This is a day to contemplate how we're affecting the rest of the world. Are we doing things that will allow this Earth to be handed down to our children as a better place to live?
Do we use those gas powered vehicles to drive the couple of blocks to the fast food restaurant to order up the easiest meal we can think of or do we think ahead and take one trip to the local farmer's market and/or grocery store that offers the most local foods possible? (I know local is harder certain times of year, but what can we do when we can't grow local all year long?) Local is healthier and still has the most nutrients, when it comes from farther, it's a week old (or more!) and has lost many of their nutrients. Milk and juice in plastic bottles are exposed to light and have lost half their nutrients by the time it hits the store!
Paper of plastic? How about neither, use a reusable bag for those grocery trips. They hold more, are stronger and you don't need to worry about them ending up in the plastic vortex.
Do you contribute by planting something and allowing it to grow and help produce oxygen for us to breathe or food for us to eat? Do we plan an outing where we can park centrally and walk to each of the stores?
Are you an electricity hog (I admit, I'm bad at this one) or are you one to keep everything plugged in all the time. You can save electricity by simply unplugging your electronics when you're not using them, perhaps overnight or when you're at work? Some people have saved half their electric bill by simply unplugging their tv's and chargers when they're not using them. When plugged in, it still uses "phantom electricity", electronics use the electricity for that little red light to tell you it's off or keep an internal timer going.
Do you recycle? It takes less energy to use recycled materials than it does to use the original source. You'll save many gallons of oil when you recycle those plastic bags, most stores have a spot to drop them off. Target also takes in old phones, ink cartridges, plastic beverage containers and MP3 players. pressroom.target.com/new
You can't say that you can't recycle anything when there are so many free places to drop your stuff off. Most cities have recycling days where you can drop off light bulbs, old cleaners that are considered toxic, old prescriptions (Don't toss them in the water system!), paint and many other things, just keep up with your local paper and they should tell you a time and date to drop these off, usually as often as monthly, or as little as twice a year.
Using cleaners off the shelf? Did you know that plain ol' vinegar and baking soda can clean just as easily without letting off toxic fumes? www.vinegartips.com/scri
Even if you don't own a house, you can still charge your electronics using sun power. There are new small chargers that use solar panels, so you can charge and go! Just search solar powered chargers and you can find many!
You can easily save energy by getting off the computer, turning it off and going for a walk, you'll make your body more mobile and take yourself off the grid for a while. Take a garbage bag with and clean up the garbage that people toss out randomly and find the nearest garbage for it, you'll make the walk nicer for the next person that follows your path.
Although you may not be able to do all things listed here, you are probably able to do at least one or two. While you're making yourself healthier, you can also make the world healthier. We are but passengers on this world for a short time, let's keep it as clean or cleaner than it was left to us.
Other holidays for today: World Creativity and Innovation Day, how can you be creative in your day and help make it a better place to live? National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day, what a great way to keep chocolate in your diet, with a sprinkling of healthy nuts?