Earth Day is nearly here! As the days tick down you may be wondering how you can celebrate this holiday? You don’t need to go all out, in fact for this particular holiday less just might be more! Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Earth Day with your friends and family or even on your own!
1. Pick up Litter
Okay, it’s not glamorous, but it is important – not only for aesthetics, but for all the plants & animals living in the area. Maybe it’s in your yard (goodness knows that on windy trash days we’d end up with all sorts of stray wrappers in our yard), or maybe your favorite park or just walking down the street. Wherever you are, take a moment to put a stray piece of trash or two where it belongs: either in recycling or the trash. You don’t have to go out of your way, this simple action will help you improve the areas you go every day.
2. Visit a Park
A national park, a state park, or your local park down the street! Take time out of your day to be outside and enjoy nature! Let your kids break free from their screens and get out and get dirty! Not only is it healthy, it will help teach them to appreciate nature more. Visiting a natural area is as good for your soul as it is your body, it helps to reduce stress and generally make you feel better.
3. Ditch the Plastic Bags
It’s a small change with a BIG impact. Raise your hand if you have a bag of bags that’s out of control? Or one of those other bag storage thingies? Yeah, exploding everywhere right? Will you ever use all those bags? No. Changing to reusable bags is inexpensive (they usually run about 99 cents at the grocery store or commissary, plus you generally get a 5 cent per bag discount every single time you use them at many stores – this includes Target and the Exchange!). The benefits of using them are just so great, they fit so much more stuff and you don’t have to worry about them ripping as you are carting your groceries around. Trust me, you’ll forget your bags enough times that you’ll still have some plastic bags around for your bathroom trashcan liner.
Protip: Keep them in your vehicle so you always have them on hand! Never forget a bag again! And recycle the old plastic bags you are replacing!
4. Start a Garden
It can be big or small, but try gardening! If you are living in an apartment like me there’s always container or vertical gardening, you don’t need a lot of space to garden! You can do it no matter if you live in a single family home, or small apartment! Your garden will give you fresh veggies, herbs or flowers all summer (or longer if you container garden and can bring them in for cold weather!)
5. Make it Every Day
Earth Day is a great holiday, but by choosing to make your choices impact the world a little less every day you can create a lot of change. You can choose one thing and commit to it for the year. An example might be using a water filter instead of bottled water, or bringing your own travel mug when you get your morning coffee, or starting Meat Free Mondays. Whatever you choose, make it a part of your every day life.