Take Action this Earth Month

Dani Fischer, Editor

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April is Earth Month, with Earth Day observed on April 22. The goal of this month is to give back to the planet and raise environmental awareness. There are numerous ways to get involved across the month of April.

You can raise awareness of the consequences of your actions and take the Ecological Footprint Quiz at http://www.myfootprint.org/ . This quiz by Center For Sustainable Economy will measure your specific demands on nature. Your footprint is broken down into four consumption categories: carbon, food, housing, and goods and services. By answering these 27 questions, your awareness of your impact will be raised. Taking this quiz will help you think before future actions, and lower your ecological footprint. It suggests more environmentally friendly actions in the categories you lack awareness.

Another way to help out the environment during Earth Month is participating in Earth Hour. Organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature, Earth Hour functions to speak up for nature and inspire urgent action for the environment. On March 30th, starting at 8:30 PM, participants turn off their lights for an hour to inspire urgent action for the environment. If you missed earth hour this year, it occurs annually and functions as a good way to kick off Earth Month.

You can give back to nature through your purchases this Earth Month. Sephora’s Beauty Insider program offers eco-minded “rewards” across the month of April. Instead of using your points towards makeup products, they can be used towards planting trees, ocean cleanup projects, and other various donations to environmental organizations.

Locally, you can attend Houston’s Earth day celebration. Earth Day Houston is on Sunday, April 14, at Discovery Green. The admission is free. This day is designed to educate, inspire, and encourage action. This event contains displays, exhibits, and booths that focus on topics such as alternative energy and recycling. The event will also feature a farmers market. From speeches by environmentalists to activities for kids, this day will raise Houston’s awareness.

Throughout Earth Month, you can participate in various volunteer activities, one of those being the Urban Harvest workday. On Saturday April 22, neighborhood garden sponsor Urban Harvest is hosting a city-wide workday at various gardens. You can sign up at http://urbanharvest.org/earth-day-workday-2017;jsessionid=7B55DC6202DE61451604208B0FC4F846 and choose which garden you’d prefer to work at. Volunteers will work in adding mulch to planting flower beds to planting trees.

If you are simply too busy to participate in any of these specific events, consider being more cautious in your everyday actions. Consider turning off the light when you leave the room, recycling, carpooling, and preventing food waste. If everyone does something, a difference can be made for the better of our planet.