The Day After Earth Day

Every day is Earth Day. Period. On April 22, millions of young leaders across the globe celebrated an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First feted in 1970, Earth Day has gone on to be observed in over 190 countries. Many of us took action on April 22, 2014 from protecting Asian elephants to cleaning up a river in the Pacific Northwest. But what can we do on April 23 and April 24 and April 25 and so on? Here's a simple list of things you can do to pay tribute to the Earth's environment without having to fly down to South America to save a rainforest or jet across the globe to Thailand to help conserve a little flora and fauna. 

  1. Bike to Work. This is more of a reminder than it is a revelation. Dig out your wheels and get some good 'ol exercise on your way to the office. In fact, in many cities, you don't even have to own a bike. You can rent and share one for the hour. What's the added benefit? Burning calories, healthier living. 
  2. Need a faster ride? Bike not doing it for you? Park the car and take public trans to where you need to go. What's the impact? Reducing greenhouse emissions. 
  3. Okay, so this might be TMI, but let's talk toilets. These days, you can use the water-saving dual flush feature if it's available (hint: it's the smaller, inside button). What are you saving? Half the water. 
  4. Spring cleaning. So, this one's not just about making more room in your closet for new shoes. When you donate clothes, it's less materials we have to mass produce and keeps mountains of discarded clothes from taking up space in landfills. 
  5. We're digital natives, which means taking our concerns and ideas online is second nature to us. By starting our own blogs or following another person's blog about environmental protection, we create a community, exchange ideas, and share the best suggestions for taking care of the planet. Just imagine what a few words written each week can do to help others live a green life. 

What things - simple things - are you doing every day to protect the environment?




Tags: Millennials, Young, Leaders, Leadership, environment, activism, Volunteer, World, Globe, international, issues, protection, the y, YMCA, Earth Day, April

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