Earth day is celebrated annually on April 22nd. It was established in 1970 with a purpose to bring awareness about current environmental concerns. Global warming, clean energy, and sustainability are some of the topics at the forefront of today’s earth day.
Earth day is about becoming educated on the effect we as individuals and us as a whole have on the environment. Making small changes can result in enormous results.
One aspect of sustainability and earth day is nutrition. The way we produce food, use land and maintain crops greatly affects our environment. Having a healthy and well-balanced diet is actually good for our bodies and the world!
Purchase Local Produce
Not only is local produce far more nutritious it is safer for the environment. Transporting produce hundreds of miles after it has been harvested results in massive amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.
Enjoy Meatless Monday
While meat does provide us with a good source of protein. Protein can also be found in vegetarian sources like beans, lentils, nuts, avocados, and leafy greens.
Producing meat requires large amounts of water, releases greenhouse gasses and uses 50% of the corn produced in the United States.
If the entire U.S. did not eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
Compost Food and Yard Scraps
Creating your own home composting system is simple and effective! It can greatly reduce the amount of garbage generated by your household. For step-by-step instructions on creating a compost system for your home visit www.earthday.org/takeaction/composting_info.html
Pledge to take one of these actions and for additional actions to benefit the environment visit www.EarthDay.org