14 billion pounds. Plastic is the biggest contributor.
Pollution kills more than 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals every year.
The United States produces 30% of the world's waste and uses 25% of the worlds natural resources
China is the world's largest producer of CO2. The United States is the second largest.
Americans buy more than 29 million bottles of water every year. Only 13% of these bottles are recycled in a year.
Animal agriculture releases one-fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions
30% of the earth's land surface is currently used for livestock farming
If all the grains that are used to feed livestock were used to feed people, we could feed an extra 3.5 billion people
A lot of this can seem daunting, but we really do have an impact on the Earth. Each human. And, most of it starts at home-- with one small decision. My first suggestion is to check out Leave No Trace, as they give you a ton of ideas to reduce your eco-footprint. As for me, some of the small steps I started taking include the following:
1. Eat plants - I'm no stranger to talking about how eating plants has changed my life, just check out my podcast with Pat McAuley's Eat Green, Make Green podcast (here). I think I may do a separate post about the benefits of being plant-based, but at least in terms of environment, it reduces carbon dioxide emissions and conserves water.
"The real war against climate change is being fought on our plates, multiple times a day with every food choice we make." - Nil Zacharias
2. Reduce single-use plastic waste - The war on plastic I think is finally gaining traction, but there is so much work to be done. Trade in those plastic straws for reusable (you can find a set for $3 on Amazon!). Bring reusable bags to the grocery store. And please stop buying plastic water bottles. Haven't you heard of Hydroflask, Swell, or Miir?
3. Bike, Walk, Car-pool, or Public Transit - The best way to avoid extra carbon emissions on your commute? Bike / Walk if you can, and if not, link up with a coworker to car-pool to work... throw on some jams and set the mood for good vibes the rest of the day. Bonus if you have access to public transit! Make new friends on the bus or train. Win-win for the planet and for new friends.
On this Earth Day, let's not only reflect on the beauty that the Earth has to offer, but also let us all think about what we can do every day to protect that beauty. As humans, we have a duty, and the honor, to protect it.