Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Every Day is Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

I’m not a huge Earth Day celebrator, but I do think that taking a day to raise awareness about environmental protection is great. We all share this planet, not only with the people living now, but those in the future, so it’s important that we do our best to protect it. I think you’d have to be living under a rock not know about global warming, deforestation, and a slew other environmental issues (fracking is a huge one in my neighborhood).

Since the environmental movement started in the 1970s, we've made strides toward living more responsibly. I know that the sheer number of recycling receptacles in New York has grown in the last decade; animals like the Red Kangaroo and Bald Eagle have been saved by the Endangered Species Act; and the international community has started to take climate change seriously and start initiatives to reverse its effects.

I want to do my part, so this year I’m going to be more conscientious about my recycling. While I do recycle aluminum, glass, and plastic, I’m not always great when it comes to recycling paper (and I use a lot of it for work). So I’m going to change that.

  • I’m going to read manuscripts for work on my Kindle rather than printing them out. Each time I have to read a manuscript for work, I’m printing anywhere from 200-600 pages. I’m going to try to get in the habit of reading them electronically.
  • I’m going to use double-sided printing.
  • I’m going to recycle paper, not just throw it in the trash.

Are you going to do anything in honor of Earth Day?

1 comment:

  1. Happy Earth Day! I've got to the point where I don't use any paper at work at all now, and it's great! My desk is a lot more organized too lol