Hey guys, today is ‘World Environmental Education Day’, a day declared by the United Nations 46 years ago to identify the relationship that we, as humans, have with nature and to recognize our increasing impact on it. The day is also used to promote sustainability, conservation, as well as admiration for the beautiful world we live in.
Being environmentally conscious can be difficult if you don’t know where to begin, and believe me, I’ve been there. Luckily, however, once you take your first steps in recognizing your role in the environment, it becomes a lot easier. I wanted to give you all insight into how even the smallest lifestyle changes can benefit the environment and how easy it can become to get involved, actively, in fighting for the protection and conservation of it as well. As I have found out personally, once you are engaged in community events with like-minded people, you are far more knowledge on the environmental discussion and it becomes that much easier to engage in conversation about it and help inform those who are skeptical or simply unaware of what is going on in the world around them.
The biggest thing I can say, and I know it probably shows up in many of my posts, is that reducing the use of single-use plastics is the easiest step anyone can take in limiting their environmental impact. Yes, they are convenient and yes, it may be awkward to ask a waiter for a drink without a straw, but it does make a difference. This is an easy transition that will have larger impacts than you think. Additionally, utilize the services that are offered to you. If your city picks up your compostables, make the transition to limiting food waste by throwing them in a compostable bag, as well as throwing your recyclables in a blue bin. This will not only reduce landfill expansion, but both recycling and compost will have future uses down the road, improving the idea of a circular economy.
Getting involved with the environmental discussion can be difficult. If you’re a student, reach out to groups on campus and see which appeal to you most! Groups will never turn people away, especially if you have similar interests. Plus, groups run events and this can be the easiest ‘in’ into getting actively involved in campaigns. If you’re not a student, there are lots of options. A simple google search of organizations you’ve heard of or are passionate about will reveal to you how you can get involved with them. For example, Sea Shepherd, one of my favorite organizations, has had a branch only an hour’s drive from me for years and I never knew. After finding this out, it became much easier for me to get involved. The internet is a valuable resource and can be incredibly useful for finding ways to get involved.
Finally, the education part. People don’t want to have facts shoved down their throats or thrown in their face, especially when it involves how badly we treat the environment. It is important to engage in a conversation about the topic and not a lecture filled with scientific facts. The individual should walk away feeling more knowledgeable and, hopefully, inspired to make a change. As you take steps to change your own lifestyle, it will become easier to recommend ideas on how others can do the same. As you make connections in the community or global groups, you can actively participate in campaigns that will spread the word further than you could have imagined. And finally, when the environment is brought up, you will have the ability to suggest ideas, recommend groups, and ensure that they know the smallest actions can make the largest difference.
Thank you to my love for writing this post! 💕