Celebrate Earth Day
Watching and reading the news can increase our tension and stress. We see so much that fills our mind with worry. We see divides between people, between countries, and between ideas.
But there is far more that brings us together than divides us.
When I interviewed astronaut Ron Garan, I was struck by his orbital perspective. What better way to appreciate our planet than from space? You certainly realize how interdependent we are on each other and on planet Earth.
In our busy lives, it is a challenge to learn to gain perspective. Whether through deep breathing, meditation, prayer, or mindfulness, we all find ways to separate ourselves from the day-to-day stress and refocus on what matters.
Today is Earth Day. For me, it’s a reminder of the beauty of our planet, of our interconnectedness, of our responsibility to take care of the environment.
And, in honor of Earth Day, here are just a few ways that we can celebrate our planet:
Celebrate Planet Earth
Spend time in nature.
Plant a tree.
Look for ways to save energy.
Pick up litter.
Say no to plastic bags.
Read more online and reduce printing.
Go off-grid and turn off your electronics.
Get a programmable thermostat.
Fix leaky faucets.
Use rechargeable batteries.
Take a walk outside.
Use a reusable water bottle.
Clean out your garage and donate to local charities.
Opt out of junk mail.
Start your own vegetable garden.
Buy used and recycled products.
Eat local, organic food for the day.
Lower the temperature on your water heater.
Try carpooling and sharing a ride.
Compost your garbage.
Open the windows instead of using air conditioning.
Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
Use environmental friendly cleaning materials.