Have you ever thought about how disconnected we are from the natural environment? We sleep in shelters above the flooring even upon beds. We work under fluorescent fixtures with climate controlled air ventilated through our offices. We sit on decks and porches when we go outside and find picnic shelters when we decide to eat surrounded by mother nature. We wear shoes of all sizes, shapes, and materials and even in the summer flip flops and sandals shield our precious paws from the earth we stand upon.
Our feet alone are far removed from the feeling of the earth beneath our feet and the grass between our toes. I am very much a barefoot person. And when I have to wear shoes they are usually flip flops or as minimal a running shoes as my legs/shins/ankles will withstand. I have always loved the energy of the earth. And at some point the rest of the world seemed to catch up as I see websites telling the virtue of earthing, books written about earthing, and see more and more people transitioning into Vibrams for everything from running to hiking, running, camping and paddle boarding. I’ve seen them on the tv show Survivor!
I know I enjoy being barefoot but apparently there are many possible benefits from your bare feet touching the earth. It’s kind of amazing. And our feet are just one part of us which most of the time stays far removed from the earth and all it’s wonder. With earth day approaching (April,22) take off your shoes and find some earth to stand on and just embrace the moment of re-connect to the earth 💚
Friday the 22nd was Earth Day. But I believe it should just be called Earth Days and should be celebrated every day. Every day we should think about the place we call home and how we can make it a better more beautiful place for ourselves and the generations to follow us. It’s simple really. Every day we affect the planet. So every day we can help either heal the planet or the very least help prevent more harm.
Educate ourselves about nature and the dangers we pose to our environment.
Use cars less. Walk, bike, share rides, skateboard!
Reduce food waste, meal plan carefully and donate if you are overstocked.
Learn creative ways to use leftovers.
Use less food packaging, opt for re-usable containers.
Eat and shop locally.
Shop with conservation in mind!
Turn things off and unplug when not using them. You may think “oh but that’s a small amount of electricity”. Yes, but multiply that small amount by the population, not so small anymore.
Help bees, don’t hurt them. Yeah, they sting when bothered, sometimes even when not. But they are vital to our environment!
Eat less meat to reduce the carbon footprint.
Pay attention to water usage in your home, make sure you are not wasting it. Repair leaky faucets and toilets. You can tell if the toilet leaks by putting food coloring in the tank. If color shows up in the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak.
Recycle what you are able to recycle.
Compost if you can.
Make your home more energy efficient.
Maintain your car. Underinflated tires decrease fuel economy by up to three percent and lead to increased pollution and higher greenhouse gas emissions [Source: EPA].
Turn off lights when you are not in the room.
Find the trash barrel/garbage can when you are out at parks, beaches, etc…and use it. Not just for your trash, but any you see that you think is safe to pick up and toss away.
Next time you are at the beach, bring a can or container and pick up cigarette butts you see laying around and dispose of them.
Don’t wash half empty loads of clothes
Choose energy-efficient appliances when you replace old ones.
Buy from companies with eco-friendly policies.
Grow a garden 🙂
Painting your house? Use a latex paint. Oil-based paints release hydrocarbon fumes.
Get a tune-up. Properly maintained vehicles get better gas mileage and emit fewer pollutants.
Plant a tree. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
Use less fertilizer on your lawn. When it rains, excess fertilizer runs off into storm sewers and pollutes streams.
Water your lawn in the early morning, when the water will soak in and not evaporate in the heat of the day.
Use a bucket when you wash the car, instead of the hose. Letting the water run while you work costs money and wastes water. Only use the hose to rinse.
Use rechargeable batteries. Many batteries contain metals that are better kept out of landfills.
Give it away, don’t throw it away. Many charitable organizations accept donations of wearable clothing and gently used household items.
Can you add to the list? What ways can you think of to help our environment to stay healthy and our planet to thrive?