20 Ways to Show the Earth Love this Earth Day

So unless you have been living under a rock or are one of those crazy fools who hates the planet. (Kidding, not kidding.) Anyway, you may be aware that the planet like most of us has been under a lot of stress lately.

As is true with yourself when going through a difficult time it is important to take a break and show yourself some much-needed self-love. However, how can a planet show itself some self-love? Well if you are looking at the cause of its stress as the life sucking invaders which is the human race then I would imagine some TLC would consist of decreasing the number of invaders. Maybe through mass extinction?

Just a thought.

Any way to avoid an apocalyptic movie turned to reality and harming our precious host any further than we already have I think it is imperative that we do as much as we can to ease the burden.

I have listed some changes you can make over a 24 hour period to help reduce your carbon footprint and conserve Earths precious energy, and I have also listed some longer-term lifestyle changes.

This is not just our home but the home of so many beautiful forms of life, we are so lucky to be able to impact and change things for the better for all of Earths inhabitants.

At the risk of sounding like a total hippy granola earth lover (which I kind of am), I say, let’s make every day Earth Day.

So in the spirit of the upcoming earth day, I bring you this heartfelt post.

Cheers earthlings!

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Short Term Impacts

1. Unplug

I understand that if you live in a cold climate you may not be able to part with your heat. However, there is no reason why you, your family or your friends can’t make this a fun adventure. Grab some board games, candles and make a few salads. Even reducing your power usage for the day will help. If you don’t want to unplug for the full day, try one hour!

2. Clean up

Head outside with some garbage bags and gloves. Collect as much garbage as you can in your neighborhood for a full hour.

3. Change up your Transport

If you often drive to work, try taking the bus, walking, biking or carpooling for one full day. Woah!

4. Reuse

How about sending a donation of food or your old clothing to your local drop off?

5. Plant things

Plant a tree, some flowers, a shrub. The greener the better.

6. Go Vegan or Vegetarian for the day

Browse the organic isle at your local grocery store and check out Pinterest for some inspiration.

7. Spread the word

Share info on social media. Have conversations with the people you work with, your friend and family about Earth Day and what you are personally doing to make an impact. Conversation is motivation people!

8. Get close to earth

Head outside and spend some time in nature. Go for a walk, play sports, read a book on a blanket.

9. Donate funds

Send money to an environmental cause.

10. Educate

Check out the numerous documentaries on Netflix, read and learn as much as you can. Watching documentaries and educating myself about the environment has seriously changed my life, I hope it can do the same for you.

Longer term changes

11. Become a conscious consumer.

A few years ago the idea of eating vegan or vegetarian was to me a load of hippy crazy talk. However much has changed for me. It all started with educating myself with all the information that is available out there.

I am not yet a full vegan or vegetarian but I have reduced the amount of dairy and meat I eat considerably. Also when purchasing products I am now more drawn to organic products.

Minimizing and purchasing recycled products is also a key way to become a conscious consumer.

12. Get creative

Reusable bags and bottles are a great start. Also being creative about the items in your home by reusing old clothes as rags, or using old jars to bring salads to work. Use your imagination.

13. Change your transportation

If you can reduce your family vehicles to one vehicle or even no vehicles then you are basically an amazing human! Even walking or biking to work a few times a week is a great way to help out in the long term. Public transportation is also a wonderful option, as mentioned earlier. What you are giving up in convenience the Earth is gaining in health. How lovely!

14. Support Local businesses

Head to your local farmers market, to buy your food. Support local business in every way you can. When products are made, grown and sold locally there is less impact on the environment to get that product to the stores. Fewer transportation costs and a smaller carbon footprint is made. Not to mention local is often the healthier option.

15. No plastic

Make it a rule to use no plastic utensils, cups or other disposable products in your home.

16. Start a herb garden

If you are unable to start a full on veggie garden then try to grow some herbs on your windowsill.

17. Use your clothesline

This is a wonderful way to save on energy, not to mention it will make your clothing smell fresh. If you don’t have a clothesline then try to set one up, even a small line can help make an impact.

18. Buy second hand

Buying second hand is the way to go. In a world where clothing use is determined by the fashion of the season and not the need of the product, it is difficult to say no to shopping altogether. (At least for me.) Buying second hand allows you to still shop without adding to production costs.

19. Go Electronic

E-Bills, E-Tickets, E-Books. You get the picture.

20. Share the knowledge

This is probably the most important thing you can do in the long run. Yes, we need to act but we also need to motivate and educate. Your determination and passion will inspire others to do the same and by keeping the conversation going is an important step in ensuring that every effort goes the distance.


