Last Friday, April 22nd, was Earth Day!
Earth Day is a day to recognize and spread awareness about our environment, and issues such as climate change and pollution.
Everyday, coral reefs are dying, polar ice caps are melting, wildlife are struggling to stay alive, and natural disasters are happening now more than ever. All of this ties back to global warming and/or pollution, both of which us humans have greatly contributed to.
However, by changing some of our simple habits, we can help protect our planet, one person at a time.
Here are some tips on how you can help!
- Limit your shower time to avoid water waste
- Recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, paper, cardboard, glass, and batteries to keep our oceans clean and avoid overflowing landfills. You can bring your recyclables to the OCC Recycling Center right here in Costa Mesa!
- Pick up trash at local parks and beaches to keep it looking clean and beautiful
- Turn off lights, fans, air conditioners, etc. when you are not using them to save electricity
- Bike, walk, or use public transportation when possible to help limit the amount of CO2 and other pollutants being released into the air
- Use reusable water bottles and food containers instead of disposable to limit the amount of trash you are adding to the planet
- Use reef-safe sunscreen when swimming in the ocean. Sunscreens that contain certain ingredients can be harmful to coral reefs. For more information on which sunscreens to use, visit savethereef.org
Let’s remember, our planet doesn’t have unlimited resources, so let’s do the best we can do to preserve it!