Smell the roses, hug a tree. Properly discard your trash, pick up the random bag fluttering around on the beach. Re-use that plastic container, and that plastic bag, and that other plastic container. Re-use it again, and again, and again. It's not going anywhere. Don't like plastic? Buy a Hydroflask, or any stainless steel water bottle. Re-use it again, and again, and again. It is officially your new expensive, small, colorful and helpful non-human, best friend. Someone at WholeFoods will think you're cool. And never, EVER walk in without a re-usable, recycled bag. You will be shunned.

"Eat more Chikin," said the Chik-Fil-A cows. It's true. Eat more chicken. Even better, eat less meat! Go for that plant based diet. Not only are you eating healthier than before, but you're helping the planet. Drink more water, almond milk is so last year. Think local, act global. Four simple words in one short phrase, but with a whole lot of meaning to it. "Think local, act global," encourages people to consider their personal actions as well as the health of our planet.

Forget whatever Kim or Kendall posted on Instagram. Go camping. Breathe in the smell of pine trees and damp forest soil. Trust me, it's one of the best scents in the world. But before you do that, get a permit to camp. Pick up your plastic baggy with left over peanut butter and jelly inside. Double check, no triple check that everything you went with to your secluded spot is coming back with you home. Leave no trace behind. And ALWAYS respect your open spaces.

Donate some of that birthday or allowance money to non-profits that take real action. Volunteer in a beach clean up. Vote for politicians in support of our planet. Vote for the planet, the people, and all living biota in it. We live in a pretty spectacular place, there really is no place like home. Do your part to keep it that way.

Happy Earth Day.