Simple, Realistic and Low Cost Ways You Can Begin Saving the Earth Today

Simple, Realistic and Low Cost Ways You Can Begin Saving the Earth Today


As Earth Day approaches many people might be wondering about simple ways to do their part. Let’s face it; we’re in damage control mode when it comes to the Earth. We have all contributed to its state in some way, and we all should do something to make it better. This doesn’t mean you have to become a hippie and hug trees, although trees are very emotionally grounding, I’m just saying J  Nobody is perfect, not even the ones that seem to be.  How could you be, unless you live in a shack with no running water and electricity, ride a bike and grow your own food? How many people do that?  Some people use towels instead of paper towels, but that means more wasted water washing the towels.   We will still drive cars and use our computers and other tech toys.  However; there are things we can do daily, rather than just one day of the year to basically overcompensate.  Although it would be good to get out and do something fun that gives back to Mother Nature. Here is a list of things you can do for some good nature karma:

Recycle. This has to be one of the easiest for everyone to do.  If your community doesn’t recycle, there are places where you can drop them off. Perhaps you can do this monthly so it doesn’t add the stress of one more thing to do.  You may also have friends that live in communities that recycle that you can drop your items off to.  You can also bring home bottles, cans etc. from your work place if they don’t recycle. MacDill AFB doesn’t recycle. I had to rat them out. I think it’s a disgrace, so much waste.  Anyway, back to the list.

Eat organic.  The more people who eat organic, the more companies using pesticides will realize “Hm if I want to compete and stay in business, then I better at least pretend to give a shit about the Earth and people’s health and get with the program.”  Organic food tends to cost more, but hang in there, this will change over time.

Detoxify your home and office.  Use natural cleaners such as vinegar, peroxide and lemon to clean.  It is more economical, and you don’t have to worry about your pet going into kidney failure if they lick their paws after you mop the floor.  You also don’t have to wear a mask, open a window or wear glasses to keep the toxic chemicals out of your eyes.  It makes cleaning much more enjoyable or tolerable.  Toxins disrupt our endocrine systems, causing all kinds of health problems and even cancer.

Also get rid of plastics that aren’t bpa free.  There are websites that can help you determine what the symbols on the bottom of containers mean.  They all won’t say bpa free but might be.  So check it out.  Consider only using paper goods without chlorine.  Instead of bottled water, get filter systems.  There are water pitchers and other affordable options for the home.  Do your research, as many of the popular brands don’t filter much, certainly not enough.  Then use a bpa free water bottle to drink out of when out and about.

Donate to a green organization. It not only helps that organization/charity help the environment, but it also helps you at tax time.

The most important thing we can all do for the environment and our emotional, physical, mental and spiritual selves is to connect with nature.  Appreciate it as much as you can.  Take a moment to take a deep breath and watch the birds, clouds, dragonflies etc.  Spend time by a body and water.  The more we all do this, the more we will want to do things that are good for the environment.


Dr. Umfer is a licensed clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist in Tampa Florida. She specializes in weight loss and forensic evaluations, such as sex offender risk assessments, psychological evaluations for substance abuse, competency, fitness for duty, immigration etc. She has certifications in fitness and nutrition, clinical hypnotherapy and as a meditation instructor. She identifies herself as a Forensic Evaluator and Weight Liberator and strives to help clients become "Umferized" aka empowered and fulfilled.

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