Earth Day…who cares?
I’m not a fully committed Tree-Hugger
Earth Day is for tree-huggers, right? You know the type…totally bonkers over every little detail of what they buy, how they eat, etc. Going anywhere with one is nearly impossible. Good luck finding a restaurant you both find acceptable, and if you go shopping be prepared for all the lectures on anything you dare pick up in their presence.
All or Nothing…Really?
Do we all have to be 100% educated and all-in to be considered Earth Day contributors? Let’s be real; there are so many things we do that we know contribute to the problem, yet the modern way of living makes it almost impossible not to!
What if you could make just one seemingly insignificant change to contribute to the cause?
Do something today that will make your tree-hugging friends give you a like and a share!
Earth Day is for…
- Artists – Yes, there is a way you can use your art to contribute. Artists for the Earth is a global campaign to connect with arts organizations and artists everywhere in order to engage the public with the critical issues of the environment. Because art has the power to reach people personally, it establishes a deeper understanding and emotional connection with what is happening to our planet. Sign up here to become an Artist for the Earth!
- Fashion Lovers – Love everything fashion? There is so much you can do in this area! You aren’t limited to frumpy clothes that make you feel like literal dirt. Learn how to sustainably shop for clothes…even the smallest change here can help, like buying second-hand, for example. View the toolkit on how to take care of your clothes, or even learn how to create a capsule collection if you get really into it!
- Foodies – Ok, this is where some of you might be tempted to check out, but I would encourage you to read what Foodprins for the Future is all about before writing it off! Simply taking 5 minutes to educate yourself on a possible unknown problem that has a huge impact on our earth might move you to make one small change. And if we’re honest, most of us live in Homewood where being healthy eaters is somewhat expected.
- Gardening Enthusiasts and Farmers – There are ways to grow food that hurt our earth and ways that don’t. Learning how to protect while we grow is important. Regeneration International describes Regenerative Agriculture as farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle. Specifically, Regenerative Agriculture is a holistic land management practice that leverages the power of photosynthesis in plants to close the carbon cycle and build soil health, crop resilience, and nutrient density.
Research continues to reveal the damaging effects to the soil from tillage, applications of agricultural chemicals and salt-based fertilizers, and carbon mining. Regenerative Agriculture reverses this paradigm to build for the future.
- Litter-Bug Police – Does your blood boil when you witness someone carelessly throwing their trash just anywhere they feel is convenient? Yeah, mine too. Does it really take too much energy to wait until you find a trash can? The Great Global Cleanup offers all kinds of ways to help fight this battle. It isn’t just about devoting one day a year to a group trash clean-up day. Check it out!
- Science Nerds – Public volunteers contribute to scientific research! Through the mobile app, Global Earth Challenge™ empowers people around the world to monitor threats to environmental and human health in their communities. After sharing data, people can take action to drive policy change. A new open data platform makes it easier for researchers around the world to find and access high-quality information and use citizen science data for international policy assessments like the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In other words, you can do things like collect data on bees, or support research on air quality, plastics, and food security.
Earth Day at Escape
So what do we do at Escape Day Spa to contribute to a healthy planet? We do our research on every product we use and sell. We choose companies that share our heart for sustainability, organic ingredients, and transparency. Our homemade salt scrubs and shea butter are 100% organic and made by one of our owners. We have always been committed to paying a little extra for the ingredients and products we know we can trust.
Earth Day is every day and for everyone
Earth Day 2022 is on April 22nd, but it’s clear that taking care of our planet every day is a must. Mankind has done a lot to destroy the integrity of our planet and the rate at which we continue this destruction is pretty rapid. Many of the suggestions listed on earthday.org are incredibly doable. We don’t have to change everything. Just one consistent change is worth something.
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