Pitching in on Earth Day April 22

By Caryl Clem:

Upon hearing the word “Earth”, I envision lofty mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, and majestic examples of earth’s geography.  I feel filled with a mixture of awe and gratitude for our planet. In 1970 on April 22, a movement led by a Harvard Law School student, brought 20 million people together to show support for protecting the environment, the first Earth Day. I am reminded that viewing the earth is only part of the big picture. My actions influence how the earth will continue to appear and function as a life giving resource.

While listening to television, I am encouraged to support 4ocean, a  company founded by 2 surfers that has removed over 4 million pounds of plastic trash from the ocean since 2017.  All these efforts were funded by selling  products made from recycled trash.   Explaining how the company improves the environment is covered in these four pillars: Optimizing Technology, Creating Jobs, Education & Awareness and New Global Economies.  A bracelet titled, Earth Day, is among the selection of various styles.

About 2 years ago,  I decided to cut out plastic grocery bags.  The sturdy cloth bags that were used to haul my books were converted to food transport. I was inspired by standing behind a lady insisting groceries to be placed in bags she supplied. The food industry is starting to respond from pressure to reform packaging.  Trader Joe’s is taking steps to eliminate plastic after a Greenpeace petition with 91,000 signatures demonstrated consumer concern about plastic. McDonald’s has announced plans to eliminate harmful food packaging .  Two American companies are providing safer packaging https://begreenpackaging.com/, and https://worldcentric.com.   Begreenpackaging states the products are 100% tree free constructed from plant fiber.

American ingenuity is evident in finding ways to reduce pollution. Stay informed by using this link www.goodnet.org  to discover advances to protect our planet such as Dow company building polymer asphalt roads in Texas, and Dykes Paving using pins to stabilize roads made from soda bottles. Maryland is the first state to take steps with bill-HB109 to ban polystyrene containers.  A technique to use plastic bags to power Smartphones was published in February at Good News 

Since 65% of our drinking water comes from rivers, clean river water is vital. Our citizens are pitching in using“the National River Cleanup Program™, more than one million people have removed 13 million pounds of litter from rivers across America.” Deciding to take action can lead to positive changes.

Millions of consumers demanding environmentally safe products will impact the quality of air and water. As nine countries make plans to eliminate gasoline fuel emissions, electric cars will dominate the market.  Our lifestyles determine pollution control. Every step counts, it’s up to us to care.  To a future of thinking and doing GREEN for our precious earth.

Want some tips for cutting plastic out of your life? Start here.

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