Today marks the official “Earth Day” which is set forth with the intension to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. In today’s society there are so many options and resources available to us to help preserve and protect Mother Earth for generations to come. Recycling, cutting your dependence on fossil fuels;oil, coal, gas (which nowadays can save TONS of money), and going paperless for billing are just some ways you can help protect our planet. Other more in-depth options include, getting involved in outreach programs that protect wildlife and nature, creating natural wildlife habitats in your own backyard, and partnering with agencies such as the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Geological Survey. No matter how you choose to contribute to the cause, every little bit helps so be sure and do your part.
Here in Hawaii there is a lot of awareness to protect not only Earth as a whole, but also our aina (land), and one of the most recognizable organizations is the The Kokua Hawaii Foundation. The Kokua Hawaii Foundation “supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii and provides students with exciting and interactive encounters that will enhance their appreciation for and understanding of their environment so that they will be lifelong stewards of the earth.” One of the avid supporters of this foundation is none other than the talented Jack Johnson who headlines the Kokua Festival every year which is a benefit concert for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Putting together various artists and sharing tips to protecting Earth combines for a greater means of awareness to the public.
Check out some of the video links below of past visitors to the Kokua Festival and see what they set forth as resolutions to help protect our environment, then after that write down your resolution/resolutions and makes goals to achieve them. Things like commuting to work with others, riding a bicycle, and using your own reusable beverage container are ways you can help. Even washing your car at a local automated car wash rather than at home can help the environment. Bottom line is, there are hundreds of ways to put for an effort and kokua! Earth Day is everyday, not just once a year.
Have a Happy Earth Day…and spread some ALOHA while you’re out there today. Got a great idea to help the planet? Pass it along in the comment section below.
Other Great Links:
Kokua Hawaii Foundation
Maui Brewing Company: Hawaii-Friendly & Earth-Friendly
Big Island’s Mauna Lani Among Earth’s Most Earth-Friendly Resorts
Red Earth Hawaii Clothing