Today is Earth Day. It marks 40 years of this event yet after 40 years of trying hard things still get worse and worse. Pollution related issues are at a high, we are using up all our natural resources and I don’t think anybody can sensibly say that we are in any way improving our glorious planet.
That is why Earth Day is more important than EVER but…. a day of turning lights off when you leave the room, not eating imported fruits and telling your friends it’s Earth Day may make you feel good about yourself but it won’t do much good for the planet in the long term.
I am not saying Earth Day is worthless… It’s an awesome event but we need to look beyond a day.
Luckily most people reading this blog happen to be frugal types, being frugal often means that as a consequence you use up less resources and are helping the planet by doing so but we can always do more.
I really advise you to visit the Core Issues section of Earth Day’s website. Have a read through, find something that pulls at your heart strings, then do something about it, learn more, preach to your friends until you annoy them into joining you….. do anything you can.
“Alright Mr Green Living Preacher, What Are You Doing About It?”
Ok ok, I am no Mr perfect when it comes to being green either. I have a bad habit of leaving the bedroom light on. I threw a load of organic waste into the recycle trash the other day and I am planning a flight to Europe this summer…. Shame on me.
It’s not about being perfect, it’s about doing more than you comfortably have to.
For the last few months I have slacked off a little as I was not sure if I was leaving Egypt or not. However I have been separating all recyclables, buying local produce wherever possible and I walk almost everywhere.
As I will be here for another year now I plan to set up a kitchen herb garden and try my hand at growing some Tomatoes and possibly some other easy veg. I only have a small balcony in my apartment but it’s no excuse. We all have to do what we can do.
What are you going to do?
Further Reading: As it’s Earth Day a lot of people are going to be writing posts today…. I will be reading and commenting as much as I can. Here are a few posts that I have noticed popping up already today:
Earth Day and Your Finances from Your Finances 101
Happy Earth Day from The Centsible Life
Earth Day: Camping is Fun from Money Funk
Every Day Should Be Earth Day from Simply Stephen
Earth Day & Giving through Freecycle from Consciously Frugal