I don’t think anyone would deny that it’s important to take care of our planet. After all, it’s not like we have a whole lot of other options if we irrevocably poison this one. According to astronomers, the closest planet that might be habitable is 25 trillion miles away, and it would take more than 100 years to get there. Personally, I find it easier to reduce my power usage and use my own shopping bags than organize a trip outside of our solar system and a massive terraforming project.
Recycling, sustainable power generation, not cutting down every single tree we stumble across… these are just a few of the things we can do to keep the ecosphere in balance and ensure that future generations don’t have to live underground, evolve gills, or swap all of their internal organs for one huge liver. April 22 is Earth Day, and we have some great mugs to help celebrate it!
1. Don’t be stumped
The United States is pretty good about tree conservation. It’s estimated that we still have about 85% of the old-growth forests that were here at colonization. The area we need to keep an eye on is the equatorial rain forests, which are so much more important to the planet as a whole.
2. 7 Billion “Yous”
None of us is as strong as all of us. Yes, you’re only one person, but if you convince two people to change, and they convince two people, and they convince two people….
3. Take a deep breath (while you can)
It’s easy to get frustrated and cynical over the lack of immediate change, but remember that London no longer has its famous fogs (caused by burning coal), the hole in the ozone layer has mostly disappeared, and hundreds of rivers all over the world that were once too polluted to sustain life are now clean again. The Earth can repair itself if we give it the chance. Faster if we help.
4. “Next Door” is relative
It would take generations to find, travel to, explore, and transform any other suitable planet before we could expand to another world. We’d still have to find a way to survive on this one over those same generations. Would you rather take a nice relaxing ride, where everything has been planned in leisure, or a last-minute race just seconds ahead of a catastrophe?
5. A marathon, not a sprint
The annual celebration is just a reminder. It takes dedicated changes in everyday habits over a long period of time before any significant progress can be made. Look online for suggestions as to how you can make a difference.
These are just a few of the Earth Day mugs we have available. And if you’d like to commemorate your group’s efforts, or present awards to local leaders for their contributions, we can customize a mug just for you!