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6 Easy Things You Can Do For Our Planet This Earth Day

Purple Sunset at Sea by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Happy Earth Day!

The 22nd April marks a day when the entire globe focuses on environmental protection.


People all over the world are using today to unite in meditation, visualizations, demonstrations and getting the message out there that we have to stop and take notice of what we are doing to the planet.

I know many people want to make a difference and help to secure a brighter future for Earth and for our children.

But what can you do right now to make a difference?  How can you dramatically reduce your own carbon footprint?

Go Green and Get More Green Stuff to Put in Your Wallet

Actually it's easier than you think and you can SAVE a lot of money in the process!

Here are a few pointers to get you kick-started on the path to a greener future:

  • Recycle water — use your bath water to flush your toilet with and/or water your garden (and get a really excellent workout by carrying buckets to and fro).  I started doing this a few months ago and have not only cut my water bill down drastically, built some muscle matter but I also feel a lot better for not wasting precious water resources.
  • Switch Off!  Cut back on your electricity usage and get energy saving light bulbs fitted.  It's so easy to leave our geysers (hot water cylinders) on all day and turn lights on and forget to switch them off again.  However, being more conscious about your energy consumption can also lead to a greener Earth and a substantial slash in your electrical bill (again, my bill went down over 50% when I implemented this — hooray!).
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — self explanatory, I guess.  Try to reuse things like toilet paper (only joking) — seriously though — have a look at my Pinterest board for cool reusable ideas CLICK HERE.  Reduce where you can — instead of putting that bunch of bananas in a plastic bag, just get the fruit weighed and have the sticker slapped on the peel.  Small stuff like that can truly make a vast difference in plastic consumption.  Recycle everything that can be reprocessed.  I was using 2 black bags full of trash a week, I've now got it down to half a bag a week.  These things really do work!
  • Carpool, Use Public Transport, Walk, Cycle or Drive Slower — did you know that if you accelerate slowly and smoothly, anticipate your stops and starts and maintain the speed limit you will reduce your fuel consumption?
  • Eat Wisely — did you know that vegetarians save about 3000 pounds of CO2 a year compared to meat eaters?  If you can't think of a life without meat, try to go for free-range poultry as it is less greenhouse gas intensive than beef.  Buy local — shipping and transporting food burns fuel!  Try to source local produce.
  • Save Trees — you can save massive amounts of paper by just switching to receiving online account statements instead of snail mail.  You can also stop junkmail with the help of 41pounds, a nonprofit service that contacts dozens of direct mailers to remove your name from their lists.

I hope this inspires you to do your bit for our beautiful planet.

Other articles you may enjoy:

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author shot lo resCherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and meditation music composer from Cape Town, South Africa.  You can subscribe to her site HERE and receive a free gift bundle.
She has weekly blogs on her site www.cherieroedirksen.com where she discusses creativity, practical and insightful perspectives on taking responsibility for your actions and living the life you came here to experience. You can follow her on Twitter (@cheriedirksen) and Facebook @The Art of Empowerment.

 

 

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  1. Thanks for the recycle water tip!
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    Unplug appliances not in use to reduce energy costs.

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