People all around the globe celebrate Earth Day every year on April 22nd. It is a day to cherish and nurture our earth. This year you can participate in various Earth Day activities in your area that promote environmental awareness.
How can you participate in Earth Day activities?
1. Plant a tree for Earth Day
One of the most common Earth Day activities is tree planting. Some schools provide a tree for every student to plant around the school grounds. Your family can plant a new tree in your yard or you can join a community tree-planting event in your area. There are many reasons why planting trees is good for the earth. By planting trees you are contributing to cleaner air, better soil, providing natural habitats for wildlife and more.
2. This Earth Day you can donate to a cause
If you don’t have time or a place to plant a tree you can also donate to an organization that will plant the tree in your honor. You can donate to groups like The Canopy Project or Friends of the Earth and they will use your donation to plant trees and better the earth. You can also donate to carbon offset organizations that help you calculate your carbon footprint and give you the opportunity to donate toward environmental projects that will help you balance out your carbon footprint. Another way to participate without spending a dime is to sign a pledge to stand with Green Peace to protect Canadian forests.
3. Teach kids about Earth Day
The best way to advocate for our earth is through education. By educating kids about the positive or negative impact they can have on the earth it will affect their actions even into adulthood. It is more difficult to change old habits, so by teaching kids good habits at a young age this can positively impact the earth for future generations.
4. In honor of Earth Day you can save water
Save energy on Earth Day by being conscious to turn off the lights that you aren’t using when you are at home or at work. In fact you can join the millions of people across the world who are switching lights off for an hour on March 29th. You can also be more diligent to only use the water that you need when brushing your teeth or taking a little shorter shower. Earth Day is also a good opportunity to switch out your light bulbs to more energy efficient light bulbs. You can also use the day to fix any leaky sinks or running toilets. These are simple Earth Day practices that will continue to save water and energy and benefit the earth all year long.
5. Start a compost bin for your garden
Even if Earth Day reminds you to do something green like starting a compost bin this is something that you can continue to add to all year and for years to come. Composting only takes a little time and it is good for the environment and for your yard and garden.
Earth Day doesn’t have to be limited to one day a year. Earth Day is a day to remind us that we can be earth-loving citizens every day. We can do most of these Earth Day activities every day and know that we are helping keep the earth green. How will you participate in Earth Day this year?