Happy 50th anniversary of Earth Day! As beach residents, we know more than most how precious and valuable our natural resources are. While we hope everyone is being thoughtful and kind to our planet every day, today is an opportunity to highlight how everyday actions can add up to big changes.
Excellent local resource Beaches Go Green has plenty of ways to get involved and recently won Green Nonprofit of 2020, Green Hero of 2020 (honoring founder Anne Marie Moquin), and People’s Choice at the U.S. Green Building Council North Florida Awards.
Join Clean Your 904 for a beach or park clean-up. Their Spring Beach Cleanup in Jax Beach was postponed due to COVID-19 but stay tuned for rescheduling which will hopefully still include pre-cleanup yoga from Big Fish Yoga and an after-party at Mellow Mushroom.
Watch Our Planet on Netflix and enjoy eight episodes of natural beauty while learning about environmental issues.
Take a much-needed virtual vacation to our National Parks with this documentary by Ken Burns on Amazon.
Make Small Changes:
Switch to reusable sandwich bags (seems strange but it works!)
Use cloth napkins instead of paper towels.
Buy thrift clothes using this guide by Ponte Vedra High School senior Scout Snell.
According to Meatless Monday, “Going meatless once a week can reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help limit your carbon footprint and save precious resources like freshwater and fossil fuel.”
Almost any pasta can taste just as good without meat, cauliflower is a good imposter of ground beef and roasted vegetables are a satisfying start to most dinner options. Other recipes include butternut squash lasagne, black bean tacos, coconut curry ramen, and budda bowls.