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What Will You Do to Make a Difference on Earth Day?

This dad and his son chose to help clean up the beach on Earth Day.

For as long as we can remember, the Earth has provided us with everything we could possibly need for both our survival and our happiness, and for the most part, we have not responded with adequate reciprocity. Humanity has a long and tumultuous history of abusing our planet in the name of arbitrary profit, and so the Earth has suffered – gradually warming and degrading over the years. That said, April 22 – Earth Day is an opportunity for us to give back and to demonstrate our appreciation for this wonderful planet. It reminds us of the work that needs to be done in order to reverse the damage that has been done to the Earth, and encourages people to reflect on their relationships with the environment that surrounds them.

This year is the country’s 54th official Earth Day, and as global warming intensifies, the holiday only becomes more and more vital each year. In honor of Earth Day, take some time to reflect on the ways that you can limit your environmental impact. One way you can do this is by calculating your carbon footprint – that is, the total amount of greenhouse gases that you emit in your everyday life.

Many resources exist online to help facilitate your calculations, and by identifying the ways in which you contribute to climate change, you might discover ways that you can begin to lower your personal impact.

Another great way to celebrate Earth Day is to take an active role in helping out the planet, whether that’s by picking up trash in your community, planting trees, or educating yourself about more environmentally conscious ways to live your life. Consider volunteering at a local garden or participating in a beach cleanup – the planet will thank you.

By keeping our planet clean and healthy, we can ensure that it is hospitable for the generations to come, and help to protect the people and animals that are already being impacted by climate change. This Earth Day, we hope you will play a part in facilitating that change!

By Gigi Appelbaum-Schwartz

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21 hours ago

Excellent article by Gigi Appelbaum.

To make a difference article by Ms. Appelbaum, I would like Gigi Appelbaum to post specific ways/organizations in Santa Monica to contact for a volunteer position.

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