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Happy Earth Day

posted by Veronique Koch on 22 April 2013

Earth Day is April 22nd of every year and on this day we like to think about how our actions affect our planet. From the moment we wake up, we are using the Earth’s resources in the form of water, energy and the food we eat. It is hard to avoid using the Earth’s resources, but it is best you do so sustainably.

What does it mean to live life sustainably? While not everyone can afford to live off the grid, small actions by large numbers of people can make a big difference.

Here are 4 tips to leading a sustainable life:
1- Take only what you need

We live in a world where excess is a sign of prosperity. Why not limit yourself to what you need at that moment? Small actions like only buying enough food for you to eat rather than unnecessarily super sizing, or large actions like not completely fishing out a spawning aggregation simply because you can, can make a big difference. This goes for the water and electricity in your house, too. Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth. Turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the room. These small actions save energy and money!
2- Use what you take

Waste is another big problem today. In a study conducted last year, it was found that 40% of food in the United States is thrown away. There are so many issues with this problem, from wasted energy to produce that food, wasted nutrition, and a moral waste when we think of others who could have used the food. This is why it is worth taking a second before any purchase or use of energy to ask “Do I really need this now?”
3- Take only what can be taken

This is a big one in sustainability. There is no sense taking from any natural resource if it is limited. This goes for things like seafood from overfished stocks or wood from overharvested trees. These examples have plenty of alternatives, like choosing seafood from the “best choice” or “good alternatives” from Seafood Watch, or buying sustainably farmed wood from companies that care.
4- Give back when you can.

Help make our planet better by doing little acts of kindness towards Mother Earth. Traditionally on Earth Day people plant a tree. Or have a spontaneous beach clean-up to keep trash from going out into the ocean. Every little bit counts.
5- Enjoy what you take.

We only take care of the things that we love, so make sure you take a moment to appreciate the resources given to you. How lucky are we that we get to eat whatever we want at any time, that the lights turn on at the flick of a switch or that clean water flows right out of the faucet on demand? It’s a miracle when you think about it.

This Earth Day, we are doing a VIP test screening of Raising Shrimp! We would love to hear what you’re doing to celebrate Earth Day. Please share your comments below!

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