Earth Day 2022
Written by Jenise Herrero
What is Earth day?
Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd, 2022! Earth Day’s main goal is to show our support for a better environment. The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970 and has been continuing annually ever since! Earth Day raises awareness about pollution and climate change, and is a day to remind us about different ways we can help the earth.
What can we do to help the environment?
Educate yourself and others. Educating yourself about what is going on in our environment is the first step. If we don’t understand the problem, we will not find a solution. It’s important to know which items are allowed to go in what bin. For example, did you know that coffee cups, paper towels, and disposable masks are not allowed in the blue bin?
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Although, it’s a very common phrase, perhaps one that is overly repeated, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. We can reduce the amount of waste we create by opting for more eco-friendly items such as a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic disposable one. We can all implement items that can be constantly recycled such as reusable grocery bags instead of plastic ones. Finally, we can Recycle things in our house and everyday items we use. This doesn’t just mean using your recycling bin (although, it is very important to pay attention to what items go in which bins). Have you ever heard of upcycling? It means to turn currently unused or unwanted items into something more functional. For example, take any old cans you have and turn them into a pot for your plants. You could paint or decorate them and even label them if you’d like.
Keep the car at home. For those of us that can, we should all try to walk or bike to school. Not only does that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s also important to get a bit of exercise every day. Can’t walk to school? Try public transportation! Carpooling or taking the bus/train is always better than taking your own car. According to experts, if people commuted on two wheels instead of four, we could reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 11% by 2050.
Earth Day should not be a single day when we are motivated to save the Earth. We can do a little something every day to help minimize the amount of waste we create and to minimize our ecological footprint.
I recommend clicking the following link to calculate your ecological footprint: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/en/quiz/0/food/category
We only have one earth, and it is essential that we take action TODAY and be the change we want to see!