April is host to Earth Day. Coming up real quick on the 22nd. I had one last gift card from my set of three and decided I wanted to look into donating the funds towards Earth conservation. Let’s be real for a second. We can all do better. There are a few of us out there who are like uber awesome at being green. Collecting rain water, growing all their food and livestock, sewing all their clothing out of ferns, making homemade chemical free deodorant out of soil, and baking pinecone cookies on a rock in the afternoon sun. Ok, a few of those might be made up. But some people really are extreme and it’s spectacular and more power to them. What can I be better about? Not being so picky and eating leftovers instead of throwing away so much uneaten food. Getting off my lazy rear and turning off that light I left on in my closet. Turning the water off when I brush my teeth. I am the worst at this and I have no idea why. Probably because I don’t brush my teeth long enough. Whatever, don’t judge me.
Want to do more, or need some ideas? Check out this site. You can make pledges and learn ways to help your community take action in earth conservation.
Want to do more? Like help save endangered Leatherback Turtles?
Travel to the Himalayas and study the pollination patterns of bees and butterflies to better understand climate changes?
Perhaps your more of a rainforest person. You could travel to Borneo and help scientists make strides in restoring one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems.
Your in luck my friends because you TOTALLY CAN!
Enter Earthwatch Institute. You can go almost anywhere in the world on an expedition. How cool is that?!?
A certain someone I know wants to be a marine biologist. She basically can be, part time. For $2775 she can go to the Bahamas for 10 days, accommodations included, and literally swim with sea turtles. Your “job” is to snorkel with the turtles and observe where they choose to make their habitat, especially in their juvenile years. We know where they choose to make their habitat but not why. If we can research and pin point the reasons they choose certain areas to live as young, we can then protect those areas, better preserving a future for these cute little fellas. SIGN ME UP!
Until the day I can enjoy researching tropical waters or observing caterpillars in Costa Rica, I’ll do what I can. Like making a donation.
I chose to make a one time donation, but you have the option to make a monthly donation if you wish. Even as small as $5 a month. I’m pretty sure I lose at least $5 a month in the bottom of my purse. Just that small amount will plant 120 mangroves a year, regenerating a vital coastal ecosystem in Kenya. ( A mangrove is a tree by the way, in case you were wondering.)
You don’t need to make a donation to make a difference. Trying planting a little garden this year. I swear mint is like the most abundant herb you can grow, and all your friends will love you because you’ll make them mojitos all the time. Recycling is pretty easy too. Keep all your toilet and paper towel rolls and you can Pinterest the shiz out of ideas of repurposing them. Jelly jars can be washed up and the labels scrubbed off and you have glasses for your little people to drink out of. Lights can easily be turned off promptly and small appliances unplugged when not in use. Carpooling is a quick fix and who doesn’t enjoy extra company?
Let your imaginations run wild and be on the lookout for ways you can help keep our planet green.