Here at Badger, we are a mission-based business and we strive to make a difference in the world. We know that change does not happen overnight. It comes one step at a time. On Earth Day, we Badgers like to choose one activity that we know will make a difference in our local environment; it’s one small step we can all take toward making a better world. This week, you’ll see Badgers cleaning up a section of Rt. 10 in Gilsum, NH as well as helping out several local non-profits.
If you’re wondering how you too can get involved, then read on to discover some simple steps you can take to make a difference on this 45th anniversary of Earth Day!
Pick up trash in your neighborhood
Litter seems to have that nasty habit of showing up where it is least desired. Not only is it an eyesore, litter can also be detrimental to the lives of many marine creatures. About 18% of all littered items end up in streams and waterways as pollution. Fortunately, we all can easily do something about this. Picking up trash near where we live and work is an excellent chance to give back to our communities, spend some time outdoors, and it doesn’t have to take too much time! For example, you could spend your next 15-minute work break picking up trash in your area. Or, you could challenge yourself to pick up 5 pieces of trash every time you go outside. Want to make an event of it? Keep America Beautiful has a long list of how you, your family, and even your business can work together to eliminate litter. Every little bit helps!
Create an organic herb garden
Most herbs need only a little bit of sunlight and a little bit of water. Find a sunny patch in your garden or, if you are without green space, a windowsill in your home will work just fine. Water a little each day and watch as your herbs become a vibrant addition to your garden as well as a staple in your diet. Check here for suggestions on Easy-to-Grow Herbs for outside gardening as well as The 10 Best Indoor Herbs.
We love growing herbs, flowers, and veggies in our Badger garden to not only enhance our wonderful organic lunches, but also because having a garden helps to save important pollinators, like honeybees. Bees pollinate up to 80% of our flowering crops, which accounts for about one-third of everything we eat. By planting just one organic herb, flower, or vegetable, we are creating more food for the bees and thus a thriving and healthier environment for everyone, including us humans. So pick out your all-time favorite herb, plant it in your garden, and once full grown, bon appetite!
Eat less meat
No, we are not advising that you stop eating meat entirely (I LOVE eating chicken wings). Instead, we are encouraging more mindful eating of meat, particularly noticing where it comes from – go local! With the extreme drought in California, we are learning that it takes almost 1,700 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef. Instead of being bummed about eating less hamburgers, we at Badger see this as a great opportunity to learn new ways of eating delicious food! You’ll only occasionally find meat served at our lunches, but we are happily fed delicious meals every day. Try it out slow by going one day a week without meat, such as a Meatless Monday. Here are a few delicious suggestions to get you started. Not only is being mindful of the meat we consume healthy for our bodies, it is also helpful for our environment. Who knew that we could make such a big difference with just the food we choose to put on our plates?
Purchase a tree in honor of a loved one
This is a great option for those who have little to no extra time but still want to make a difference and celebrate Earth Day. As Climate Change becomes more evident across the globe, forests are seeing more and more abnormally large fires. These devastated forests can lead to soil erosion and thus the elimination of entire ecosystems. The Arbor Day Foundation has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service (along with many others) to help this issue by replanting our National Forests. You can be a part of this effort by simply choosing someone you would like to celebrate. Every dollar donated plants a tree in one of our nation’s forests!
I am reminded time and time again of simple habits (such as the ones above) that we can easily adapt and add up to make a huge impact on this Earth!
Happy Earth Day!
What simple changes will you make this Earth Day? How will you give back to your community and make sure that our Earth is a healthier place? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!