Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 2020 

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Earth Day is April 22 and for me it’s about encouraging others to “do better” with our environment, while also celebrating the things we have done to improve our surroundings.

I was presented a unique opportunity to celebrate Earth Day with Knockaround sunglasses. Originally the idea was around plogging – the act of picking up trash while you run. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have been doing this on my one mile run days. (I have a run streak and on rest days, I run one mile.) I have found a variety of discarded items. I have also found some keepers and even money.

However, we are living in the present. I really don’t feel comfortable picking up trash these days, so it is time to switch the focus to general “tree hugging.” I want to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and take better care of our environment.

These practices are not new to me. In high school I was in the Ecology Club, we would clean up the school parking lot. I have joined river cleanups with a country conservation board – that was a long day in a canoe! A couple years ago I joined my running club in a cleanup on a popular running path, even found scrap metal we redeemed for cash.

Ironically an article popped up in one of my social feeds about tree hugging. It’s based in Iceland where they are encouraging people who are missing out on hugging other humans, to hug a tree! You can read that here. What a great idea!! I mean a tree isn’t going to hug back, but it’s an option for those who like to hug and maybe it opens up your thoughts on how to take better care of your environment.

I do miss plogging, so I am stressing that we all need to be more mindful of our waste. I see lots of cigarette cartons and things that are easily thrown out of moving vehicles. I am simply just asking that if you feel the need to throw trash, throw it into your passenger seat, then throw it out in the proper receptacle when you arrive at your destination. I am not sure I need to get into the science of how long it takes certain materials to breakdown in our environment.

We are currently living in weird times, so let’s make the best of it by trying to do better AND a contest! I have been a fan of Knockaround for a long time – I mean I have just a few pairs.

In addition to disposing of your trash properly, take a picture of you enjoying the environment by hugging a tree. Get creative and post it to social media – make sure to tag Knockaround and Bibrave. Also include #EarthDayKnocksBR on the post and you could win a pair of sunglasses!!!

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I can’t wait to get back to plogging. I really enjoy the thrill of the hunt. You never know what you are going to find out there. I have been running country roads and the ditches are full of things, including redeemable beverage cans.