Why we can’t afford to celebrate earth day just 1 day out of the year
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We all love a holiday…don’t we?
Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Valentine’s Day…
These are all individual days of the year where we focus entirely on one ideology, one celebration, or one cause, bringing it to light and championing its importance. But once the clock hits midnight, we often lose our enthusiasm and conviction for these holidays. Putting them on the back burner for the rest of the year.
Earth Day, aka April 22nd, is no different. It’s the one day of the year where organizations, non-profits and advocates like myself encourage the masses to save the planet, vote with their dollar, and switch to clean energy.
But just like the other celebrations, what happens on the other 364 days of the year? Can you simply go back to filling your trash with plastic, driving a gas guzzler, and supporting fast fashion?
Hell-to-the-no!!! We don’t have that kinda luxury.
In the same way that we shouldn’t be forgetting how much we love our partner between February 15th and February 13th of the following year, or that all races are equal. Period. We can’t afford to forget that the planet needs us to start making changes now. And to start doing it consistently. Not just for one day of the year. But every single day.
So instead of putting all our energy into this one day that’s already come and gone, let’s extend our Earth Day mindset to our everyday lives. And let’s use Earth Day / Week / Month as our way of checking in with our own footprint. And making intentions for the coming year.
So here’s my challenge to you. Take a few minutes right now and think about everything that you’re already doing to curb your environmental footprint. Then, think of 1 thing you can do to up the ante. And make a goal of maintaining it for the next year.
Whether your goal is to buy locally at least once a month, to start recycling or composting, or to eliminate even 1 packaged item from your weekly grocery haul. Just choose one thing and commit to it. If you need a few ideas, here are 6 different ways to lower your footprint.
To bring some accountability to all of this, comment below with one thing you wanna start doing to lighten your footprint and let’t get you a game plan for making it happen.
Thanks for reading!