Earth Day – April 22, 2020

Not once during all my years of promoting Earth Day, did I have to start with…”during this unprecedented time”. But times are indeed troubling and confusing and most of us are left wondering if there will ever be a “light at the end of the tunnel.” Thinking positively is all we can do because if we don’t, then the struggles are even harder.

With the annual Earth Day coming up, how do we continue to help the environment if we’re ordered to “stay at home”? The answer is, that we must find safe and achievable steps we can still take to help Mother Earth. As countries are ordered to stay at home to help slow the spread of the virus, it seems that oceans and lakes are clearing up, public streets are devoid of trash, and people are banding together to clean up their communities. It’s as if nature itself has hit the “reset” button and trying to clean up as much as possible. 

But sadly, there are news of people leaving their discarded gloves and masks everywhere. People are throwing them onto the streets or leaving them in store shelves or shopping carts instead of disposing them properly. These kind of actions are unacceptable and leaving very dangerous traces of germs everywhere. We can’t ignore the fact that now more than ever, we need to take drastic steps to be clean and safe.

This Earth Day, there are some very easy and convenient steps you can take to help our planet. I truly hope you can share some of your advice and wisdom on social media as I will be doing so on April 22.

EARTH DAY ACTIONS:

Continue to use things digitally but responsibly. While we practically live in the digital world, we still have to be mindful of the electricity that we use. While many utility companies are offsetting their electricity usages, we still need to remember to turn off electrical equipment when not in use, and rest our minds throughout the day. However, buying media digitally does save trees, electricity, ink, and so forth.

Donate. Donation companies might be closed temporarily during the “Safer at Home”mandate, but you can still save items for when they reopen. Better yet, donate them to neighbors or friends who might need them.

Participate in virtual Earth Day events. Some great events include:

– Plant a garden. Planting a garden, whether it’s for food or joy, is always a great thing to do. If you plant for food, try out easier to grow plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, beans, and herbs. All of these type of plants have a fast growing cycle and will yield an abundance of food for you and your family. Each year I try to grow cucumbers and beans and since I live in California, it’s easy to grow tomatoes and herbs year-round. 

– Upcycle. This is perhaps one of my favorite things to do for the environment. We are at a point where recycling is no longer the first option as it might have been decades ago. Instead, let’s try upcycling. Upcycling is simply taking something that you already have and finding a new purpose or use for it. It could be anything as simple as an old t-shirt that you can turn into a reusable shopping bag or cut up into large squares to use as cleaning rags. I bet if you look around your house you’ll find lots of things you can upcycle and give them a new “life”. Some fun and easy ways of upcycling includes:

  • clothing – take any old and outgrown clothes and turn them into reusable bags, cleaning rags, aprons, add-ons to existing clothing, wrapping paper, and etc. Check out some ideas here.

  • glass jars – take any clean and sanitized glass jars (think jams and pickle jars) and use them to plant succulents and herbs. Glass jars make excellent reusable products due to the ability to stay sanitized and varying sizes and colors. Check out some ideas here.

  • plastic bottles – this is possibly the easiest and best ways of reducing your plastic usage. Since recycling should be the last resort, you can extend the life of your plastic bottles for many years by upcycling them into soap dispensers, garden planters, and even pencil holders. Check out some ideas here

– Display Earth. Make Earth-shaped cutouts, color them in, and tape them on your windows. Encourage your friends and relatives to do the same so that people will know you “stand with Mother Earth”. See below for a printout.

– Make Seed Bombs. Seed bombs are incredibly fun to do. You simply take some scratch paper or colored scrap paper and blend them with wildflower seeds. Then roll them into balls or small shapes and let dry. When you’re out walking the neighborhood, throw some into the fields and when it rains again, the seeds will disperse and grow. Just be sure to buy wildflowers that are specific to your region and non-GMO so chemicals don’t interfere with the natural plants around it. Check out the instructions here.

