Restore our Earth (Day 2021)

Earth Day’s 2021 tagline is Restore our Earth, which I see they have trademarked, so I hope it is ok to repeat #RestoreOurEarth.

My original post started with something many of us have heard of: the three Rs- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle as expounded by the EPA, but we have to go well beyond that to sustainably prosper.

I was going to talk about CO2 emmissions with a focus on:

  • Measure
  • Reduce
  • Innovate to reduce/eliminate
  • Offset what you can’t eliminate

But, when I was looking up the 3 Rs, I came across the 5 Rs

  • Refuse
  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Repurpose
  • Recycle
Then the 7 Rs that adds Rethink to the front of the 5 Rs and Rot on the backend.
Then the 8 Rs
  • Rethink
  • Reduce
  • Re-use
  • Repair
  • Re-gift
  • Recover
  • Recycle
8 Rs

8 Rs: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Repair, Re-gift, Recover, Recycle

So, not to be outdone, I have come up with a list of as many R Words as possible that relate to Earth Day, Every Day; Sustainability and other One Planet efforts (promoted by organizations like One Planet Network, One Planet, and Our Planet).

R Words

  • Research
  • Rate
  • Report
  • Re-evaluate
  • Reprioritize
  • Re-imagine
  • Re-think
  • Rezone
  • Reconsider
  • Reserve
  • Relocate
  • Replace
  • Resize
  • Repent
  • Repay
  • Restitution
  • Right
  • Respect
  • Replace
  • Restore
  • Repurpose
  • Re-gift
  • Resell
  • Recreate
  • Revitalize
  • Re-emerge
  • Reopen
  • Re-engage
  • Raise
  • Repeal
  • Rotate
  • Risk
  • Remote
  • Remove (barriers)
  • Recovery
  • Release
  • Re-learn

And a few R Words that we would like to see less of

  • Renege
  • Rape
  • Racism

What are your favorite R words? Which ones do you want explained in future posts? Which ones did I forget?

If you don’t have an plans for Earth Day, consider taking a walk with your family or friends and talk about Restore and other R Words that relate to our planet.


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