Earth Day takes place every year on April 22. You’ll probably start noticing it from your social media feeds, or some retail shop doing a promotion because truth be told, it is not yet considered as a major celebration. It also certainly is not a public holiday.

But here we are, talking about it. Because…

 

Earth Day is not merely about such euphoria, taglines, and campaign. It is about us practicing what is good on daily basis, and maybe teach our children about it. It is a day to remind us that the main goal is so that we will find ways to  turn this into a lifestyle, for the sake of our future.

Many people extend the celebration to make it Earth Week, usually running from April 16th to Earth Day, April 22nd. The extended time allows us to spend more time learning about the environment and the problems we are facing.

 

Earth Day promotes respect for and the conservation of, our planet, its atmosphere, and all of its living creatures. Yes, that means us human beings, and also includes animals, the ocean, the forest, and the very soil we all stand upon.

Everyone has received the memo about how plastic is polluting our planet, that you shouldn’t litter, and how you should switch the lights off when you leave a room. But there are many other small changes that will benefit the environment. The above is simply not enough.

Try the simple acts of installing energy-efficient light bulbs, or recycle, or change your diet to vegan or organic food only, or exercise, because a healthier human being creates a healthier environment. Green fingered or not, you can plant a small tree on your land, talk with your friends about climate change, and explore ways of reducing your daily personal pollution. And as the local Bali government has now banned plastic bags , let’s obey the law and practice what we preach.

This is also a good month to travel off the beaten tracks of Bali, visit traditional villages, or if you want to take it to a new level, pick a charity that you want to support, for the long-term.

If we are still talking about it, it means we still have a chance to make a big difference.