– Clean up your community. Depending on where you live and how safe your community is right now, try going around your neighborhood or around schools and clean up the sidewalks and parks. Once the “shelter in place” has been lifted, join an environmental cleanup crew such as www.unitedbyblue.com.

*** There are lots of creative and fun ways of supporting our planet this year, even when we’re supposed to stay at home. You can probably think up some really great ideas on your own! Be sure to share your ideas and thoughts with others so everyone can support our planet.

 

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NBC Universal’s Earth Week – No Food Wasted Campaign

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Ever wonder what happens to all the food we don’t finish that gets dumped in the trash? Well, they end up in the trash of course, but what many people are not aware of is the tremendous impact food waste has on our environment. While it’s inevitable to end up with leftover food now and then, we could all learn a thing or two on how to reduce that and to shop and eat wiser.

During Earth Week, NBC Universal’s newest campaign “No Food Wasted” highlights and details the necessity of cutting down on food waste in the US. Statistically, an average person wastes approximately 244 pounds of food a year and a family of four could spend $2275 on groceries that never get eaten. Given how there are so many starving people in the world, those are astronomical numbers to hear.

The goal of the No Food Wasted campaign is to help people understand this dilemma that the US is facing. If by helping people become aware of this growing trend of being more mindful in what we buy and eat, then perhaps there will be less food wasted. But food waste is only part of the bigger picture. The food that ends up in our landfill, our ocean, on the streets, and even in our own homes eventually lead to an unhealthy planet. Our environment already has a lot to handle with climate changes, pollution, chemical engineering, it’s incredible that we as humans, do not have the control to reduce our intake. And if you look at in a different way, think of all the money wasted on food we buy that we end up throwing away.

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Most of us do our best in not wasting food by saving leftovers. But what good are leftovers if you forget to eat them or just don’t have the desire for them the next day? Food leftover for a longer period of time starts to lose their nutritional benefits and they could be harmful to our body. So in essence, if we are trying to save our leftovers because we don’t want to be wasteful, that practice only works if we eat our leftovers right away. So the best solution would be to just cook enough for that particular meal. Plan ahead so you know if you intentionally want leftovers but remember to finish them off within a day.

Green is Universal (http://www.greenisuniversal.com/) is NBCUniversal’s ongoing sustainability initiative dedicated to raising environmental awareness and helping to nurture a healthy planet. Through their continuous efforts whether in person or through the world wide web, Green is Universal’s main ambition is to create more awareness across the globe so that we can all live in a healthier world for now and for the future. All it takes is one single person to take that first step and to make the commitment to reduce food waste. Below I’ve listed ideas that I’ve learned throughout the years that I hope will give you insights on reducing food waste.

Reduce Food Waste:

– Make a grocery list each and every time you go grocery shopping. This has truly saved me time and money overall so I don’t get tempted to buy something that wasn’t on my list. Just be sure to stick to the list to make it really count.

– Find useful and delicious recipes that helps you reduce food waste. Check out http://www.greenisuniversal.com/ for some great recipes.

– Teach our children and our family about wasting food. Feed your children only what they can eat instead of the stigma that they need to eat more to help them grow. Sure food is essential, but not as important as feeding them the proper type of food. When kids learn to eat what their bodies allow them to eat, then they too can learn to eat healthier and to not waste food. A good standby is to feed them their hand’s size amount of food. If it fits in their fists, then that’s the recommended amount.

– Composting is one of the best ways to make use of all your leftover foods. Table scraps, skins of fruits and vegetables, cores, tops, you name it – whatever you intend to throw away, save it for the compost pile. Learn how to properly compost on Green is Universal’s website.

– Try and freeze what you can and remember to mark the date you freeze them so you’ll know if they’re still safe enough to consume.

– Grow your own edible organic garden. I started one a few years ago and we’re quite proud of our carrots, strawberries, cucumbers, radishes, corn, and lettuce that I’ve grown throughout the years. Although the beautiful California weather supports the ability to grow an abundance of healthy fruits and vegetables, research what grows in your area and climate and it will be easier for you.

