Today is Earth Day. Perhaps you want to do something to celebrate it?
Here are three quick suggestions.
1) Take a quick lunch break today, grab a bag, and go pick up some garbage around your home or workplace. You don't have to do it for long, but every bit helps. It doesn't take much effort and it may be something you find yourself enjoying doing every couple weeks. If others see you, great! It may encourage them to do some picking up someday as well.
2) Run through the list of 'extras' you've been thinking about buying lately. Think about whether you already have something that does the job of one or more of those items. If you do, tell yourself you'll wait until Earth Day 2009 before considering that purchase again.
3) If you've got children, take out the calendar tonight and pick a date for a scheduled outdoor activity like camping, hiking, or a bike ride. Getting your kids outdoors and enjoying the environment speaks to the future of our planet.
Simple ideas that can have a positive impact in many different ways.
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I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.