2015-03-12-1426188041-1888511-EarthDayApril 22, 2015 marks a very special 45th anniversary of Earth Day!

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Here at the Empowered Women’s HQs it is one of our favorite holidays of the year! Although we celebrate our Mother Earth each and everyday here at the HQs we love the great energy of joining together with our fellow citizens to give thanks to our Earth and show it just how much we care.

Fortunately, (and unfortunately) there are so many things that we do each day that have a huge impact on our environment. Everything from the waste we throw away each day, to the car we drive, the amount of water and electricity we use, the type of clothing we wear, and the kind of food we eat all play a major role in the health and sustainability of our environment.

To give you an idea of how big of an impact we are making on our planet we are doing a 2 part blog series. Here are just the first few examples and short synopsis to show you just how big of an affect each one of us makes to the degradation of our Earth, but by changing our behaviours we can also start making positive changes too:

Unsustainable waste

Unsustainable waste does not biodegrade in our ecosystem. Once it reaches our landfills it can take 40 to 200 years to break down and some unsustainable waste will never biodegrade! Hence lasting forever and ever in our landfills piling up with the rest of the waste that may never biodegrade as well. Synthetically derived waste (which is usually derived from petro-chemicals and toxic materials) that does end up degrading will then leach its chemicals into the soil which then enter our waterways and are also released into the air; affecting our food supply, water supply, and the air we breathe. All being the three key necessities we need to survive as a human race.

Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place ~ Scott Peters Click To Tweet

Transportation

The car you drive (or don’t drive) can have a major impact on air pollution and our ozone. We all know air pollution affects us directly as we need clean air to live a healthy life. However, many do not notice the direct correlation of the pollution in the air and how it contributes to the depletion of our ozone. The ozone layer is a protective shield around our Earth protecting life from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Without this shield we would not have a guard against the sun’s rays and therefore life on earth would not have regulated conditions for humans to sustain life.

Water and Electric Usage

Our water and electric usage makes up a large percentage of our environmental footprint on the environment. Just a little less than half of the total energy utilized in America is used to generate electricity. Most of the electricity is generated from fossil fuels, such as coal, natural gas, and oil. The large consumption of electricity that is dependent on fossil fuels is not a sustainable proposition in preserving our Earth’s resources. Additionally, water resources are also needed for most methods of electricity generation. Excessive water consumption can cause drought (as being seen in California), causing waterways to degrade and aquatic life to die. Less water also causes destruction of forests and vegetation, affecting wildlife and human life source.

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Clothing We Wear

Being a conscious consumer is important, especially in the clothing we wear. Fabrics such as polyester, nylon, and spandex make up synthetically derived fibers made from petro-chemicals and toxic materials. These materials are harmful to our environment in both in their production and in their waste disposal. Over 2,000 chemicals are deployed in the making of our clothing. These chemicals find their way into our air, soil, and waterways during manufacture and when added to our landfills.; adding to the destructive contributions of the other chemical laden byproducts in our ecosystem.

Let us all join together to do our part today and every day as we show our Mother Earth just how much we care for her and all that she provides for us!

Share with us by commenting below what you did today to help preserve our environment.

References:
http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-and-you/affect/
http://www.savewater.com.au/research-and-resources/why-save-water/consumption