In times of crisis — no matter how large or small — the Internet frequently shares Mr. Rogers’ classic words of advice for children: When he would see scary or unsettling things about the news, his mother would tell him to”look for the helpers.”
In 1986, the late television celebrity first explained in a newspaper column he’d do this as a child once the world seemed particularly overwhelming or frightening — while encouraging young people to do the same.
And since the world comes together — by staying apart — in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus outbreak, there are loads of scary moments on the news; however, the great thing is that we have the opportunity right now to be the helpers — particularly for the kids, some of whom you may be dwelling with right now, by setting an example for them (during quarantine and outside).
When Earth Day was celebrated throughout the nation on April 22, 1970, it was all about getting out and coming together to fight for the planet. This year, Earth Day will seem somewhat different — but only because you can not come together or get outdoors does not mean you can not do your part as well as a helper for the entire world this Earth Day.
Continue to Shop Local
Shopping neighborhood is among the very best and easiest ways that you can flex your environmental muscle without making any substantial sacrifice on your end. We already know that locally grown food is usually gentler in the world — not only does this avoid the extra emissions that have transporting our food source, but it is also a simple way to support your regional market, which is probably hurting in the aftermath of the outbreak.
With some many farmers already struggling to pay workers and offload their plants that would usually visit now-shuttered restaurants, many have chosen to sell their crops directly to customers to help weather the storm is COVID-19.
If you are not you to cook your own food, think about shopping locally by encouraging a restaurant in your community — if they get their supply from a local from local farms. Supporting these regional businesses which are struggling to market their distribution also helps reduce the amount of food waste.
Eat Entirely Plant-Based At Least Once a Week
The facts are incontrovertible in regards to creature agricultures’ effect on emissions; based on research by Joseph Poore from Oxford University, avoiding milk and meat is most likely the single best thing a person can do to make a difference for our world.
This is the fundamental doctrine of Meatless Monday: By preventing meat only once a week, you are making a significant effect on not just your health, but also the health of the planet. Whether you are ordering in from neighborhood restaurants, or getting creative in your kitchen with plant-based ingredients, serving more vegan meals is a means to lead by example for the younger generations in your house (remember, they are the ones who will need to take care of our climate daily).
Host or Organize a Neighborhood Cleanup
One activity which can be done alone — or, at least, with a good six feet between individuals — is a neighborhood cleanup; even though public areas like parks and beaches are closed in certain communities, other areas are still open and may probably use the cleanup efforts. (And of course, the regions outside shops and grocery stores have just seen more clutter in the aftermath of the pandemic.)
Of course, with a rise of people health-related litter — like gloves and masks — it is essential to be extra precautious once you’re cleaning up to ensure that you’re protecting your own health.