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It’s Earth Day – Be An Earthiest

Happy 46th Earth Day!

For the last few years I’ve written posts just showing beautiful sites in the U.S., but on this Earth Day I decided to do something a little different. Earth Day was actually created here in the U.S. in 1970 by a Senator and even 46 years ago they had a massive turn out of 20 million people (then, it was protesting the effects of the industrial revolution on the environment) but since then it has become a world-wide holiday and celebration of the earth. People have since organized major clean-ups, people have planted trees & other endangered plants and even Disney got involved releasing a movie on Earth Day about animal migrations.

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Last Earth Day, Stacey and I were on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand and we saw a big group of backpackers gathered picking up trash to celebrate and I had this epiphany that next year posting about the beautiful sites in the world wasn’t going to cut it. I needed to be talking about what this big, beautiful planet means to me.

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Yes, there are a million incredibly stunning places all over the earth, but as the humans inhabiting this earth, I feel like we have a responsibility to take care of it. This isn’t going to be some massive environmental rant telling you to sell your car or anything. I just hope that people are doing even the smallest of things to be better to earth like recycling, helping clean up their favorite hiking spots or even walking / biking when you’re going somewhere nearby or have the ability.

Today, Matt and I got up early and the very first thing we did was head down to our little park down the street from us to pick up trash. It wasn’t anything major like washing oil off ducks or anything, but it helps the environment & it made our trails look a little bit nicer. It was just something small and simple and took up about an hour of our time before we went to work today.

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So, today on Earth Day I challenge you guys to do something small to help out and celebrate this beautiful planet we live on. Be, as Edward Abbey called it, “an Earthiest. Be true to the Earth.” If you get outside and celebrate be sure to comment below and tell me how! I would love to be inspired by all of you!

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