Today is a day to celebrate the beautiful Earth that we live on and focus on ways to keep it healthy for centuries to come.
I have always tried to do my part to help the environment whether that be recycling, helping clean up local trails and recreation sites, or helping educate others on how they can minimize their impact. This year’s theme is ‘Protecting Our Species’. Protecting our plants and animals from extinction is becoming more difficult but there are ways we can help.
In the past, I’ve been able to donate my time to water sampling to ensure my local lakes are healthy. I’ve been able to head out into a park and clean up invasive species. I’ve been able to teach local high school students about the importance of cleaning up micro-trash along the Colorado River. I’ve been fortunate enough to do these things and more and I hope to continue that work for years to come, as long as I’m able.
I love and firmly believe in the saying to take only pictures and leave only footprints. Leaving no trace is what allows so many people to experience any given area. In Colorado, there are several programs in place to educate people on how to minimize their impact in the wilderness and I hope that everyone that either lives in the area, or are just visiting take into account the simple steps it takes to enjoy yourself and have fun, but not impact the earth while doing so. This video on leaving no trace is a perfect example of how easy it is.
There are of course so many things that you can do to help other than leaving no trace. Pollution of many forms is becoming more and more detrimental to our environment on the planet that we all call home. Simply cleaning up can make a world of difference. There are several organized cleanups every year worldwide for Earth Day, but also many that happen regularly. Get involved and find a cleanup in your area. If there isn’t one, create one.
Being aware of what is happening to our earth is crucial to making a change for the future. There are several international and national organizations that are set in place to safeguard our future and combat the destruction occurring every day. Not only is the earth itself suffering, but the creatures living on it are as well, we included.
For Earth Day this year, I am setting up a monthly donation to The Nature Conservancy. Even though I can’t make a large donation, I know that a little can go a long way. Five dollars today could go towards providing sustainable food and water sources that could aid an entire community. Five dollars could be that final bit to protect a water source or a piece of land.
Every little thing that we can do as humans will add up and make an impact on our future generations. Volunteer or donate today to make a difference in your community.