Today is Earth Day, but the idea of living an environmentally-conscious lifestyle doesn’t have to begin and end with what you do today. Even though the media loves Earth Day, today shouldn't be the only day we think about the environmental impacts of what we do both professionally and personally.
Colin Beavan, aka "No Impact Man," sets a good example – and provides good resources – for all of us. For those of you familiar with Beavan's documentary No Impact Man, you know about his attempts cut down his family’s environmental footprint to as close to zero as possible (and if you’re not familiar with the film, you can easily get up to speed: watch the trailer or watch it on Netflix instant streaming). In the film, you see Beavan run through a broad spectrum of environmental experiments from composting to installing solar panels on his roof and everything in between.
The idea of living an environmentally-conscious lifestyle doesn’t have to begin and end with Earth Day. Beavan has lots of ideas for doing this year-round on his frequently-updated No Impact Project site, where you can find a list of iPhone apps that can help you form ‘no impact’ habits (including recycling, carpooling and organic shopping). You can also sign up to receive a “how-to manual” that will send you ideas on how to get through the week by being green, along with other great tips.
Even if you don’t necessarily consider yourself an environmental activist or a green consumer – or if you think Beavan might be missing a few screws – everyone can incorporate something greener into their daily lives. Beavan’s tips can help us not only tread more lightly on the earth but also be happier, healthier and more connected to our families and communities. Who wouldn’t want that?
Happy Earth Day everyone!