What Are You Doing for Earth Day?
Jay Evan Schoenfeldt | April 20th, 2021
As a child of the ’70s, I’m proud to say the first Earth Day was at the start of my "Flower Power" decade. Growing up I can clearly remember learning about the significance of recycling thanks to Earth Day. I’m revived by nature and the outdoors. On April 22nd, I say thank you to Mother Nature for giving us sunshine, green plants, ocean waters, forested mountains, clear skies, and a beautiful planet to call home.
Think Globally, Act Locally
It is our job as stewards to look after this planet. Small changes multiplied by many people equal a big impact. Can we reuse our shopping bags or water bottles? Could we drive less and walk more? What is one small change you can implement into your weekly routine?
I can definitely be more mindful to turn off the lights when I leave a room. One larger change I can make is to explore hybrid and electric vehicles to reduce my carbon footprint since I’m currently in the market for a new car. I love learning how technology can guide us toward a cleaner environment if we make that a priority.
Mindful at Home
A Passive Home is a building standard that is truly energy-efficient, comfortable, affordable, and ecological at the same time. A Passive House is not a brand name, but a construction concept that can be applied by anyone and that has stood the test of practice. Check out Los Angeles’ first Passive House here. I’m happy to arrange a showing if you’d like.
Energy Efficient Incentives
Los Angeles DWP’s guide to efficient products for your home. LADWP has many rebate/discount programs when homeowners perform energy-efficient upgrades. Unfortunately due to COVID, many of their programs are on hold or restricted, but I expect they will return when the pandemic eases.
Curious about Renewable Energy?
Experience a self-driving windmill tour next time you are in Palm Springs.
The First Earth Day on April 22, 1970, was born out of an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution after a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969.
Today Earth Day engages more than 1 billion people every year. It has been responsible for worldwide recycling efforts and has paved the way for the:
- Environmental Protection Agency
- National Environmental Education Act
- Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Clean Air Act
- Clean Water Act
- Endangered Species Act
- Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
- U.N. Earth Summit
Visit EarthDay.org for more.
To a Happy Planet,