In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated as a way to create dialog and a greater consciousness to environmental issues. 46 years later, the Earth Day movement is still going strong with events planned in almost 200 countries. One of the most historic of those will be the signing today of the Paris Agreement, a part of the climate protection treaty. This collaboration between the United States, China, and more than 120 other countries is designed to reduce greenhouse gases emissions with the hope of reducing global warming.
So what does this have to do with you and the Sisterhood? I propose on this Earth Day, April 22, 2016, that we also do our part to work toward a healthier Earth, and in turn, a healthier YOU.
- Walk, ride your bike, or ride share to work. By walking to work, you reduce the use of fossil fuels and burn about 100 calories per mile.
- Clean up your neighborhood or just your yard (but NO mowing unless it’s people-powered and not gas!). Organize a group to pick up trash, dead branches, etc. around your ‘hood. Imagine the calories you could burn!
- Spring clean your house. Open those windows and get out your dust rags. Mop the kitchen floor. In an hour you could burn about 150 calories, give or take.
- Plant a tree. This year’s Earth Day Theme is “Trees for the Earth”. Over the next 5 years, the goal is to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide. You can learn more about this year’s theme here.
- Run a 5K. Many communities will host a race this weekend for Earth Day. Even the high school where I work does one every year.
- Go on a hike with your family.
- Find an Earth Day activity in your area. You can search for events here.
Do something today that will improve the tomorrow for you, your children, and your children’s children.
Happy Earth Day!