Sunday, April 21, 2013

Happy Earth Day Challenge

Happy Earth Day everyone! 

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Your challenge today, fight to get earth recognized as a national statutory holiday! Okay, I am kidding, but wouldn't that be nice. My challenge to you is to do just one thing to change your routine that will be more environmentally friendly. Even if it is just this one day, every little bit helps.

Here are some ideas for you to try:

  • If you always go to your nearest Tim Horton's on your way to work, bring yourself a travel mug instead of getting a paper cup. Better yet, make yourself a coffee at home or have one when you get to work.
  • If you take the elevator every day to get to the office, take the stairs. You get the added bonus of a little extra exercise as well.
  • Don't have a recycling bin in your office or workplace area? Take your lunch time recyclables home to recycle instead of the convenience of just tossing them away into the garbage.
  • Reduce your reliance on unnecessary packaging. Bringing a sandwich to work? Put it into a reusable container instead of a Ziploc bag. 
  • Buy in bulk instead of single serve packages that use way to much packaging just for added convenience. 
  • Pick up the garbage you just step over on your walk into work every other day to help clean up your neighborhood. 
  • Consider exercising outside instead of relying on hydro to power your workout inside the gym. 
  • Always driving to work? Try public transit or bike to work. 
The list is endless. Find what fits best for you and spark the conversation with someone else. Earth Day is all about awareness and getting people to think about their surroundings. 

What would it be like in 10 years, 20 years, or 30 years, if we all just said, I am not going to be around for much longer, why do I need to recycle or think about the environment? Think about the second, third, fourth generation of your family... how do you want them to live?

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