Since 1970, when nearly 20 million Americans joined hands to start working towards sustaining the environment that sustains the Earth, April 22 has come to be known as Earth Day. The main message that this day wants to convey is that everyone can contribute to make Earth a better planet and everyone should make that contribution.
The Google Doodle for Earth Day 2018 honours famous British primatologist and anthropologist Dr Jane Goodall who has dedicated her life to studying and protecting the environment.
In the doodle, Dr Goodall shares her Earth Day message with the world, where she speaks about her inspirations and tells people what all they can do to have a positive impact on the planet.
In 1977, Dr Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which works towards conservation of species, trying to improve the lives of people, animals, and the environment by working on their connectedness to each other.
On Earth Day 2018, which is focused on recycling plastic that are clogging and contaminating the oceans and vital habitats, the JGI has a special message. It says while there are millions of ways to become more environmentally friendly one certainly doesn’t need to do a million things to make a difference.
JGI suggests some easy and obtainable ways to start making a difference!
While every health specialist advises to drink as much water as possible, JGI’ advice is to get into a habit of carrying your water bottle everywhere. This will reduce the amount of plastic as you won’t have to purchase a plastic bottle. Also, if you bring your own mug to office for your tea or coffee, you can save a lot of paper too.
Eat more plants
Dr Jane Goodall’s JGI says we should try to go meatless at least one day a week (if not more). “It’s much easier to go meatless if you pre-plan your meals and make it an intention to go at least one day a week without consuming animal products,” says a blog on the institute’s website.
No plastic cutlery
Opting for takeaway meals usually entails a lid, a straw and disposable cutlery. Turn down these straws and forks whenever possible.
According to reports, only 9% of the world’s plastic is recycled. JGI ay people should now start thinking of setting up recycling stations at home. It may seem insignificant, but each item recycled means one less out in the world polluting the environment.
Pedal to work
Riding your bike to work is not only good for the environment but also for your own health.
Turn off the lights whenever possible. It’s the easiest way to save on your electric bill. An added benefit will be the fact that your little step will help the environment.
Invest in shopping bags
Start saying no to plastic bags offered by shops. Remember to carry your own bag while going for shopping. Keeping some reusable shopping bags in your car can come in handy in times of any unplanned shopping.
Visit a national park near you
JGI put special emphasis on supporting public spaces and encourages visits to parks, going for a hike, or spending some leisurely time outdoors. “Understanding the environment that we live in is the key to valuing its preservation and the animals that live within it,” it says in the blog.