5 Earth Day Activities That Give Back to the Planet
Earth Day started in 1970. 50 years later, we're still working on protecting the future of our planet. Here's some Earth Day activities you can do to help.
These Earth Day activities will help you give back to the planet!
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th celebration of Earth Day. It's an important time to remember that we should do everything we can for our planet in order to protect it. More than ever, we're becoming better aware of what it means to “go green” and reduce our carbon footprint. We do this in the hopes of protecting our global home and making sure humanity has a safe and thriving place to live for future generations to come.
Even though there are more people stepping up to take care of our planet, there are still some who have no idea where to start. You may have great intentions, but it can certainly be overwhelming trying to find something you can do to help. A lot of the time people think that they can’t do much because they are "just one person." Well, if you think about it most great movements or ideas started with one person. You don’t have to have a ton of money or a fancy degree in order to want to do what’s best for the environment, the climate, or the planet.
So, if you're stuck and confused about where to begin, start small. You don't need to plant a full forest — just the first tree. These are 5 Earth Day activities you can do to give back to the planet on Earth Day (or any day!)
1. Throw a zero-waste party.
If you like a good time then a zero-waste party may be just the thing for you. Hey, just because it’s ethically conscious doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Show people how to reduce landfill trash and how to go eco-friendly by using 100% recyclable materials, playing games that show you how to recycle properly (i.e. pin the trash on the landfill or recycling truck), and other fun games that you can turn into a learning experience. Your friends and family will think they are just having a great time but they'll actually learn some key tips for how to reduce their carbon footprint.
2. Volunteer for, or host a cleanup project.
Cleanup projects are becoming more popular and, dare we say, almost mainstream. It is now a “cool” thing to do, to look after our environment and our oceans. You can search for a local project where you may have an interest such as those that are focused on cleaning up trash and debris in our parks or streets, or you can donate to a cleanup project if you don't have the time or ability to participate. Either choice is making an impact, even if you believe it to be a small one. Every step forward is a step forward!
3. Go vegan.
Try the vegan lifestyle for a week or two. It may seem daunting when you think about giving up all meat and animal byproducts. But if you take things one snack or one meal at a time, you’ll notice that it isn’t as hard as you first thought. The vegan lifestyle is known to reduce environmental pollution and reduce your carbon footprint by up to 73%, according to a study done at Oxford University. How? This lifestyle leads to the reduction of resources used to engineer meat and animal byproducts, resources that give off emissions and other harmful agents that drain the Earth and pollute the air. Becoming vegan is the singular most effective way to make a stand against things that disrupt our environment. Plus, there are some health benefits to you, as well!
4. Stay local and enjoy the greenery.
With the current situation at hand, it's also a perfect time to take a stroll in the park or go for a walk in the neighborhood. A great way to affect change on Earth Day is to take a stand. Literally. Instead of driving, take a bike, stay local, or if you must drive then carpool (as appropriate). Giving up the car for the day is one way to test your personal limits, as well. A lot of people tend to think they need the car to go everywhere and that is simply untrue. Another way to really make a statement is to trade in your gas vehicle for an electric car. Zero emissions!
5. Plant a tree.
Planting trees is still a great way to show the planet that you care about its future. Volunteer for a tree planting initiative in your neighborhood. Or if there isn’t one, start one! We could all use more trees especially since the fires in the Amazon, and around the world. That was a devastating blow to our planet and if we all work to plant more trees around the world, we might be able to make up for some of the damage.
You can see that you don’t need to be a big corporation to begin making your mark on the world. These small Earth Day activities can turn into big initiatives at any time, but for now, this is a great place to start!