This year, Earth Day is celebrated on Saturday, April 22nd. It’s a day where people from around the world come together to campaign for the protection of the environment. We all play a part in helping to make our planet greener, so here are five ways you can make an impact today.
- Start carrying a reusable bag
Most EU countries charge for plastic bags, paying up to 25 cents per bag. Earth Day is a great time to start carrying a reusable one with you wherever you go. Reusing a bag a few times, or buying a sturdier one which will last longer, is a great way to cut down on unnecessary waste.
- Go veggie or cut down on your meat consumption
The meat industry produces huge amounts of harmful emissions. Vital ecosystems around the world are being destroyed at an alarming rate to make room to graze cattle and grow the food they eat. It may be a difficult task for some, but even slightly reducing the amount of meat we eat would have dramatic effects. It might even make you feel better, too.
- Change up your commute
With over 15% of global CO2 emissions coming from the transportation sector, it is important for all of us to reconsider how we commute. Some experts say that major problems facing the Western world – pollution, climate change, obesity – could be solved if we all started cycling or walking a bit more.
- Evaluate your home energy use
Lower your thermostats, check your home for energy leaks, switch out your light bulbs for more energy efficient ones. These are all great (and very easy) ways to save energy and money in your own house.
- Reuse your plastic bottles
Plastic bottles are the new plastic bags. They're everywhere, very rarely recycled, and they don't biodegrade. Buying a reusable bottle and filling it from the tap will not only save you money, it'll help save the environment.
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