Every Day is Earth Day
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
[…] Earth Day 2010 came at a time of great challenge for the environmental community. Climate change deniers, well-funded oil lobbyists, reticent politicians, a disinterested public, and a divided environmental community all contributed to the narrative—cynicism versus activism. […] Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. - earthday.com
Where do you stand?
As I did last year through a simple Facebook status update, I want to remind people that it doesn’t take much to do a little something for our Planet (and ourselves). I am talking about the air you breath, the water you drink, and the food you eat. Would you say that you don’t care?
Food for thoughts
Here is how I behave and what I have done since I started to take into consideration the impact that my everyday choices and actions have on the planet.
I replaced all my light bulbs with LED ones
I carry my own bags to the grocery store
When plastic bags end up in my apartment, I use them as garbage bags
When possible, I prefer local and organic food
I choose products according to their packaging (avoiding individually wrapped servings, for example)
I use my bicycle to get around the city and/or prefer public transport
Adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle is good for the Earth, for your wallet and for your health. If you’re not sure where to start, check out the website www.demain-lefilm.com/en and watch their documentary.
Eating less but better
On social networks, especially on Facebook, I see more and more videos of chickens in battery cages and of cattle being savagely tortured and slaughtered. By reading your comments, you all agree that it is terribly wrong. Sharing and commenting on those videos is good because it spreads awareness, but it won’t change anything unless you apply that awareness when you are the grocery store. You can contribute to stop this massacre by paying attention to the eggs, the milk and the meat you buy. Check the certified food labels of your country and let them guide your choices. Certified products cost a little more, but what if I tell you that by eating less but better [meat] is actually cheaper?
In French they say “ne soyez pas des CON-sommateurs”, where “CON” of "consommateur"(consumer) stands for stupid. = Don’t be a sheep.
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
I would love you to take action by choosing just one habit, the simplest, and change it. Start recycling, reduce the use of plastic bags, or go buy your first LED light bulb. It doesn’t take much to make a difference.