For a green business like mine, Earth Day is a lot like Christmas. There is no tree or presents. But there are celebrations world-wide focusing on what Earth Day means and why the spirit of Earth Day – much like the spirit of Christmas – should really last all year long.
For me Earth Day is:
1. A celebration of our planet’s natural wonders – on land, in the sea and in the air. People are a part of that. Feeling down? Get outside and feel better. There’s research that shows how powerful that connection is. On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day, just going for a walk in the great outdoors is an easy, healthy way to celebrate.
2. An invitation to use your energy, creativity and sense of purpose – in whatever way fits you best – to be part of the solution to climate change. It’s a complex problem. But with complexity comes the opportunity to do what inspires you.
You’ll find that loving your work makes a HUGE difference in loving your life. Climate change means that we all need to re-invent our lives in greener, more sustainable ways. That gives you the chance to create work you love in the context of building that future.
3. A chance to act. I act by writing about people and companies who are making the sustainable changes we need to see. By spreading that knowledge, I hope educate, inspire and move people to act in similar, sustainable ways.
There are so many ways to help. Do you want to figure out better recycling processes? Create innovative green financing options? Invent new algorithms that use the big data present in climate models? Look around. Talk to people. Find their pain points and match them to your joyful expertise.
Need ideas? Peruse the Green Dream Jobs Board, brought to you by Sustainablebiz.com.
It’s not too late to join in the Earth Day fun. To find an event near you, click here and put in your zip code. Let’s be climate-aware out there!
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