6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Everyday

Posted on Apr 20 2011 - 2:12am by Mike Lieberman

Earth Day is coming up this Friday and every company is jumping on the Earth Day bandwagon. They are doing “ABC in honor of Earth day” or “XYZ to celebrate Earth Day.” It’s all a bunch of BS and greenwashing.

I mean it’s great that people are acknowledging it, but unless true habits form, it’s all for naught and just another way for companies to sell you crap that you don’t truly need.

So in honor of Earth Day here on Urban Organic Gardener, I want to share with you “6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Everyday” because that’s when the Earth should be celebrated.

  1. Consciously Eating Who gives a damned about the difference between being a vegan and omnivore. Let’s unite against something that we can all agree is wrong and that’s factory farming.
  2. Conscious Consuming. This goes hand in hand with conscious eating, but let’s be conscious consumers as well and know how our purchases effect not only the environment, but other human beings as well. For instance, did you know that the exploitation of women goes on in a large amount of farm fields? Know how your purchases are supporting such practices and vote with your dollar.
  3. Give Thanks for Your Food. This is something that’s usually reserved just for Thanksgiving. It should be something that’s done on a daily basis. Thanks should be given to the workers who grew, produced, tended to and harvested the ingredients that make up our meals. Even if it’s just a quick, “thanks to everyone that helped get this meal to my plate.” Slow down and show some appreciation.
  4. Support the Locals. This is important especially with the rising food prices. It will help to keep money and jobs in the community. This also helps to cut out the middleman and costs that go into shipping of products.
  5. Avoid Using Additional Plastic in the Kitchen. Instead use or reuse glassware. This will not only help the environment, but will be good for your health as well.
  6. Grow Your Own Food You don’t have to have a huge garden or lots of space. Growing one herb or vegetable will make a difference for you and for the environment.

What are other ways that you can celebrate Earth Day everyday?

  • http://wannabelocavore.wordpress.com Jecka

    Going outside! So many people don’t appreciate the earth because they don’t touch it, walk on it, or look at it very often! Instead of staring at the TV for an hour, go for a walk, take photos around your neighborhood, play fetch with your dog outside… anything that will get you out there! That’s one way to definitely appreciate the earth every day.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    That is so true. We all too often wind up being caught up indoors too much.

  • The Sage Butterfly

    Great tips! I especially like the one suggesting we buy locally. This makes such a difference to everyone involved as well as the earth. Happy Earth Day!

  • http://groovygreenlivin.com/ Lori Alper

    My fav is support the locals. Join a CSA or shop at a local farmers market. Get to know where your food comes from and create a connection with your food. Thanks for the great list!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks. Most certainly does.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Used to love my CSA in NY. Now lovin the LA farmers markets.

  • http://profiles.google.com/yestocharisse Charisse Ramos

    I agree with Lori! Support local food/produce. I have a CSA subscription myself. Also on my list: support efforts in community gardening! I’m such a big proponent for gardens in schools. Kids learn so much about where their food comes from and as a mom, trust me, it is so important! The Yes to Seed Fund is a great example of how to help schools build gardens thru grants :)

  • Suzanne Tabor

    I like the “giving thanks” we can change the vibration of both ourselves and the food/water/earth through thankfulness – a forgotten consciousness as a reaction of over-religionizing our own Innate Wisdom. thanks for the reminder. I have posted your info to Facebook page – Remembering Innate Wisdom if any one wants to contribute thoughts there

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Like the suggestions.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Katherinekelley

    If you do have to purchase a packaged food item, see if you can reuse or repurpose the container before just tossing it in the recycle bin (you *are* recycling, right?). For example, you can store sugar, flour, and dry beans or coffee in glass jars and schools often use things like coffee containers or even hummus tubs for storing and organizing supplies. Even if you aren’t sure it can be reused, ask a local art teacher. She may be able to use it for a project or pass it on to another who can make use of it.

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  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    True. True. Reuse is the second “R”. Good suggestions.

  • Repurpose24

    You are so right. I reuse the cans and turn them into pencil holder and/or brushes holder.