In truth, Earth Day should be celebrated everyday. We only have one planet, after all.
Here are some of the little ways I contribute in the preservation of Mother Earth:
I try to pack lunch as much as I can, storing them in my washable lunchboxes. If I end up buying food, I have these lunchboxes ready so I won’t end up getting the single-use plastic containers.
I also have my handy water bottle and coffee cup with me as much as I can.
For tea, I’ve started keeping my teapot in the office so I can brew my loose leaf tea whenever I feel like it. I take home the loose leaf for my compost.
As much as possible, I stick to my grocery shopping schedule. But it doesn’t hurt having my ecobag neatly folded in my purse just in case I have the impromptu need to grab something from the supermarket.
Turning it Off
When washing dishes, brushing my teeth or washing my face, I don’t let the faucet run. I am very particular with turning the faucet off. I imagine the places where water is scarce, or when there is draught and people, animals and plants suffer, and what they’d give to have water. This thought prompts me to be more conscious of my water usage.
Same is true with turning off tv, lights, airconditioning when not in use.
Planting Trees and Backyard Gardening
Backyard farming is quite therapeutic. It’s a joy seeing the seeds grow into edible plants – and it helps save on costs for organic produce too! When we plant our own food, we become more conscious consuming them instead of letting them go to waste. It saddens me to see a lot of market produce being unsconsumed and just going to waste.
There is only about 2% of rainforest area left in the Philippines now, and so I try to join at least 2 treeplanting volunteering activities every year. It may not be as impactful as restoring hectares of rainforest all at once, but I’d like to think that the trees I plant would grow tall and strong and eventually serve as homes for birds and other creatures in the rainforest.
What other daily routines can you think of that can help save our planet?
To wrap up this blog, I’m sharing a wonderful rendition of this song that I found in YouTube.