Earth Day was celebrated recently. It reminded me of the first Earth Day in 1970. I joined a few 7th grade friends in scouring our small town for litter. We were passionate about contributing to a cleaner environment and a better world. One of my friend’s had just lost an older brother in Viet Nam. Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was the #1 song and the Beatles “Let It Be” was climbing the charts. The assassinations and riots of 1968 were fresh memories. The world seemed to be in need of healing and Earth Day provided a proactive cure. Cleaning up the external environment was a way of cleaning up the internal problems that people and society were suffering from.
Jump forward 45 years and Earth Day seems to have lost some of its personal appeal. How does the average person address global climate change? The magnitude of the problem is almost self-defeating. It’s easier to surrender to the busyness of our lives, and the mindless distractions provided by smart phones, social media, and entertainment 24/7. But, what if you want to make a difference? What can you do? I recently heard health expert Dr. Dean Ornish speak. He suggested that we can take a stand for both our health and our environment by reducing our consumption of red meat. Dr. Ornish cited data that indicated that the world’s 1.5 billion cattle contribute more green-house gas than all cars combined. If that is asking too much, how about these ideas for improving your health and the environment at the same time:
Reduce personal energy consumption
Share things, rather than buying new
Substitute soy or almond milk for cow milk
Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water
Buy locally grown food
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