Sometimes when I am thinking of reducing my impact on the environment I feel discouraged. I feel it is too big of a task for just one person to impact. In some ways I know that to be true. However, if we collectively can make one change then bigger businesses, government, and other powers will see that the need for change is evident.

I hope that this Earth day you can try to make one simple change and you can have one conversation. Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

36 COMMENTS

  1. byincawithlove | 21st Apr 17

    Great post babe! Good points! Xo

    • StephJ | 21st Apr 17

      Thank you! I am feelings rather earthy!

  2. usathroughoureyes | 21st Apr 17

    Great suggestions.

    • StephJ | 21st Apr 17

      Thank you! I hope to do a few of them tomorrow to celebrate Earth Day!

  3. Allison Rebecca | 21st Apr 17

    Great tips! I love that you mentioned buying secondhand, saves money and helps the Earth!

    • StephJ | 21st Apr 17

      So true! And it can be super fun!

  4. pipersadventures9 | 21st Apr 17

    This is wonderful. My husband and I already do many of these things. Great job!

    • StephJ | 21st Apr 17

      That is awesome. If everyone tried to do more the world would be a much better place that’s for sure.

  5. starringpamela | 21st Apr 17

    Great tips!!!

    • StephJ | 21st Apr 17

      Thank you very much!

  6. onequaintzebra | 21st Apr 17

    What a great post. My family always plants something on Earth Day. I wish everyone would take more time to show our beautiful planet some love. I’m sad that we have a president that just doesn’t get it.

    • StephJ | 22nd Apr 17

      It is very sad. But possibly even a great opportunity to show just how important it is. Cheers to you.

  7. munakenny | 21st Apr 17

    Good point! In fact, If keep doing these things often we might feel better about ourselves. I would love to go vegetarian at least twice to three times a week 🙂

    • StephJ | 22nd Apr 17

      I have been trying to have my diet consist of about 80% vegetarian. Surprisingly difficult in a lot of ways. I have cut down on dairy considerably and I feel amazing. It’s the little things that make the difference. Listening to what feels right to you, your body and others is what a happy and health life and earth is all about. 😊

  8. earthtoloz | 21st Apr 17

    Love this post!!! X

    • StephJ | 22nd Apr 17

      Thank you so much. Happy earth day!

  9. unclerave | 21st Apr 17

    Reblogged this on Unclerave's Wordy Weblog and commented:
    Timely . . . and true! — YUR

    • StephJ | 22nd Apr 17

      Wow! Thank you. Happy earth day!

  10. ivycottageonbertie | 22nd Apr 17

    Excellent suggestions!

    • StephJ | 22nd Apr 17

      Thank you very much! Happy earth day. 😊

  11. Heidi | 22nd Apr 17

    Stephanie I just love your blog! This is a wonderful post, I try to do many of these things myself. Every little bit counts!

    • StephJ | 22nd Apr 17

      Thanks Heidi! It is my own small way of doing my part to spread the word 😊

  12. Louise | 22nd Apr 17

    Happy Earth Day! Thank you for a great list of action items many of us can do and consider.

  13. thebeasley | 23rd Apr 17

    Great advice.

  14. shaunkellett | 23rd Apr 17

    Some great suggestions here! Even for just everyday life. Thanks for sharing!

    • StephJ | 23rd Apr 17

      Yes especially everyday life. I really need to do more I think. Thanks for reading 😊

      • shaunkellett | 24th Apr 17

        I think we can all benefit from doing a little more 🙂

  15. Denzil | 23rd Apr 17

    Lot of practicality in this post. Thanks.

    • StephJ | 23rd Apr 17

      Thanks for reading!

  16. kaitlinmckenzie | 24th Apr 17

    A great read, feel a little inspired by this post right now.
    I was about to go out for a walk, I’m going to take a bag and a glove with me and have a little clean up as I go!

    • StephJ | 24th Apr 17

      Oh awesome! I didn’t do that on Earth day as there was still too much snow out around. But we had a lot melt, I feel like getting out there and filling a bag this week. I think when people see you out doing that it might inspire them too! Cheers 🙂

  17. The Twentysomething Social Recluse | 29th Apr 17

    This is an awesome post! I hope to start my own herb garden in May 🙂

    • StephJ | 29th Apr 17

      Me too! At least grow a few in my window 😊

  18. zenphysician | 1st Jul 17

    Hey there,

    Thanks for visiting and liking what I write at my website. You have a fascinating blog here. Very informative and well designed. Do take care, peace and stay safe.

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