You’ve heard of New Year’s’ resolutions, but this Earth Day I decided to make resolutions too!
Earth Day is all about bringing awareness of the damage we are doing to our beautiful planet. Climate change is becoming an ever-bigger issue: pollution is building up, the water crisis is becoming worse, species are dying out, and more.
I wanted to set a few goals for myself mid-year to help me become more connected to the earth, improve my health, and treat the planet the way it deserves.
Spend more time in the great outdoors
I love hiking, but too often I find myself being lazy and too unmotivated to go outside. I make excuses like “it’s too hot” or “I have no one to go with” and all of that adds up to… not much. I want to start exploring some of the nearby trails and checking off a few on my bucket list like Donut Falls and Timpanogos Cave, and maybe even be brave enough to face Angel’s Landing.
Cut down on my trash
Let’s face it: disposable dishes are convenient. Most mornings as I leave the cafeteria I pick up a coffee to go (so I don’t sleep through my classes). This adds up to a lot of waste. I’m going to start bringing my own to-go mug. I also want to try and cut down in other ways, like reducing the number of packaged goods (like mini chip bags) I eat.
Drive less, bus more
Having a car is great, but Salt Lake also has a public transport system. The system itself could use some improvement, but carpooling and mass transit is way better for the environment than driving everywhere.
Cut down on sugars
I have a massive sweet tooth, and as a result I end up stress-eating massive amounts of candy, sugary drinks, and the like. Not only is this bad for my health, it also impacts the environment in a negative way. Many sweeteners used in the US are made out of corn, an industry which has a huge negative impact on water use, pollution, animal abuse, human sickness, and more. (If you’re interested in finding out the details, I recommend The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.)
Keep learning about the earth, climate change, and human impact
For the past year, I’ve gone on a journey learning more about climate change. I’ve taken several classes, like Global Environmental Science and Civic Engagement And Social Change, that have taught me about the desperate situation we are facing. I’ve made some steps to decrease my footprint, like becoming vegetarian, and I want to keep learning about how I can become better for my planet.