It’s very important to take care of our planet for a great many reasons, with one of the main reasons being that we live here. We need to protect our environment so that we can continue living and thriving in it. And we want to leave future generations with a clean, healthy planet to live on, too. If we don’t start taking steps to protect and preserve the environment now, it could have serious consequences for us and future life on Earth. With Earth Day having just been on April 22, and the looming threat of climate change, it’s more important than ever to take steps towards maintaining the health of our planet.
You might be wondering where to start, how you can make a positive difference. Well, there are actually many things you can do, and many of those ways are fairly simple. So today, I’m going over easy, simple steps you can take to protect the environment!
Refrain from Using Single-use Plastics/Utensils
With this method, you may have to do more dishes, but it’s more than worth it to protect our home! Single-use plastics, such as straws and forks from takeout orders, contribute more to trash that ends up in landfills. In turn, this leads to our planet becoming further polluted, as plastic trash builds up more and more. But, there are easy ways to get around this.
When ordering delivery or pickup from most restaurants online, there’s typically an option for utensils. Don’t check that option, and instead, use your own metal/reusable utensils. Every time you have a meal, make sure you use silverware or some other type of reusable utensil. That way, you can wash it and use it again later. For beverages, also avoid using plastic straws and opt for a metal one you can repeatedly use. These days, it’s not very difficult to find metal straws; you can find them on Amazon and other online retailers, along with many physical stores.
Donate, Sell, or Gift Things You Don’t Want Anymore
Do you have home goods and clothes lying around the house that you don’t use or want anymore? You may be tempted to just toss them in the trash, but rather than do that, find a way to pass them to someone else. You could donate the items you no longer want, so they have a chance of being reused in the future. There are many venues for this, including Goodwill stores, local church/charity drives, and thrift stores. You can donate all kinds of items to services like this and clear out your house at the same time. So, it’s a win-win!
If you’re looking to make a bit of extra cash and get rid of goods you don’t want, eBay and other online selling platforms are great options. There are so many avenues for selling online, like Facebook Marketplace, Mercari, Poshmark, and the aforementioned eBay. Even better, these services are fairly easy to use and list your items on. You could be well on your way to making extra money, clearing your home, and finding new life for items you no longer want with just a few clicks! Doing so keeps those items out of your trash can, and in the future, landfills.
This is another really easy one! It doesn’t take much to avoid littering, which further pollutes our environment and planet. If you have trash you need to get rid of, please wait until you get home or find a nearby public trash can. There are also trash cans in or around just about every public place, making it even easier. You’ll only have to take a few extra steps or hold onto your trash for several more minutes to dispose of it properly. That’s not too much to ask in order to preserve the environment and keep it clean.
Back in high school, I saw so many food wrappers and other pieces of trash in the parking lot every single day. It was really sad to see, especially with there being trash cans all around the school building! It truly only takes a small amount of extra effort on your part. It won’t kill you to walk twenty feet to a trash can or wait until you get home. Will it kill the environment? It’s certainly possible, and at the very least, it would become more polluted. We don’t want that to happen.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
This point somewhat goes along with the above one about donating/selling/gifting, in the way that it also focuses on reusing materials rather than just discarding them. Of course, this is beneficial for the environment because it allows supplies to be reused and repurposed multiple times, which keeps those same materials out of landfills. In addition, it’s super easy to recycle with almost every food container and package having a recycling icon on it. Those helpful icons let you know what containers you can actually recycle, and after that, the only thing left to do is put it in your recycling bin to be picked up later. So, always check your used food containers, boxes, and other supplies to see if they can be recycled. Doing this simple step can keep materials out of landfills and go towards creating new ones, which is great!
One of the most important things to do with a crucial issue like this is to educate yourself and learn more about it. There are many ways to go about this, but some of the best resources in my opinion are documentaries and websites (credible ones, of course). A recent example of a documentary bringing attention to an environmental issue is the new Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy. It takes an in-depth look at how fishing directly impacts the environment and its oceans. I’ve already heard quite a few people say they’ve watched this and will no longer be eating fish because of it. Clearly, documentaries are a great source of information, can quickly spread awareness of important topics throughout the world, and can lead to positive, lasting change.
Another great method for educating yourself is to search online for environmental non-profits and organizations dedicated to protecting planet Earth. Most of them will have an ‘About Us’ page or something to that effect, which will explain more about exactly what they do and what their overall mission is. They should include plenty of information and statistics on why they’re fighting for that goal as well. Some good examples of sites to check out are Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and Environmental Defense Fund.
Donate to the Cause
I understand that many people have various expenses to pay for and can’t afford to donate much. But, that’s completely okay! It only takes a single dollar to help make a difference, so it’s fine if that’s what you donate. If you sent that same amount every week or even every month, it would add up to so much more. Giving what you’re able to, even if it doesn’t seem like a lot, can absolutely make a difference and lead to positive change. All of the organizations I listed in the previous point, and many more, accept donations and use them towards preserving our environment.
In today’s modern world, yet another wonderful tool I’ve found for creating positive change is online petitions. They’re incredibly easy to support, too, as all it takes is a few clicks to add your name to a cause you believe in. These forms can then be passed onto legislators at different levels of government and influence them to make decisions supporting the petition. In addition, petitions can directly lead to something changing or being stopped, usually for the better. So, they’re a fantastic (and easy) way to get your voice out there and support something you believe in.
If you’re searching for petition resources, Change is a great one to check out! I’ve used it many times to show my support for various initiatives and changes. It’s super easy and simple to sign a petition through this site as well. You can even search for specific petition topics on Change, which should make it easy to find environmental protection/defense ones. Or, you can take the plunge and create your own petition to save the environment!
Well, that’s it for my post this month! Let me know what you think of my tips, or if I’m missing any important ones. I know this is really just the tip of the iceberg, because there’s so many ways you can fight for the environment and protect it. Regardless, I hope this post was helpful and gave you some ideas on steps you can take in your own life! Let’s join together and do all we can to protect our home! 🌍💚
This post is part of the Lifestyle Ladies Blog Collab, which takes place every month! Each blogger takes turns posting on their blog one of several days in a row, with all posts being around a central theme. So, be sure to check out the seven other wonderful bloggers in this collab! They’re so talented and absolutely deserve the support. You can follow along with their blogs and posts at the links below! 💕
Since Earth Day is on April 22, our theme for this month was ‘Earth Day’! 🌏✨🌷
Day 1 (April 20)- Karalee over at talesofbelle
Day 2 (April 22)- Luce over at perselem
Day 3 (April 23)- This was my post! Thank you so much for reading! I really appreciate it. 😊💗
Day 4 (April 24)- Rhiannon over at mrssleejones
Day 5 (April 25)- Kim over at chimmyville