By Hannah Gartner
With Earth Day tomorrow, now is a great time to make a pledge to improve the natural world. Small or large, there are many day to day changes that can be made which help reduce ones carbon footprint and increases the sustainability.
Here are a few more simple pledges that can be made:
- Stop eating cattle, pork, and sheep; take it a step further by cutting meat consumption to two or three times a week.
- Start a compost pile, its easy and doesn’t take up that much space. Directions can be found here.
- Commit to purging your life of disposable plastic.
- Instead of buying new clothes go to the thrift shop or exchange clothes with your friends.
- Volunteer for trash pickups, trail maintenance, or at your local garden.
The more one gets to know nature the more they care for it, so the most fun pledge one can make is to spend more time exploring and learning about the Earth. Here are some ideas:
- Go for a hike every month this year.
- Plan the first annual family camping trip.
- Go on science walks were you identify and catalogue the flora and fauna.
- Take a trip to wide open spaces and spend the night identifying the stars.
Understanding is often the first step to change. Anything that fosters connection and caring for the natural world also helps it and can be a pledge.
While we make these small changes in our lives, it is important to remember that systemic change is also needed. All over the world there are individuals, groups, and organizations working on the creating the changes that solve the large problems. Pay attention and support these activities whenever possible. One example is The Leap Manifesto, written by a wide array of activist groups, which tackles a huge portion of Canada’s environmental and social problems at once. Read it here and join the 39,000 who have signed it.
This Saturday, April 23rd, The Gamiing Nature Center will be holding an event where everyone will be making there own pledge. These pledges will all be displayed on the wall as a symbol of our promise to help create a healthier Earth. More information on the event can be found here. Start thinking about your own pledge and we hope to see you on Saturday.