Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 of each year to help us remember that planet earth is our safe haven and home in a super-sized solar system in a vast universe. Please invest a few minutes to contemplate and ponder different ways to take baby steps each day to help make earth day an everyday lifestyle and mindset. During these crazy coronavirus conditions, we have a great opportunity to set aside some thinking time to identify ideas to make the earth a priority and think of simple ways you and your family can help the environment and yourself at the same time. In other words…do good deeds for people that you care about while you do good deeds for the planet we depend on for our health and life.
This blog will provide eight easy steps and eight environment epiphanies that can be implemented to start making a big difference. Numerous previous blogs have shared the health hazards and health issues we face due to chemicals and toxins in our environment, food, homes, and waters. If we can embrace the philosophy that we are poisoning the people and the planet with our choices and decisions we may gain the wisdom to make better choices and decisions now and in our future.
To be happy, healthy, and hopeful for our future and the future of future generations we need a vision and mission for a clean and healthy environment. My goal is to help educate, empower and excite you to implement eight healthy habits to help make Earth Day and every day priority.
Easy Eight Energy and Environment Enhancements
Avoid disposable batteries and use rechargeable devices. Recycle all batteries, electronic devices, glass, paper, and plastic. Reduce packaging and plastics as much as possible. Plastic bags, bottles, and water bottles are a major source of pollution around the globe.
Buy less stuff to save more money and invest for a better future and financial freedom. How many people really need more than ten pairs of shoes? How many people have so much accumulated stuff that they need to rent a storage unit to store the stuff? Most take away and take out food is harmful to your health and the planet. Buying organic whole foods that are simple to make can save your health, money, and time. A crockpot is one of the easiest ways to make healthy and low-cost meals.
Buy organic berries, fruit, herbs, meats, nuts, seeds, and veggies when available. The herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides used on foods are health hazards and harm you and the environment. Eating a more natural and organic plant-based diet is healthier and more efficient for our environment. There is a huge waste of plant foods used to feed animals and then feed humans. It can take ten pounds of environmentally damaging high-cost feed for one pound of meat. Commercial Animal Feedlot Operations (CAFO) are one of the worst polluters of our air, food, soil, and water. They use a lot of antibiotics and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) that are themselves major poisons, pollution, and problems for humans and the planet.
Carpooling, ride-sharing, and using mass transit whenever possible is smart and supports the earth and the ecology. Combine errands, shopping, and work travel to save fuel, money, and time. Look for more fuel-efficient transportation every time you absolutely must update and upgrade your vehicle. Electric, hybrid, and hydrogen vehicles are becoming more affordable, efficient, and effective options to replace fossil fuel vehicles.
Minimalist is a lifestyle that is eco-friendly, practical, and smart for people and the planet. Find ways to consume less and enjoy life more. By buying less you save more money to invest for your financial freedom and future. Check out the Financial Independence Retire Early (F.I.R.E.) movement that is attracting many people determined to live a frugal lifestyle and enjoy a higher quality life sooner and younger.
Plant a garden of flowers, herbs, and veggies. Plant your home landscape with drought-resistant native plants that provide maximum beauty and benefits with minimal effort and work. Promote the planting of native plants and trees in your community, county, neighborhood, parks, and schools. We need more native flowering and food-bearing plants and trees for a healthier ecosystem to protect our babies, bats, bees, birds, and butterflies in order to make the world a better place to live.
Replace all body care and cleaners that contain health hazard chemicals with natural and safe alternatives. When you use chemical body care and cleaning products you are poisoning your family and the planet. Replace Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) canola, corn, cottonseed, and soy health hazard processed and refined vegetable oils with healthy options.
Solar power is now very affordable and practical in many areas. Apartments, commercial buildings, homes, and parking garages can put solar on the roof. You can even finance a solar system for your home and greatly reduce your electric bill. By supporting solar and wind electric power production options you help reduce the dependence on fossil fuels.
Eight Enlightened Epiphanies for the Environment
Recycle everything you possibly can. Recycle aluminum, bottles, cans, cardboard, clothes, electronic devices, glass, lawn and leaf materials, paper, plastic, and water whenever possible. Composting is a form of recycling plant material into natural fertilizer for your garden and the soil.
Redesign your lifestyle to be happier and healthier. Redesign your current home and future home to be more eco-friendly and energy-efficient. Adding insulation, planting shade trees to block the sun, programming technology thermostats, replacing old single pane glass windows, updating and upgrading AC and heating systems can all add up and make a big difference in the efficiency of your home. Dome homes and Stabilized Compressed Earth Block homes have many advantages over conventional bricks and sticks and trailer homes that are better for your health and financial freedom.
“Reduce the amount of stuff you accumulate. Reduce the amount of stuff you buy, discard and use. Reduce your energy footprint and water footprint. Reduce the time you spend and waste on negative news, shopping, social media, TV, and unhealthy habits and invest more in your personnel development and self-growth.” —Michael Morningstar
Re-engineer your lifestyle with a more ecological, economical, and environmentally-friendly mindset. How can you spend less and invest more to reach financial freedom faster? The Financial Independence Retire Early (F. I .R. E.) movement makes a lot of sense if you are willing to be frugal, invest wisely and save a high percentage of your income to retire early and enjoy financial freedom early and enjoy it longer.
Repair and maintain your clothing, equipment, and vehicles so they last longer. A burned-out headlight can lead to a collision that risks your life and vehicle. A well-maintained car will last longer and save a fortune on excess replacements. Many older appliances are actually better made than newer ones and are worth repairing. Repairing relationship issues is often more beneficial and less expensive than divorce. Repairing family and emotional issues can prevent financial hardships from occurring and wrecking your future plans.
Replace inefficient and old problematic features in your home with newer technology that provides updated and upgraded benefits. Replace negative people and thoughts in your life and replace them with positive people and thoughts.
Re-purpose stuff and things to help keep them from ending up in a landfill. In Belize, a man used an enamel washing machine cylinder as an ingenious fire pit. There are many DIY projects that re-purpose old boards, fences, and pallets into furniture or even tiny homes. Shipping containers can e used to create cabins, cabanas, and container homes for personal use or rental.
Reuse the things you can and when you can no longer use them donate them to a charity or Goodwill. Most appliances, clothes, electronics, furniture, hats, sheets, shoes, and stuff that you grow tired of or outgrow still have years of life in them for someone else. Reusing containers is a great way to stop using plastic bags and use less plastic. Old fence boards can be used by kids to build bat and birdhouses and teach them about protecting the environment.
Passion for People & Planet
The passion and purpose of Morningstar NEWS are to condense hundreds of hours of rewarding research down to two minutes of education, information, and inspiration for a healthier lifestyle. This blog offers Eight Enlightenment and Environment Epiphanies to help make Earth Day an Everyday mindset. It is up to each and everyone one of us to do what we can to make the health of people and the planet a higher priority for everyone and for all future generations. Remember…There is No Planet B.
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