Every day is a day on Earth, but today is Earth Day. It’s not the most celebrated or cared about of holidays. Many people don’t miss a step in their daily routine to take note or do anything in celebration of our home planet. I remember in elementary school that we at least celebrated Earth Day by planting a small tree along the perimeter of the school yard that was protected by an old tire. I’m sure that tree is quite big and strong after all these years. It’s a good example of showing that things you do in the present can affect the future. There’s a saying by someone that goes something like, “You’re only sitting in shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” I’d like to go and see what the tree we planted looks like now, but I don’t know if I’d be able to tell which one it is. There are many businesses that try to do something green on Earth Day, like donations, drives, and awareness campaigns, though many lately just seem to be giving deals and discounts.
Earth deserves a day. I mean we wouldn’t all be here without it so we had better appreciate and take care of it for ourselves and future generations. The best way to do that is to actually consider your environmental impact every day. Make sure you turn off the lights when you leave a room. Turn down the heat or air conditioning a bit. Try to buy things that use less packaging. Don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth. There are tons of ways to do little things that help preserve Earth and we know most of them. We just need to remember to do them.
DDA considers the environment in its business practices. Our 4-day work week saves on carbon emissions from cars with less trips needed along with lower heating and cooling needs. We have environmentally-friendly cleaning products in the kitchen. Our emails about website design, custom programming, videography, and whatever else have reminders to think if you really need a hard copy before printing it out to encourage less paper use. We added insulation to the new building to lessen heating and cooling needs as well. Every little bit helps and a lot of little bits add up to big bits that keep our planet cleaner and healthier for all.