Earth Day…Why not everyday?


Maria Ruiz, Staff Writer

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Over the past 40 years this has grown worldwide because everyone has come together to celebrate our planet and renew our commitment to building a healthier and cleaner world. Why just one day out of 365 days? Together we can take care of our planet by taking action.

Simple Ways to Help theĀ Environment

  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle– To help conserve natural resources and landfill space.
  • Don’t send chemicals into waterways- Choose non-toxic chemicals to clean with.
  • Shop wisely- Buy less plastic and bring a reusable shopping bag to stores.
  • Volunteer-Volunteer for cleanups in your community.
  • Bike more-Drive less to save fossil fuels
  • Use long-lasting light bulbs-Energy efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Simple Ways to Help Animals

  • Go Cruelty Free- Monkeys, horses, rabbits, mice, and many more are subjected to animal tests in which a live animal is forced to undergo something that is likely to cause them pain, suffering, and distress. Many of these tests are done on cosmetics items like makeup, lotions, and other skin care items. When shopping for these items just keep a lookout and take time to read the box to see if its cruelty free or even vegan.
  • Limiting Meat in Your Diet- Many of the animals spend their short lives in cramped cages before being slaughtered. Eating less meat not only limits this suffering, but it also helps reduce global greenhouse gas emissions associated with factory farms. Making the decision to purchase free-range, grass-fed meats, eggs, and dairy products is another small adjustment that helps promote animal welfare in the food industry.

If you found this helpful, go ahead and spread awareness because many others may want to start these good habits as well. Help the planet and the living organisms within it. Each small action will help if we do it together as a whole.

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