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

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Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we rally together to support and protect our Earth as we are witnessing the effects of what can happen when our Earth in inundated with too much waste and pollution.

By us each making some small adjustments to the way we live we can have a HUGE impact on our Earth and really help to improve the health of our environment. Some things that we can do to help Mother Earth may be obvious, but that also means it’s easy to do, so lets do it!

Food We Eat

Unfortunately, most food on the shelves today is made from conventional processed foods that are so void of nutrients I am not even sure why it is called food. Conventional produce are sprayed with chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides to help farmers grow the crops faster and protect them from pests. These chemicals deplete our soil to be void of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals we need to grow life-giving food. Again, these chemicals go into our soils, waterways and the air we breathe along with all the other chemicals from the many other sources that contribute to our environmental pollution daily.

If we each take responsibility in shifting our own behavior, we can trigger the type of change that is necessary to achieve sustainability for our race or this planet ~ Yehuda Berg Click To Tweet

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

Recycle your waste whenever possible and compost food waste. Purchase products that have been packaged in environmentally friendly/biodegradable materials and/or try to refrain from purchasing products and food with a lot of packaging and opt for eating more foods from the produce section of the market rather than packaged goods found in the market aisles. Reuse containers, bags, bottles, etc. as much as possible to reduce your waste and save the environment from the already overflowing landfills.

Don’t Drive

Opt to use public transportation, carpool, ride your bike, or walk whenever possible. Choosing to drive a hybrid or battery charged vehicle is the best option for when a personal mode of transportation is needed.

Conserve and Utilize Natural Sources

By conserving your energy consumption you are directly conserving the use of fossil fuels and water and also reducing the amount of pollutants created to generate it. Rather than generating power from fossil fuels and waste you can get it from renewable resources such as solar, geothermal, and wind technologies.

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Wear Naturally Fibered Clothing

Clothing made from fibers such as organic cotton, flax (linen), hemp, and wood pulps is the best option when looking for new items in your wardrobe. These garments tend to have a longer lifespan in your closet as the fibers are stronger and more durable. And the good thing is that when they are ready to be discarded that they do not have a long lifespan in the landfill. These fibers are biodegradable and as long as they are made in natural way and free of heavy metal dyes, chemical finishes, etc, they will not contribute to the toxic load in the environment.

Eat Organic Unprocessed Foods

Organic foods are made without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, hormones, steroids and genetically modified organisms. Organic foods promote the health of our soil and the health of the animals and contain higher amounts of vitamins and minerals than their conventional counterparts. Organic foods also do not harm animal life as conventional foods do, due to the chemical sprays given to the crops and the toxic substances fed and injected into the animals. These chemicals cause killing of and sickened animals that have come in contact with or ingested them such as insects, bees, and other animal life within the food chain.

If we could all gather collectively and just focus on these five key factors in helping to restore our precious Earth, we could make a large dent in restoring the destruction we have already caused. It is so great that we have been celebrating this special holiday for over 45 years but unfortunately now more than ever we need to celebrate Earth Day each and every day to get us back on track.

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