Another year, another rotation around the sun. And another year means another International Earth Day on March 20! Our little blue planet does a lot for us — health wise. Fresh air gets out us outside and active, keeping your heart strong. Clean water keeps our bodies well, allowing us to live healthy lives. In honor of International Earth Day, here are some ways to show our planet some love. Here are a few things you can do to help yourself – and the planet – feel better this International Earth Day.
Get active! Turn off the lights and go outside for the afternoon. Take a walk through the neighborhood or to your local shopping center. Play games with your family or pets. Get started on that DIY project you’ve had your eye on. About 65% of global warming pollution comes from energy generation; that means every time you turn on your lights, computer, TV or other electronic device, you are contributing to that number. Just think how much turning off the TV and getting active for just a few hours each day will benefit both you and the environment.
Start a garden. Not only is is great for the environment, but it’s also great for your health! Gardening is a scientifically proven stress reliever and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers gardening to be a moderate-intensity level exercise. Just 2 to 3 hours of gardening a week can reduce the risk for all kinds of health problems like obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. It’s also a great source of fresh, organic produce and a great way to save money on groceries!
Eat less meat. The meat industry generates almost one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Not to mention the fact that red meats have been shown to contribute to heart disease as well as being a possible carcinogen. That means every time you eat that burger, you’re paying for a lot more than just a $5 check. Pledge to reduce your meat consumption by eating vegetarian meals at least one day each week. It just may save your life.
Buy a reusable water bottle. The average American uses more than 150 plastic water bottles each year. More than 80% of these are not recycled and take thousands of years to decompose. How much have you contributed to that statistic this year? What about in your lifetime? Everyone has heard of the recommended eight glasses of water each day, but did you know that adds up to about $1,400 per year if you are drinking only from plastic water bottles? By purchasing a reusable water bottle, you will be significantly reducing your impact on the environment, saving money and promoting healthy habits for you and your family.
So get out there and start saving the planet! The earth, and your body, will thank you. Happy International Earth Day!