Microplastics found in humans. Rapidly rising global temperatures. Only 15% of the world’s forests are intact. Only 3% of the world’s oceans are free from the pressures of human extraction. As Earth Day approaches, it’s a time to reflect and refocus our energy on how we as individuals can help stave off what often feels like the inevitable climate crisis freight train heading our way. What if we more regularly prioritize our health, our mind, AND the Earth?
The facts about unplugging are staggering. We know that simply turning off our devices is not enough. The average home has around 20 devices that are left plugged in, which hurts the environment, but can also add up to $200 to our yearly energy bill, according to a Cornell Study. Even our smartphones play a role in the energy crisis! One Fast Company article explains that with an average two-year life cycle, our smartphones are basically disposable. Building a new smartphone represents 85% to 95% of the device’s total CO2 emissions for two years. This means buying one new phone takes as much energy as recharging and operating a smartphone for an entire decade.
How do we take action? First, start by joining us in our “llook for an hour” challenge. Find just one hour on Earth day (Friday, April 22nd, 2022) and spend it in a way that fills you up and gives our planet a breather, too. Maybe it’s 10 minutes of unplugging devices around your home, 30 minutes of outdoor exercise, 5 minutes of meditation and 15 minutes to eat lunch outdoors. However you want to spend your hour is up to you but if we can challenge ourselves to truly unplug, we start a ripple effect - and every drop counts! After you “llook for an hour” perhaps it becomes a weekly or even daily habit. May we suggest you could spend some of your hour reading up on other ways you can help our planet. Together we can, so, will you join us this week and “llook for an hour”? Share your love for our mother(earth) with the hashtag #llookforanhour.