Happy Earth Day, friends!
And given that almost the entirety of our populated planet is taking a break–albeit a forced break–my guess is Mama Earth is breathing just a bit easier as of late.
I promise you this isn’t a post to make you feel like a self-centered slob. I’m not going to pretend that I’m some guru of sustainability.
I am not.
We all can improve.
All of us!
So in the spirit of Earth Day, I’ve made a little list for myself.
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SnapDragon’s List of Things She Can Do to Maybe Help The Planet a Little Bit:
–Nobody needs all those plastic bags. Cat or dog parent? You can find biodegradable poop-scoop bags on Amazon. Yep.
–Skip the straw. It seems like this is catching on! How many sad sea turtle pics do we need to see? (starts crying)
–Buy a Brita. Some people may think it’s a nuisance to fill, but really. . . it’s just turning on the faucet. And you’ll reduce a shit-ton of plastic in the process.
–You don’t smell. I’m an advocate for good hygiene, but do we really need to wash our clothes so much? Is your blouse really that dirty from you sitting in front of the computer all day? Think of the water, soap, energy (and time!) you’ll save.
–Dishcloths are cute. Paper towels are handy. I won’t lie and say we don’t use them. But a washable, reusable dishcloth works just as well. And in the meantime it’ll save a tree, and space in our ridiculously-expanding landfills.
–Just do it. There were times in my adult life when recycling
either wasn’t an option or was inconvenient. I’m not proud of this. But I’m going to make more of an effort. We’ll set out our bin each week, and when we stop at Dunkin? We’ll take those iced coffee cups home to ensure their destiny into recycling center heaven.
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. . .And there we have it!
Not the most prolific of lists, but an important reminder that Earth is our home. It’s also home to millions of other organisms. They want to live in beauty, too!
So on this day–and all of our days–let us respect this incredible planet.
She’s the only one we’ve got.
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SnapDragon is a curly-haired reader of fiction.
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