To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.
—Terry Tempest Williams
Do your part to protect the planet
Nothing compares to the feeling of sitting on a beach, staring out into the ocean. In that moment, I am completely in the present moment. I am at peace. Nature has a wonderful way of relieving stress, which is why I make time to connect to nature every day.
There’s no denying that Mother Nature is very generous – giving us air, water, food, shelter – everything we need to survive. Sadly, as much as she continues to give, we continue to take. Today is Earth Day, and it’s a great reminder to appreciate the environment and reflect on ways we can give back.
Here is a list from the United States Environmental Protection Agency of resources and community projects you can take part in:
1. United we serve
Look for a variety of volunteer opportunities in your area.
2. Find your watershed
Participate in restoration projects and join the effort to protect water quality.
3. Superfund redevelopment initiative
Help clean up hazardous waste and restore contaminated environments. Superfund responds to natural disasters, oil spills and other environmental emergencies.
4. Air pollution control
Find ways to preserve clean air in your community.
5. Be an environmentally-savvy shopper
This includes buying energy efficient products, fuel-efficient vehicles and looking for the Energy Star label – a government backed program.
Protecting the planet requires action from all of us to make a difference. Every small contribution adds up. The more people who commit to going green and practicing a sustainable lifestyle, the greater the positive impact will be.