Gallery: 6 Earth Day Activities That Will Actually Make a Difference

 

BUY NOTHING


Each year on April 22nd our inbox is flooded with a deluge of marketing pitches touting Earth Day-branded junk - from "eco-shaped" bottled water to suspicious sales incentives (carbon-neutral shipping!), to the ubiquitous tote bags, t-shirts, and canteens. These pitches are so geared towards driving sales and pushing products that they ignore one of the most fundamental tenets of sustainability: the best way to preserve the world's resources and ensure a sustainable planet for future generations is to consume less and stop buying so much crap.

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  1. arose May 12, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Use a highly effective contraceptive method.

    Having a child is one of the most environmentally costly things most people do. (e.g. over a lifetime a child in US generates thousands of tons of garbage, greenhouse gases, uses a lot of energy, water, etc.) But almost half of the pregnancies in the US are unintended (people start that whole process without meaning to). Most of the unintended pregnancies are caused by people not using contraception, or using it inconsistently. A smaller fraction are from instances where the method failed. (e.g. using less effective methods).

    Highly effective methods, like IUD, implant, vasectomy reduce chances of unintentionally creating another consumer of earths resources, and they save money too.

  2. monicaca April 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Happy Earth Day – Behold the Plastiki! David de Rothschild sails from San Francisco to Sydney in boat made of plastic bottles: http://f4a.tv/eUqAMC

  3. cliffchampion April 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    fantastic post. all of these are great suggestions!

  4. treefitty April 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    My three-prong resolution for the next 365 days goes as follows:
    1) Only buy second-hand clothing (excluding socks & underwear, because that’s just gross, but I’ll make sure those are as Earth-friendly as possible).
    2) Learn how to make my own solar panel AND actually make one.
    3) Learn more about biomimicry, and then look for ways in which our technological addictions can start to adopt the principles of biomimicry.

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