Join Me in Celebrating the 50th Annual Earth Day
Wednesday, April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This year it takes place during an unprecedented time of global health concern. In past years, over a billion people in nearly 200 countries participated in Earth Day actions to protect our shared environment. It will be interesting to see if many people who are now staying at home will take the time to celebrate this milestone event.
For me, every day is Earth Day. At the office, we recycle and reuse everything we can. We are careful with our water and electricity usage. I happily drive a Prius that gets amazing mileage with little carbon footprint.
Why not care for our precious environment all year long? The changes you make today have a greater likelihood to become a part of your lifestyle if you consciously repeat them over time.
Here are a few tips on how you can celebrate Earth Day every day in your lifestyle and home.
• Pick up after yourself. It all begins with you. Today, many people who are wearing disposable gloves and masks to the grocery store are tossing them on the ground. These are items that truly belong in a safe trash receptacle. Do you have a dog? Everything that man’s best friend does is your responsibility, down to his or her waste. You must pick it up and dispose of it properly. Always strive to be responsible for yourself and the community you live in.
• Really use your cloth bags. We all have a collection of cloth bags gathering dust in the trunk of our car. If you shop in Burbank or the Los Angeles area, you will pay ten cents for a heavy plastic, reusable bag if you don’t bring your own. At the moment many stores aren’t charging for them. If you forget to bring your bags into the store, place your paid-for items back in the cart and bag them as you put them in your trunk. Or ask for a paper bag if you must. They are great for repurposing to hold your recycling.
• Start composting. If you live where you have a yard or garden, you can compost. More than a billion pounds of food are thrown away each year. Help make a difference by turning your food waste into soil.
• Buy local whenever possible. Eat fresher and healthier by buying local produce. Support your area farmers. Look for the closest Farmer’s Market to where you live and become a regular shopper.
• Recycle e-waste. Every year, thousands of old electronic devices — we’re talking big old TVs, old laptop and desktop computers, computer printers, all types of batteries, etc. — are tossed into landfills, polluting the environment when they can be easily recycled. Go online and find out where you can take your old electronics and batteries for recycling. Often you will find that your local fire department open for recycling on Saturdays.
• Use less water. The U.S. Drought Monitor recently announced that the Los Angeles area is no longer in a drought. Our water supply is so very fragile and this is no time to get lazy! Turn the water off when you brush your teeth. Take shorter showers. Run the clothes washer and dishwasher with full loads only. In this drought-prone region, it’s only a matter of time before this precious commodity is at a premium once again.
Happy Earth Day!
What makes Dr. Charlene Thorburn different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.