04/16/2018

A New View for Earth Day

Karen Vujnovic


Eco-Friendly

This Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day—the foremost holiday for environmentalists and old hippies alike. It's a day many of us will spend time participating in some local eco-friendly activity like planting trees, sowing gardens, or cleaning up trash from a local waterway. It's the day we humans try to give a little bit back to the giant blue planet that we all call home. But if outdoorsy days engulfed by clouds of patchouli and digging in the dirt aren't your thing, here's how you can participate from the comfort of your home.

  1. Rummage through drawers and boxes that have taken up residence on your closet shelves.
  2. Recover old eyewear that you no longer want or need.
  3. Donate said eyewear to help those in need and keep plastic out of overflowing landfills.
  4. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Not only does donating your old glasses declutter your home and reduce waste in our already overburdened landfills, it can also help people with uncorrected visual impairments who live in low and middle-income countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), half of the one billion people affected by presbyopia (farsightedness that occurs in middle to old age) cannot afford eyeglasses to correct their eyesight, and therefore their ability to maintain a job decreases. A small donation of something you don't need can make a powerful impact on a family's life and well-being. You know what they say about one man (or woman's) trash, right? Imagine what a treasure the gift of sight would be.

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