Happy Earth Day! How are you celebrating this year? Are you actually changing habits or just giving the holiday lip service? If you want to celebrate Earth Day with action, here are just a few of the things that you can do to protect our Mother:
Turn off lights.
Turn off other electric things, like TVs, stereos, and radios when not in use.
Use rechargeable batteries.
Do things manually instead of electrically, like open cans by hand.
Use fans instead of air conditioners.
In winter, wear a sweater instead of turning up your thermostat.
Insulate your home so you won't be cold in winter.
Use less hot water.
Whenever possible, use a bus or subway, or ride your bike or walk.
Try to buy organic fruits and vegetables if you're concerned
about pesticides. (Organic food is grown without man-made fertilizers
Don't waste products made from forest materials.
Use recycled paper and/or recycle it. Reuse old papers.
Don't buy products that may have been made at the expense of the rainforest.
Support products that are harvested from the rainforest but have not cut down trees to get it.
Plant trees, especially if you have cut one down.
Get other people to help you in your cause. Make and/or join an organization.
Avoid products that are used once, then thrown away.
Buy products with little or no packaging.
Encourage your grocery store sell environmentally friendly cloth bags for people to use when they shop, or bring your own.
REDUCE, REUSE, & RECYCLE.
Buy recycled products.
Don't buy pets taken from the wild.
If you have a good zoo nearby, (if the animals are healthy
and the zoo takes care of them), support it! Especially if they help
breed endangered animals.
Don't buy products if animals were killed to make it.
Cut up your six-pack rings before throwing them out.
*list from http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/8319/savethearth.html
Don't worry -- you don't have to do everything on the list -- just try to do what you can.
Think Before You Print If you're still overwhelmed by the list, try doing one simple thing -- cut back on using your printer. Do you really need to print out that email or that news story? Consider before you print. Take Your Yoga Practice Outside Another practice that I like to engage in on Earth Day is simple, yet wonderful -- practice yoga outside with bare feet. That's right -- let your feet sink into the earth and fully feel the earth beneath your feet. If it weren't so soggy out at the moment, I'd be doing that right now. Give Some Love to a Tree I also have some more Earth Day advice for you. Now brace yourself -- this is going to sound bizarre. Hug a tree. Yup, you read that correctly. Wrap your arms around a tree in a firm embrace. I was given this assignment during a yoga therapy training course and after much resistance at first ("what, are these people crazy?!?! What kind of an assignment is that?!?!?), I broke down and found a suitable tree for hugging. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the exchange. Try it and let me know how it goes for you. You may just be as surprised as I was.
Book Recommendations for Those Who Want to Make a Change And if you're feeling truly inspired to take massive action, I recommend reading the following books. Both will bend your mind and remind you that, yes, we can choose to live a different way:
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Whether you're officially celebrating Earth Day or not today, take a moment to send up a little prayer of gratitude to the Earth, which so graciously sustains us and allows us to live on it. A little gratitude goes a long way.