There is a day to commemorate every little thing: Administrative Professional day, Donut Day, Sibling Day, the list goes on. Sure, it’s nice to honor or reflect upon our appreciation for someone or something — even if it is just a donut — but so many days it can feel like they don’t hold much value.
Today is Earth Day; a day to celebrate our beautiful planet and to remind ourselves to care for all her precious resources and the people and animals who use them to thrive.
But, let’s be honest, Earth Day is every day. Why pour energy into devoting one single day to THE most important thing of all: caring for Mother Earth?
Is it enough to acknowledge the things we can do to be better stewards for the planet one day per year only to forget about them a few days later?
Caring for our planet – or not caring for our planet- has far reaching consequences that impact every single life form on the planet: you, me, people you will never meet on the other side of the world, birds, bees, trees, flowers, and even things we cannot see.
It’s pretty easy to get all doom-and-gloom, because the health of the planet isn’t very good right now. In fact, I would say that she’s slowing dying.
The expansion of conflict palm-oil has threatened the survival of the entire Leuser Ecosystem, we are in the midst of the Earth’s 6th mass extinction, and 93% of the Great Barrier Reef is now bleached.
These are not comforting facts and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or that we’re too late to really make reverse the damage that we’ve done.
BUT…. Instead of hanging your head and feeling helpless, I challenge you.
Make this Earth Day more like a New Year’s Resolution that you’ll actually keep.
Today, make the resolution that, from this day on, you will do something every single day to benefit or honor the planet.
Resolve to consider the impact your choices make on a larger scale and make the Earth a priority.
No one is perfect, but the least we can do is make more of an effort to be mindful of our footprint every day.
If you need a little motivation or direction in terms of how you tread more lightly, I would recommend watching Racing Exctinction. That should help light a fire under your butt!
My friends at the Ethical Writers Coalition got together thought we would do an Earth Day roundup of sorts, and compiled a list of ways we honor the Earth every single day. Hopefully you already do some of these things, and if you don’t we hope you’ll be inspired!
I honor the Earth every single day by not consuming or using animal products. Livestock is known to be a major contributor to Climate Change and reducing one’s meat consumption will have a big impact on the health of our planet and the people who live on it. I also honor the Earth by buying locally whenever I can, and being conscious of her beauty and appreciating everything she provides me.
Leah Wise, stylewise blog
I honor the Earth throughout the year by using cloth menstrual pads instead of disposables and washing them with eco-friendly detergent.
Alden Wicker, ecocult
I honor the earth every single day, by always packing a reusable water bottle, a reusable handkerchief, and a reusable bag in my purse – they are as important as my wallet and keys!
Emily McLaughlin, gatheringgreen
I honor the earth all year, beyond Earth Day, by being mindful of where my food is sourced, joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, and educating myself on modern farming practices.
Danielle Calhoun, blacksheepbride
I honor the earth every day by teaching my children the importance of picking up trash and recyclables in on our daily walks around the neighborhood and showing them the value of eating what’s available to them in our own environment (in our case fish from the Gulf of Mexico we catch).
Annie Zhu, terumah
I honor the earth by buying organic and supporting local farmers.
Catherine Harper, walkingwithcake
I honor the earth every day by teaching my boys to recycle, using what we have instead of always buying something new, and eating locally-grown foods.
Faye Lessler, sustaining life
I honor Mama Earth every day of the year by always being mindful of my actions, asking questions before I purchase, and appreciating the beauty of life.
I honor planet earth every day by using a holistic view of health—one that encompasses the health of our minds, bodies, and our collective environment—to shape my thought processes, habits, and consumer choices.
Jacalyn Beales, http://www.jacalynbeales.com/outofwilderness/
I honor our Earth everyday by striving to use products which don’t violate the rights and welfare of our planet’s wildlife.
Hanna Baror Padilla, Sotela
I honor the earth every day by creating timeless clothing with eco-friendly fabrics that is made in the US.
Chandra Fox, thesenativegoods
I honor the earth every day by appreciating everything she has provided us with and by reducing my family’s waste through more conscious shopping practices, when selecting our food and goods -less packaging, less chemicals, less impact.
Nichole Dunst, green-or-die
I honor the Earth by abstaining from products, materials, and practices that rob it of its precious natural resources, by getting out and enjoying the natural beauty that it has to offer, and by practicing compassion towards all of its creatures.
Renee Peters ,model4greenliving
I honor the Earth every day by not consuming animal products, walking and taking public transportation, consuming products responsibly and wasting less, and by using my platform as a model to spread my message…The little things that we, as individuals, do everyday all add up to combat climate change. Never underestimate the power of small, daily actions that add up to be a huge reduction in our carbon footprint.
Eleanor Snare, eleanorsnare
I honour the Earth each day by spending time outside, fully absorbing what’s around me, reducing my impact on the planet and learning to interact with the planet in new ways through planting, growing and nurturing.
Elizabeth Stilwell, thenotepasser
I honor the earth everyday by treading lightly on her resources and inhabitants as I practice minimalism, veganism, and use public transportation as much as possible.
Addie Benson, old world new
I honor our one and only earth every day by making old things new again, such as thrifted fashion finds, thereby not encouraging the use of our finite precious natural resources.
Sara Weinreb, IMBY
I honor the earth everyday by using plastic-free packaging that is made of recycled and recyclable materials when I ship out new orders of our Made in USA clothing.
Abby Calhoun, a consciousconsumer
I honor the earth every day by taking in as much as information as I can about her resources, climate change, and our role as consumers in the ‘bigger picture’. I promise to never stop asking questions and having conversations, and will always look for alternative consumption practices to relieve the pressure we are placing on our planet.
Juhea Kim, Peaceful Dumpling
I honor the earth every day by composting and eating vegan. I’ve been vegan for almost 10 years and composting for 5 years. These two activities ground me and make me feel more compassionate, conscientious, and connected to the earth.
Quiet moments to watch the sunrise, daily hikes in wild places, conscious and focused appreciation for the abundance of this planet and my connection to it- these are my daily rituals to honor this incredible Earth! I also fold this appreciation and respect into all aspects of my work- whether I am writing and sharing my adventure stories, publishing photos, or consulting on ethical supply chain strategy, I am inspired in my work by the beauty of nature and honor it throughout.
Dominique, Let’s Be Fair
I honor the Earth by loving the people on it and enjoying the beauty of the world with them as grateful stewards.
Kasi Martin, The Peahen
I show my love for the Earth by talking her up! You can eat vegan, live as minimally as possible, and do your homework when it comes to clothes, but when others know the motivation for your lifestyle choices they can also be inspired to action.
Holly Rose, Leotie Lovely
I honour Mama Earth each and every day by being mindful of how my actions and purchases affect her, from my clothing and food to my toothbrush and detergents.