Pledge to live a green lifestyle
April 22 will mark the 51st anniversary of Earth Day.
Since 1970, Earth Day has increased awareness of the planet we live on, pollution, climate change, endangered species, and many other environmental issues.
With the 51st anniversary of Earth Day upon us, what time is better than now to pledge to “greening our lifestyle” in order to sustain our environment. Our environment is very precious and complex. It surrounds us and ultimately determines our survival.
“Sustainability” means to be able to meet the present needs without compromising the ability to meet the needs of future generations. We all want our children, grandchildren, and future generations to enjoy simple things such as the majestic beauty of our earth and its creatures. However, the environment is challenged daily by our activities that produce air pollution, water pollution, and toxic chemicals. The environment affects all of us and is to be cherished, not abused or destroyed.
We can help sustain our environment and extend its life. Our individual choices can make a difference. We need to stop and consider how we live and the choices we make impacts our planet. To start with, let’s be considerate and take as little as possible and not more than we need. Let’s be more conscious of what we do, how we do it, and consider how we can minimize our impacts. Little things like turning off lights, adjusting thermostats, unplugging unnecessary plugs from electrical outlets, taking shorter showers, walking and biking more, recycling, and carpooling are all examples of simple things we can do on a daily basis.
Making small changes and choices in the way we use resources can have positive impacts. Unfortunately, it’s when we lose something that we finally come to appreciate its value. We all like to watch the fascinating television shows that feature our planet and all it’s great wonders. Let’s not lose the opportunity to take a walk on the beach or a hike in the woods for ourselves or future generations. Let’s keep nature from ending up in the history books.
Our natural resources are gifts. As recipients of these wonderful gifts, it is our duty to protect and sustain them. Let’s all take pride and make a personal commitment to respect the Earth, be better stewards of the environment, and think of others as we step into the future. Please pledge to “green your lifestyle.”
For some creative and educational ways to celebrate Earth Day with your family, check out the following websotes: atearthday.org/earth-day-tips/ and littlebinsforlittlehands.com/ hands-on-earth-day-activities-for-kids/.