Happy 40th Anniversary Planet Earth! As a global holiday, celebrating Earth Day galvanizes us to think about the hopes we have for our planet. Every day provides us another opportunity to recommit how we care. You and I, and the rest of the inhabitants of this planet have a common goal. We share a future that depends upon each other. How we preserve, protect and persevere will make the ultimate difference.
Don’t let anyone tell you that reduce, reuse and recycle, green, eco-friendly and sustainable are meaningless cliches. Yes, they may have evolved, been overused, and their meanings may be watered down and sometimes used unsavorily, but that’s no reason to throw in the towel. It just means we’ll continue to answer the hard questions creatively and collectively about climate, the environment, our health, spirituality and how these all will impact our global family. I bet we continue to find the answers needed to ease the Earth’s stresses.
You’ve found your way to Care2 because you want to make a difference in your life, the lives of others and our planet. What I find so remarkable about this community is how we all approach our collective goal through the eyes of our rich and diverse cultures. Action comes in all shades of green, and once we’ve obtained the tools, we can look into our unique lives and view the future through a green lens. Think of it as an eco-filter. It is everyone’s responsibility to take action to keep our planet smiling.
I put together an ABC guide with some ideas and tips you have no doubt heard about before, and others that may have never even entered your eco-radar screen. These simple tips are not rocket science, but collectively they can be a springboard for important discussions about our collective future.
OK, pep talk over. Let’s start reciting our Eco-ABC’s.
A is for Adjust Your Thermostat
B is for Both Sides of the Paper are Usable
C is for Cruise Control: To Save You Gas
D is for Diaper With a Conscience
E is for Eat Organic
F is for Fly With an E-Ticket
G is for Go Vegetarian Once a Week
H is for Hang Dry
I is for Invest in Your Own Coffee Cup
J is for Junk Mail – Cut it Out of Your Life
K is for Keep Your Fireplace Damper Closed
L is for Local: The Way To Go
M is for Make a Bag And Use It
N is for Newspapers – Recycle and Consider Alternatives
O is for Old Cell Phones Need a New Life
P is for Plastic Bottles
Q is for Q-Tips
R is for Recycle Glass
S is for Shower Instead of Baths
T is for Turn Off Computers at Night
U is for Use Fewer Paper Napkins
V is for Vacations
W is for Wash in Cold Water
X is for X Out Your Phone Book
Y is for Your Enemy is Greenwashing
Z is for Zipcars Can Replace Your Car
Some of the information gathered for this guide is adapted from 50 Ways To Help