If you've ever breathed in the majesty of a mountain, felt like a speck in the great beyond while staring up at a Redwood, or at least watched an episode of Planet Earth, you know firsthand that Earth is a pretty cool place. Don't contribute to its ruin. Unfortunately there are some common morning habits that are ruining the environment, one tap of running water at a time — and considering Earth Day is on Apr. 22, it's important we all consider these bad habits and work to change them so we can keep Earth a safe, beautiful place for generations to come. Don't worry, this isn't the mother of Mother Earth guilt trips. This is simply a friendly reminder that there are ways to adapt your morning routine to being more eco-savvy.
If you're wondering why it's still winter in April in many states across the U.S., that's because of global warming. Temperatures are rising in the summers, dropping in the winters, and unpredictable, strong storms are becoming more and more common around the world. Because of this, large parts of New York City could be underwater by 2100, according to some scientists — and that's if the sea levels rise a mere six feet! According to NASA's Global Climate Change, sea levels have "rose about eight inches in the last century. The rate in the last two decades, however, is nearly double that of the last century." Pause to inhale.
Now exhale and know that you can slow this process by tweaking your regular morning habits. Do it for the polar bears, for the sea turtles, for literally everyone and everything sharing Earth. Impact can be as simple as turning off the running water as you brush your teeth. Adopting sustainable and green methods at home can make a difference. Wake up on the right side of the bed and planet.