I’m no scientist, but this I know: if we continue treating our planet without care or compassion, the repercussions will be insurmountable.
This Earth Day, lets not only celebrate our beautiful world, but also acknowledge the threats we pose to our environment and the need to take action! Here are a few web-based resources where you can learn more about what’s threatening our environment today:
- Non-profit environmental institutions: World Resources Institute, Greenpeace,
- Air & water pollution: National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, Oceana
- Climate change: Climate Action Network, The Climate Institute,
- Endangered animal life: World Wildlife Fund, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services
- Animal agriculture: United Nations Environment Programme, PETA
Global warming is real. It is happening today. It is being charted by our satellites. It is being charted by our scientists. It is being charted by those of us in this body, and I think the real key is if we are ready to admit that fact and take the action to make the necessary conversion. – Dianne Feinstein
War contributes greatly to global warming, which shouldn’t surprise us. All those bombs going off, all those rockets, all those planes and helicopters. All that fuel of various kinds being used. It pollutes the air and water of this very fragile and interconnected planet. – Alice Walker
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein
I was in college when tens of thousands of people marched on Washington for the first Earth Day. Raw sewage floated in rivers and clouds of smog hung over cities. But then something amazing happened. People spoke out. Thousands of students, workers, and ordinary citizens used their voices to say, ‘This has to change.’ – Frances Beinecke
Today we’re dumping 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the environment, and tomorrow we will dump more, and there is no effective worldwide response. Until we start sharply reducing global-warming pollution, I will feel that I have failed. – Al Gore
To be clear, climate change is a true 800 pound gorilla in the room. The effects of global warming threaten global environmental upheaval over the coming century. But for South Florida and the Everglades, it could be our death knell if urgent action is not taken. – Debbie Wasserman Shultz
So what steps do I take in my day-to-day life to ensure a healthier planet?
1. I do not purchase or consume animal products (including meat, dairy, eggs, and honey). Animal agriculture requires an immense water supply, but by following a plant-based diet I indirectly save nearly 600 gallons of water per day. Animal agriculture is also one of the leading contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.
2. I often buy used furniture and clothing, and donate my used items when I no longer need them. Not only does thrifting contribute to a thriving community, but it also means less garbage in landfills and a decrease in manufacturing pollution.
3. I take public transit when possible, which reduces carbon emissions and results in less dependency on gasoline.
4. I recycle, recycle, recycle! The importance of recycling is somewhat obvious, but if you need more guidance, check out the EPA’s information on the benefits of recycling.
5. I do my best to stay educated and up-to-date on environmental issues, and an easy way to learn about the environment is to watch documentaries! My number one recommendation is Cowspiracy (available on Netflix), but here’s an extensive list of environmental documentaries from EcoHearth that I’m going to make my way through and I recommend you do too!
This post is a very limited account of the resources out there, so please share any that you know of in the comment section below!
Happy Earth Day y’all! ❤