“The earth laughs in flowers.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today I am grateful for being on a planet that sustains our life. We’ve been given a beautiful place to live, our Earth, and with it comes a great responsibility to keep her healthy and thriving. This means making sure the ground we walk on, the air we breathe and the water we drink are fervently protected.
Earth Day is not just a day, it’s a daily choice to honor that which gives us life. There are many ways we can do this. I’ve listed a few changes we’ve made in our household.
An Abundance of Trees
Steve planted over 150 trees on our property. Trees filter the air we breathe and provide oxygen into our atmosphere. They also provide homes for countless species of wildlife. So why not plant as many as we can?
We have an array of evergreens – cedars, pines and hemlocks, giving us privacy and a year round connection to my childhood.
I grew up on a failed Christmas tree farm in Mohawk, NY. I say “failed” because when the saplings were old enough to harvest and sell, my father did not have the heart to destroy his beautiful forrest, which still thrives today, 50 years later.
In 2020, we decided to go solar. It’s a renewable energy source, taken directly from the sunlight. We get substantial energy production at least eight months out of the year.
I do, however, wish we went the extra mile and bought the batteries that would allow us to go completely off the grid. I still have not decided if the cost was worth it.
However, I do feel good about the environmental benefits of having solar power. It is pure, clean power that reduces our carbon footprint. It feels good knowing I’m giving the middle finger (🖕🏼) to the big oil industries!
Small Changes That Make a Big Differene
- Go paperless
- Use refillable glass water bottles
- Repurpose or donate items instead of throwing them in the the trash
- Replace plastic and paper shopping bags with washable cloth bags
- Refrain from using harmful chemicals and weed killers. They pollute our water and poison all wildlife, including the bees which are vital to maintaining life on our planet.
There are so many ways we can make a difference. Now is not the time to be complacent. We can all do our part to protect our Earth.
Happy Earth Day on April 22, 2022! Thank you for reading. – Barb, the River Blogger (Btrb)
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