It’s Earth Day: Easy Ways to Improve your Life and Help the Planet

Happy Earth Day!  We know our Earth is in trouble and our survival is at risk from climate change. Lots of actions that we need to take are difficult.  But, there are also many that are pretty easy, reduce our carbon footprint, and improve our lives and health at the same time.  Try some of these.  Your heath and happiness will improve and the Earth will be better for them.

De-carbonize your maintenance.
It is easy now to change 2-cycle engines to electric.  Dixieline has the electric leaf-blowers, chainsaws, hedgers on sale.  If you have a gardener, think of their health too.  Anyone using the high-pollution 2-cycle engines in close proximity is harming their health.  Or even better, buy a broom and hand shears.

Pull weeds, don’t spray them.
Pulling weeds is good exercise and doesn’t have any of the health and environmental impacts of poisons in herbicides.

Befriend bees and butterflies.
It is easy to plant a pollinator garden.  These are gardens for bees, butterflies, and other important pollinators.  Remember, our very lives depend on pollinators–plus it is fun to have butterflies to watch! Plant a Monarch Butterfly Waystation  Check out Pollinator Partnership

Love animals, don’t eat them. 
Plant-based dishes are better for the climate, the planet, and your health. Plus, they save money and reduce cruelty in the world. Try reducing the amount of meat and dairy you eat for one week.  If you need plant based food ideas there are tons of recipes online.  Here are some good sources:Vegan Recipes.  If you like more ‘tude with your food try Thug Kitchen Vegan Recipes.  (language alert!)

Stay home more.
Plan Staycations instead of expensive vacations.  Make friends with your neighbors, explore your local area, support local businesses, drive less, and save money.  All of these are benefits to staying closer to home and reduce carbon footprint of pleasure travel.

Take time to enjoy your happy moments.
We already have so many conditions of happiness in our lives. We have water to drink, air to breathe, two eyes to see, our family and friends, and a beautiful earth to live on.  These are already enough conditions to be happy if we can just notice them.  If we see that we are already happy, we will consume less and live more lightly on the planet.

Of course, this isn’t all it will take, but these are easy and can help. We will share more actions in the coming months.

Happy Earth Day!

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