Take it from an environmental studies student, it can be overwhelming trying to do everything you can to help the environment. But doing just one small thing is better than doing nothing, and starting from square one is better than not starting at all. So, here are three things you can do as we celebrate earth day!
Recycling may seem overwhelming if you haven't done it before. Where do you start? What can be recycled? Where do you take it? If you don't have recycling in your current place of living, a great start is to just look up what options are available in your area. It's also great to check in if you have been recycling to see if you're sending in the right kinds of items.
Shopping small and/or local is a great way to support your community and keep small and local businesses thriving. From fash fashion to high emissions from transportation, shopping big can be super harmful. Shopping smart is an easy way to cut out some of those emissions, and sometimes cut costs.
Stay Updated & Take Action
I would love to say that if everyone recycled, shopped smart, and did their best, the earth would be in great shape. The truth is individuals can only do so much. Staying in the know with your local and state government environmental issues is so important. The more you keep up with environmental topics the more you can help spread awareness to issues you are passionate about, and the more you can hold your elected officials accountable on topics you care about.
Starting with one small change is all you need to begin to live a life more sustainably.
From the wise words of the Zero Waste Chef, Ann Marie-Bonneau “We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly”.