Earth Day is not your typical holiday. Families and friends do not gather at someone’s home to have dinner, exchange gifts, play games and catch up on the past year.

It is a different type of celebration where community members join hands and give back to the planet. Some might not see it as an important day, but it truly is. As cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” Woman putting cans and bottles in recycling binJust think, if everyone joined forces like on Earth Day, the planet would be a greener place. If we each give back in some way, we can make a difference. Some people think it is about the grand gesture, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes it is about the small and simple actions. For example, by using natural light during the day instead of turning every light on in your house, you can save energy. Furthermore, you can save on your electric bill. See how simple that is? I like to think Earth Day is a day of green reflection and how you can improve the environment, not only on April 22, but also every other day of the year, both beside fellow community members and by yourself. For me, this year’s Earth Day was a time to look back and see how I have integrated sustainability into my life, and how I can continue to do so. Admittedly, I have not always been the greenest person, but ever since I began writing about the environment, my view of the planet has changed for the better. Here are several ways how I’ve change over the past three years:
  • I prefer to use reusable, BPA-free water bottles.
  • I always turn the water off while brushing my teeth.
  • I use reusable grocery bags.
  • I only wash my laundry with cold water.
  • I turn off lights in the rooms I am not using.
  • I only use organic face wash and shower gel.
  • At the beginning of the year, I turned vegan and now no longer include animal products in my diet.
In the very near future, I would like to start recycling and begin shopping at local farmers markets whenever I have the chance. These are just a few of the ways I hope to expand my greenness. If you should get anything out of Earth Day it is this: Small actions speak volumes, with each one adding up and giving back to the planet in big ways. If you are looking to give back, remember it does not mean you have to go 100% solar, start recycling, maintain a vegan diet and use nontoxic cleaning products all at once. Start small and work your way to achieve the greener picture. That’s exactly what I have been doing, and I already feel closer to Mother Nature.