Celebrating Earth Day!

Although I’ve been sharing a lot about my recent hiking photos and experiences, environmentalism is not something I’ve talked about much on my blog. Ever since I started taking an environmental science class at school, I’ve been extremely motivated to do anything I can to preserve our earth and its resources. I’m not going to go in depth into global warming issues (if you’re curious, I found this National Geographic article super helpful!), but I thought I would step out of my blogging comfort zone and write about a worldwide issue that’s been taking up a lot of my thought recently.

April 22, 2019 (aka Earth Day) just passed, and I wanted to share with you some easy – and some more challenging – ways to help out the environment!

Volunteer

There are a ton of environmental organizations that hold events daily, and one specific one that I frequently volunteer with is Tree People. There’s a ton of information on their website of ways to get involved and even bring the organization to your own community or school. I attend their urban forestry events in and around Los Angeles as often as I can (of course transportation and timing isn’t always ideal), and I love spending time helping out the environment, even if it’s only a small change. In the last event I attended, we were pulling invasive weeds in a forest in order to allow the native plants to thrive. It was a very informative and eye-opening experience that allowed you to dive head-first into nature and its beauty.

If you ever have the chance, find an organization that holds events near you and attend! They’re usually a few hours and it doesn’t have to be a long term commitment. Every small step towards a greener community counts!

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Reduce energy & water consumption

I’ve developed habits to always turn off the lights when I leave the room and never keep the water running while I brush my teeth, but I never realized that these small actions can actually make a difference! Even just taking shorter showers and turning off lights can help reduce resource depletion and fossil fuel burning.

Carpool

Carpooling isn’t always the most convenient option in many situations, but it does truly make a difference! While electric cars are growing more and more popular, a majority of us who drive non-electric cars can reduce our carbon footprint by carpooling or using public transportation such as buses or subways. Again, this isn’t going to be the most convenient option, but at least we’ll get to live on a healthier planet!

Reduce plastic use

Yes, we shouldn’t use plastic straws. And yes, we also shouldn’t use plastic bags, packaging, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, cups, plates, utensils, containers, etc. The list goes on! My family and I have already made the switch to bamboo toothbrushes and hairbrushes, and, of course, reusable grocery bags. Plastic is integrated in our lives in literally every way possible so it’s definitely hard to avoid, but by making small changes we can slowly remove it from our daily routines.

I found an extremely helpful website that describes 35 ways to make a positive impact on global warming, so make sure to check it out if you want to find more options!

Thank you so much for reading this post and I hope it was informative! Let me know if you want to see more environmentalism type posts and make sure to like, comment, and follow my blog for posts every Monday and Friday!

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