Earth Day is a day that’s overlooked. That’s pretty unfortunate considering we only have one planet. After all, you can’t play lacrosse without it!
We’ve made a lot of progress over the years economically, socially, and politically, but our environmental progress has a long way to go to catch up. We’ve experienced a huge population boom in the past decades and it’s been taking a toll on the planet.
We at Lax World realize the importance of having a planet that’s sustainable for not only us, but for future generations. That’s why we dedicated the entire Earth Day weekend towards donating a portion of sales to the “Plant A Billion” project by the Nature Conservancy. This project is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and planting forests worldwide in locations as diverse as the United States, China, and South America.
Any purchase you made during that time helped to plant a tree in a different region of the world. Not only were you stocking up on great lacrosse gear, you were helping a great cause as well!
We know that we’re up against a huge task here. We’ve got a ton of different issues we’re facing – from climate change, to deforestation, to fossil fuel depletion. It took a lot of years to do damage to our planet and it will take a lot of years to repair it as well. It can be daunting – but you can do your part.
Here’s some ways a lacrosse player can help the planet out in his or her own way.
- Give away old lacrosse equipment – A good way to get rid of old lax sticks, shafts, and heads is to just give it away. These sticks can be great for a rising player or someone who needs a new piece of gear to add to their arsenal. A used piece of equipment is better in the bag of a player than in a landfill.
- Carpool to games and practices – This not only saves on gas but it also cuts down on the amount of emissions in the environment. This has been a common practice for years but it may become an even more common now in the coming years.
- Donate to an environmental agency or volunteer – This is more of a personal choice. Another good way to help out the environment is to donate to an environmental agency or to even volunteer for one. There’s tons of volunteer opportunities in your own community. Search the organization you’d like to volunteer for and type in “volunteer” (ex: “Nature Conservancy Volunteer”) in Google.
Helping the planet doesn’t just start on Earth Day. It starts with all of the small actions we take each and every day. Small efforts add up over time and in the end, we’ll be leaving a more verdant planet for everyone after us.