15 Ways to celebrate the earth Everyday
Earth Month is underway. Once a year, we spend a few weeks (or tbh a few days) focused on the education of environmental issues and encouraging action to protect the Earth. But we need that to be every day. We all need to make time to celebrate the place we live, love and play on every day.
Here are 15 ways you can celebrate the Earth any day of the year. The best part? Most of these are completely free and can help you save up some $$$ in the long run! Total win-win.
1.Spend time outside
Spend some time in your backyard or take a walk in your neighborhood. Head to your favorite park. Go to the beach. Take a hike on your favorite trail. No matter what you do or where you go, spend quality time outside and notice the nature that is all around you.
2.Get a pass to your state park
State and national parks are protected areas, meaning they aim to help con- serve nature and the services it provides us (food, water, protection) in these areas. Buying a pass helps to provide employment and services to maintain these spaces year-round.
3.Go to farmer’s market
Support local agriculture and buy produce from a local farmer. Check out when and where your local community’s farmers’ markets take place.
Get close to the Earth and get your hands dirty. Plant ﬂowers in your yard. Start your own vegetable or herb garden. If you don’t have any outdoor space, join a community garden or plant your own plants in individual pots throughout your space.
6.Pick up trash on a walk or hike
Clean up your favorite trail or neighborhood on a walk to help preserve these beautiful spaces! Make sure to wear gloves and bring a disposable plastic bag to collect trash in. And wash your hands afterwards!
7.Eat less meat
Eating meat is actually one of the most environmentally damaging things you can do, so even if you’re not quite ready to give up your hamburgers completely, consider reducing how much you eat. Start off with just one day a week and see if you can work your way up.
8.Compost your food
Instead of throwing your food scraps in the trash, throw them in a compost bin to help reduce waste and create some nutritious soil. Even if you don’t have a yard, you can still compost. Many cities are starting to offer composting services and there are apps like ShareWaste that help you connect with others in your neighborhood who have composts and can accept your food waste!
Just because something has the recycling symbol on it, doesn’t necessarily mean it can be recycled (it’s like they’re trying to make it more confusing for us). Always see what type of plastic something is before throwing it in the recycling bin, and check your local recycling guidelines to see what is accepted for your area.
11.Try to reduce your waste
When trying to reduce your waste, the small things really do add up. Bring a reusable bag with you everywhere. Try shopping in bulk. Buy beauty items that are package or plastic free. Avoid single-use items where you can. Reuse takeout containers. It’s all about getting creative!
By buying food and other items locally, you can connect with the person responsible for growing your food or making your goods and reduce the distance your items have traveled (which also means less emissions!). This has an added bonus of supporting local businesses and communities.
13. Donate to or volunteer with an environmental organization
Find one whose mission matches your passions, and either donate to support or reach out to learn more about volunteer opportunities from advocacy to outreach to implementation.
14. Participate in citizen science
If you’re wondering wtf citizen science is, wonder no more. Citizen science is voluntary participation in scientiﬁc research that gives you the opportunity to collaborate with professional scientists by collecting data from the natural world, like monitoring bird nests, surveying monarch populations, and measuring night-sky brightness. You can explore a database of citizen science projects and ﬁnd something that sparks your interest!
15. Rewear and reuse what you already own
The most sustainable option is the one you already own. So rewear the clothes already in your closet and mend the ones that need a little extra love. Reuse all your household items and appliances until you can upcycle them into something else. This will not only help you keep things out of the landﬁll, but it will also keep from overspending on things you don’t really need.
And don’t forget to grab a friend to join you! The more people we have taking care of our planet, the better.