– Shop at farmers markets. There, you can buy in bulk or in pieces so you’ll tend to buy only what you need. You’ll save money and the environment in doing so.

– Donate extra cans of food that have not expired to the local food shelter. If you think you bought too much or you know you won’t be using them, by all means donate them.

– Practice Mindful Eating. This is where you’re conscious of the food that’s in front of you, instead of quickly snarfing down a plate and not know what you just ate. Enjoy the food that you’re chewing, chew slowly, and take your time. Not only will this help you appreciate more of what you’re eating, but you’ll get fuller faster as your body is properly digesting and assimilating the nutrients in your system.

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So today, join me, NBC Green is Universal, and many other eco-bloggers on our Twitter party. You can follow us here: https://twitter.com/GreenIsUni as we talk about less food waste, useful tips, and the importance of keeping our planet healthy and green.

Be sure to also check out Green is Universal’s Motion Graphic Video on youtube to watch a very informational video on how food waste affects our entire world (https://youtu.be/cDnDPjbLYDY). I was amazed at all the consumption in the US as well as what we waste. Remember – we only have one planet to live on; take care of it.

 

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Earth Day – Celebrating our Planet

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Each year on April 22 marks a very important event for our planet. It’s officially called “Earth Day” and it’s the one day where lights are turned off to conserve energy, people walk or bicycle to work instead of driving, and many other activities we can do to show our appreciation for our precious planet. Of course Earth Day shouldn’t be limited to just one day in the year, but it does highlight the significance behind its meaning: that we should all cherish the planet we live in and become stewards of good will for her.

Around this time of year I come up with ideas for people around me who are also heavily involved with protecting the environment. This year since I’m involved with a special ecological program at my son’s school, I have decided to dedicate my posts revolving around the Garden Club which I started at his school. For me, I truly believe that being stewards of the planet starts with children. They are already like sponges soaking up everything around them – the good and the bad – so as parents, it’s up to us to teach them the importance of keeping our environment safe. In essence, a clean planet equals a healthy life and we all want to achieve that one way or another.

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Protecting the planet doesn’t have to be a laborious  task. It could be as simple as being less wasteful by minding what you purchase and use. It could be as dedicated as walking or cycling to your destinations as often as possible. And it could be as complex as starting a neighborhood community garden where only organic plants are grown and using only ecological components. However you choose to celebrate our planet, remember it takes dedication and determination. Know why you are doing this and understand the rewards in doing so.There is an old saying that goes, “we leave our planet for our children and their children.” That is why it’s essential to start teaching our children the benefits of being environmentally friendly by doing so in our own homes. Imagine a future where we are short on natural resources because we’re significantly using them up currently. What will happen to the livelihood of our children and their children?

Some might say well, it’s too hard to be environmentally conscious. But that’s not necessarily true. Being environmentally friendly could be as simple as taking those recyclable bottles and cans to a recycling center. If you teach your kids to do that, then they could even keep the refund money for something that they want to buy or better yet – donate the money to a good charity. However, if you want to look at a grander scale of recycling, it is often better to use lead-free, BPA-free reusable glass and plastic beverage bottles. Then you wouldn’t have to worry about contributing to the endless cycle of plastics that are forever piling up in our landfills.

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For ideas on how to help the planet this April, visit Earth Day Networks website for some very useful information:

http://www.earthday.org/

And to find out about your own carbon footprint, check out this link: http://www.earthday.org/footprint-calculator

Perhaps one of the most significant ways of reducing your carbon footprint is to follow the three “Rs”, and those are: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. Reuse what you have if possible. Reduce what you buy and consume. And recycle everything that you can. This way, we are not using up precious natural resources and producing more pollution and waste for our future.

So start planning now on what you can do for this year’s Earth Day. I am also partnering up with the Earth Day Network this year and will show highlights of what people are doing around the world. And as the event comes closer, I will update all of you on our Garden Club and what the students are doing to make the planet a healthier place.

 

 

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