Merry Christmas, if that’s your thing. Your DGB for today is to go outside and pick up some trash. This is a holiday tradition for us, dating back to 2016, and an opportunity to include the whole family in environmental stewardship.
You know what makes a great passive-aggressive holiday gift for your conservative relatives? A donation in their name to an irrefutably tree-huggy environmental cause!
Your DGB for today is to donate to Rainforest Trust, which is celebrating 30 years of conservation work. Bonus points if you donate in the name of a Climate Change denier.
Your DGB for today is to check out the online ecological impact tracker, Ducky.
It’s been a long spring and summer (winter..fall...previous summer…previous spring...) here in the United States so if you need a mental break from the downfall of the Republic, maybe turn your attention to something less depressing, like climate change! Whether you are a noob whose efforts up to this point end at rinsing out the peanut butter jar before recycling it or an old granola-cruncher with a closet full of family cloth, there is something in the Ducky toolkit to help you decrease your environmental impact.
Start online by entering your footprint: https://footprint.ducky.eco/en/
Registering an account allows you to record your consumption habits and help yourself manage your footprint down to the smallest detail. It’s also totally free so it won’t impact your wallet. Ducky can also help you organize a workplace or classroom challenge so you can recruit others to Mother Earth’s hippie army.
Grab quack-er... we mean BACK and go to Ducky!
Your DGB for today is to read this passionate piece on the importance of birds to the world, to humanity, and take steps to protect these animals in your immediate vicinity.
As promised, the Trump administration is turning out to be the most viciously anti-environment, anti-natural world administration in US history. But even before Trump was denying climate change, doing away with environmental regulations, and otherwise running roughshod over the planet, birds have been in trouble. Pesticide use, air and water pollution, habitat destruction, aforementioned climate change, and even the humble house cat have affected bird populations.
Being an environmental voter is great, but you can actually have a big impact in very immediate ways:
Keep your cats indoors, or, put a bell on ‘em to warn birds they’re coming. Felis catus is responsible for an eye-popping 2.4 billion-with-a-b bird deaths a year just in the United States.
Stop using pesticides on your garden, or find ones that are less harmful to birds. Avoid neonicotinoids, especially, as they are deadly to both birds and pollinators.
We know it’s kind of early to be mentioning it, when you’re done with your Christmas tree (should you celebrate), leave it in your yard as a habitat for birds instead of putting it on the curb. Same for brush piles. Your feathered friends will thank you.
We know these days it seems like so much is out of our control. These small steps are doable and have real, tangible results right in your backyard. Do it for your mental health, if nothing else. Hope is a thing with feathers.
Your DGB for today is to learn about, or participate in, the themes spotlighted for this year’s Earth Day.
The themes this year center around environmental and climate literacy. What does that mean? Through education we can learn how to make decisions that positively impact the environment and our relationship to the earth. The Earth Day Campaign Network has made a commitment to ensure that no student graduates high school without being environment and climate literate; ready to enact positive change in order to preserve our world.
In addition to increasing literacy, several campaigns are launching around the globe to protect forests, register new voters, make greener cities, protect endangered species, and address climate change. Support, donate, or educate yourself about these initiatives here.
The most publicized and visible activity this year is, of course, the March for Science. Get out and show your support by finding a march near you. Many events are offering a teach-in component at the beginning of the program in support of the theme of environmental and climate literacy.
A favorite saying of ours at DGB is “There is no planet B.” So, do your duty as a global citizen and bring your A game.
Your DGB for today is to arm yourself with the basic facts of climate change.
Yes, climate change is real. Yes, humans caused it. Yes, most of us accept scientific consensus. But, we’ve all been in that conversation. The one about the weather that turns into a mention of climate change, which leads to a denier starting in on global warming being a hoax or it being part of a natural cycle or something. Despite wanting to refute, you don’t have a ton of talking points aside from “science. It’s a thing.” Well, DGB has rounded up a great source that’s easy to read, understand, and explain. It’s handily categorized by Stages of Denial, Scientific Topics, Types of Argument, and Levels of Sophistication. Peruse this today, and bookmark for your next conversation with your father-in-law.
You may not change the mind of a true denier or peddler of alternative facts, but you might plant the seeds in those around you.