People of the planet, Earth Day is upon us! It’s a designated day of the year to show some love to Mother Nature. With that being said, you know what pisses me off more than anything? When someone tosses garbage out of their car window while driving. How big of an asshole can you be to stuff your face with fast food then shove the containers back in the bag it came in, roll down your window and throw your trash into the street. The minute someone litters, they are officially a giant asshole. It’s like, “Good call, throw that shit out of your window. I’d hate for the inside of your car to be less tidy, who cares about where everyone else lives.” I once was driving behind someone that did that and I wanted nothing more than to ram my tiny, orange car directly into their vehicle. Another example: last year, Memorial Day. Chicago’s beaches made headlines that holiday weekend. Not because of how beautiful our lake front is, but because locals chose to celebrate with a day at the beach and evidently a beach to some humans is also a GD trash can. Our beaches were a disaster and the people of Chicago looked like a bunch of a-holes. There was trash everywhere with literally no sand in sight. How lazy can you possibly be that you cannot throw away your own rubbish? It literally makes my head want to pop off. So does the one time our Lyft driver in Park City went on some bizarre tirade about how narcissistic it is to think that humans can possibly have a negative impact on our environment and the animals. Seriously, dude? The truth of the matter is, not everyone gives a shit, I get it. But if you’re cool and if you’re reading this, I’d say you’re pretty freaking cool, cool people care about the earth. Thankfully, a very cool man by the name of Senator Gaylord Nelson knew our planet was in need of some serious TLC so back in 1970 he declared April 22nd, Earth Day. This Saturday will mark the 47th year that humans around the globe will celebrate mother nature and raise awareness for environmental protection. Nearly twenty million people participated in the very first Earth Day. It is estimated that nearly one billion earth advocates world wide will celebrate in just a few days. Now how cool is that? Want to be one of those billion people? It’s easy.
You may be asking themselves, how does one celebrate Earth Day? There’s a plethora of ways to do this. Here are some ideas:
Go to the March for Science. If I wasn’t in New York on Earth Day this year for my friend Laura’s wedding, I’d 100% be at the March for Science here in Chicago. I went to the March for Women and it was very awesome. These marches are peaceful, informative, artistic and fun. No one is looting or rioting – that’s all a bunch of malarkey. If you have ever wanted to feel the energy of a mass of people gathering peacefully in an effort to make a positive change, you want to be there. Go be a part of history making for a good cause…spreading awareness to save Mother Earth. I just may find myself at the march in NYC before my friends say “I do”. Here’s more information for Chicago’s march.
Go for a walk and get your sexy ass outside. Ditch your ride and get out in nature. Pack a picnic, Frisbee or a book. Throw down a blanket and chill. Light a joint and hug a tree. Meditate. The great outdoors is the perfect spot to get your breathing on. Trust me and try it. Plus, it’s a dang fact that spending time outdoors can help put you in a good mood. Nature has a way of helping humans feel more grounded, have more emotional stability, empathy and love.
Donate or volunteer. Are you an animal lover? Do you use your park district? Put your time in or give some of your hard earned money to a good cause. Volunteering and donating also helps the human heart and mind. Think about what aspects of the environment you are passionate about and go take part in it.
Pick up garbage. Fast food wrappers, cigarette butts and aluminum cans are the most common items found while cleaning up litter. As residents of this planet, sometimes we need to pick up after the people that don’t give a shit. Check with your neighborhood and local park district to see when and where their group garbage pick ups will be held. Or plan your own pick up. Grab some friends, trash bags, rubber gloves and the kids. Show them early on how not to be assholes.
Garden! Grow yourself some herbs, flowers, or veggies. If you don’t have the space in a yard, a flower box or planter will get the job done. I worship gardening. There is something so joyous and fulfilling about watching a tiny plant blossom into something you can actually use and consume. Lavender is one of my favorite things to grow. Here are some gardening must haves.
Support your local farmers. Go to your nearest co-op grocery store or farmer’s market. Support the people who work their behinds off to grow seasonal produce. Grab some goodies, a few cold beers and make a delicious meal. If the weather is pleasant, enjoy it outside. Eating seasonal is healthier anyways, cheers to that!
Stock up on some reusables. I get it, you’re on the go and parched, so you buy a bottle of water. We’ve all been there. But there is actually no point in buying water bottles on the regular. A. It’s waste of money and bad for you. B. It’s bad for the planet and our animals. Did you know enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the planet four times? The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is located in the pacific off the coast of California, is a floating mass of plastic twice the size of Texas. It kills up to one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals a year. Ugh, we are assholes. It’s time to invest in a glass water bottle, people. And shopping totes. Chicago now charges for bags. Save some money and the environment. Two birds, one stone.
Indeed Earth Day is a great way to celebrate our planet, there is no doubt. But perhaps this year, see if there are some changes you can make to your everyday lifestyle to celebrate the earth daily. When done so in masses, sometimes the smallest efforts make the biggest changes. This year I totally need to always have my shopping totes with me. It’s a must. More biking, CTA and walking. Lastly, I will work on not wanting to ram my car into fellow Chicagoans as they litter. I literally need to work on that. How will you celebrate Earth Day this year?
Peace and love, TSPeeps!
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