Easy daily habits to save our planet in honor of Earth Day

If you shortened your shower by a single minute, you can save 60 gallons of water per month

Earth Day 2022 (KPRC 2/Canva)

ORLANDO, FLA. – Earth Day is April 22nd and over a billion people take part in Earth Day activities every year. However, there are steps you can incorporate into your everyday routine that can contribute to safeguarding our planet.

The facts are frightening! Scientists have found more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than ever before. Two-thirds of extreme weather events in the last 20 years were influenced by humans. The living planet reports wildlife populations have dropped by 60% in just 40 years. But what can we do to stop it?

Did you know every minute in the shower, you are using two gallons of water?

But if you shorten your shower by a single minute, you can save 60 gallons of water per month.

According to the EPA, passenger vehicles account for more than half of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions produced. If walking or biking to work is not an option, try planting a tree. Experts say planting a tree won’t completely offset the carbon emissions humans produce, but it can certainly set roots to getting cleaner air.

Have you heard of plogging? It’s the term used for picking up litter while jogging. Not only will you be helping keep the environment clean, but you can also get fit while doing so.

Meat production is another major contributor to greenhouse gases, but if you switch to one vegetarian meal just one day a week, you will save 133 gallons of water per meal. If everyone in the world participated in Meatless Mondays, it’s equivalent to taking 240 million cars off the road every year.

About the Authors:

You can see Jenna weekday mornings at the anchor desk on WSLS 10 Today from 5-7 a.m. She also leads our monthly Solutionaries Series, where we highlight the creative thinkers and doers working to make the world a better place.