Happy EarthDay! Every year, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Authors creating bestselling books aren’t necessarily the best for the environment… so today I’m sharing some more environmentally friendly thoughts. Earth Day started with grassroots organizations, environmentally conscious companies, and even the government. Everyone works together in a worldwide campaign to protect the environment.
Earth day’s mission is to make us aware of our responsibilities towards our mother earth. It’s about taking less from the earth, and giving back more. Due to overconsumption, we have been taking as much as we can from the earth. We’re extracting as much as we can. At the current rate, mother earth will run out of supplies sooner or later. There’s only so much fossil fuels and mineral we can extract from the earth. The planet we live on is our greatest friend, but we humans behave as if we own the place. We need to learn to become respectful guests and treat our host with care. The earth supports us in many different ways. It gives us the atmosphere to breathe, the water to drink, and food to eat. It gives us thousands of varieties of plants and it gives us the place to make our home. And it gives us an amazing environment to explore through travel.
Humans are selfish. We take as much as we can, and still want more. We take care of ourselves, our family and our friends, but fail to care for the earth. Even when traveling, we are not happy observing the wonders of nature. Wherever I go, I see tourists pick up natural resources and take them home. Rocks, sand, seashells, you name it. In most countries it’s forbidden to export these things. In Canada, it’s definitely not allowed to bring them in when you return home.
When booking travel, many airlines now allow you to offset your carbon footprint. It’ll show up as you book your ticket, even when you book free airfare like I do. Here’s a post with additional tips to help the environment when you travel.
While I wasn’t a big fan of ebooks originally, I created several just for Earth Day. Even though we do our best to minimize our impact, as an author I use a lot of paper in creating and selling books. While I still love the feel and smell of a print book more than “flipping” through a book on my iPad, ebooks are amazing in many ways. For starters, they’re easy to ship: you can download them, instantly. Here’s a quick list of the ebooks I’ve created so far:
Of course, my Freedom Project books are available as ebooks as well. You can get them anywhere in the world on your Amazon Kindle, within seconds.