Happy Earth Day 2018

Image by Bikurgurl

Snorkeling here at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on O’ahu was amazing today. We saw a humpback whale breech, a monk seal swim to shore then back out, and of course, all the beautiful fish!

I love to educate myself, and my children, on how to protect the places and things we love in the world, so here are 5 Simple Steps to loving Mother Earth a little bit more:

  1. Kick the Plastic Habit
    • I’m talking to you plastic straws, bags, and cutlery! If you bring reusable items, like a metal or bamboo straw, reusable bags, and biodegradable or reusable cutlery, you’ve not only saved items from the landfills, but also from drifting into our ecosystem where they can be mistaken for food by turtles, seals, whales, and other life on earth.
  2. Buy Good Stuff
    • Instead of getting the cheapest, try saving and getting quality. Whether you’re talking about shoes, clothes, pots and pans, or furniture, timeless items that’ll wear well forever, or at least years and years, will ultimately be easier on your pocketbook, but also buying fewer, but more quality items, will result in net love for Mother Earth. Less production, manufacturing, and waste.
  3. Get Cozy
    • That’s right, get close to the ones you love on cold nights and keep the temperature lower inside your home. Live in a smaller home that uses less energy to heat and cool. Take public transportation or carpool, even bundling your trips out when you do go can save a lot on fuel, but also on the environment – unless of course you’re using human powered transportation, such as walking, biking, or skating, then enjoy your exercise as you go!
  4. Recycle It
    • I’m not just talking about recycling paper, plastics, and glass, but I’m talking about recycling your unwanted items. Upcycling what you already have to make something new for you {or someone you love!} or to fill a need. If you don’t love it and can no longer use it, someone else may find a use! You can post free items on sites like Craigslist or your local Freecycle, but don’t forget about donations to organizations like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Saint Vincente de Paul {in the USA}.
  5.  Take Care of Your Own Stuff
    • This doesn’t just mean to well care for the things you own, you don’t want to be a slave to unnecessary items, but taking care of your things does make them last longer – leaving you more cash in your pocket and less need to buy manufactured items. Taking care of your own stuff also means cleaning up after yourself: pack out your trash instead of leaving it on the side of the road or on the street; eat leftovers and cook more at home, or with your family and friends, with whole, organic, natural ingredients; teach your children, friends, and family a few tips — better yet, demonstrate them through your actions and educate yourself so you can pass on the knowledge and love of Mother Earth!

There are so many little things we can each do every day to make the world a better place. This is just a very short list to start.

@Bikurgurl_watermark

What can you do to commit to a better Mother Earth?

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