16 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day April 21, 2019 11:15

Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet's environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects.

Started as a grassroots movement, Earth Day created public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contributed to numerous acts and environmental laws.

Here are a few ways to celebrate Earth Day 2019.

1. Educate And Reflect

Spend some time researching stresses on the environment and figuring out where you're able to improve your lifestyle to support rather than destroy the earth.

Here is an excellent resource to get you started.

2. Walk, Cycle or Carpool

If you live close enough to work, maybe take a walk or cycle, or make arrangements with co-workers to carpool for the day. Maybe this is something you can implement permanently.

3. Switch To E-Bills And Online Invoices

Ditch the monthly posted invoices, statements and magazines. Opt for online services and news instead.

4. Put A Recycling System In Place

Set up a few clearly labeled bins in your home that you can use for recycling.

5. Fix Leaky Faucets

If you have any drips in your home, now is the time to deal with them. Make a list of all the leaks and get a plumber in to take care of them all at once.

6. Update Your Lightbulbs

They last so much longer and use much less power. This one is a no-brainer. Also remember to flip off switches when you're no longer in the room.

7. Stop Drinking Bottled Water

Rather install a good filtering system at home and get yourself a reusable water bottle.

8. Go Vegan For A Day

Reducing or eliminating your consumption of meat and dairy is the single most effective way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet. If you're not able to eat this way permanently, consider making at least one day a week animal product free.

9. Spend Time In Nature

Go on a hike or spend an hour in a local park and just appreciate the good vibes you get from nature.

10. Clean Up

Join a beach or street cleanup, or organise one for your block. My neighbour and his wife started this a few years ago, so our street stays litter free.

11. Plant An Indigenous Tree

Trees are key to cleaning the air we breathe. Find a suitable spot and watch it grow over the years.

12. Buy A Bag For Life

Get a shopper you can reuse time and again. Something that folds up really small is ideal so you can carry it with you at all times in case you need to swing past the grocery store unexpectedly.

13. Go Microbead Free

    Microbeads are tiny beads of plastic that are in many cosmetic products, such as face washes and toothpaste. They end up being washed down your sink into the ocean and can enter the food chain when marine animals consume them. Fortunately, a ban this year means that micorbeads can no longer be used in cosmetic products. However, this does not cover ‘leave-on’ products such as make up. So, make sure the next time you buy any cosmetic products, check the label first for the ingredients list.

    14. Give Up Gum

    You might think that chewing gum is environmentally friendly, but it is actually made from a synthetic rubber, which is plastic. Around 100,000 tonnes of this plastic is thrown away every year, and a lot of it ends up on our streets. Next time you want minty-fresh breath, just brush your teeth rather than chewing on a piece of plastic.

    15. Stop Using Plastic Straws

    Plastic straws contribute greatly to the plastic waste in our oceans. The next time you go to a bar or restaurant, make sure say no to a straw, and even encourage them to stop using straws completely. If you have to use one, then buy an environmentally friendly one that is reusable. You can buy bamboo, metal, and glass straws online that you can wash and use rather than always buying plastic ones.

    16. Start A Compost Heap

    Yet another activity that sounds much harder than it is. Select a small area in your garden (preferably as far away from the house as possible) and start a compost heap. All you need is a recycling bucket in which you can transfer egg shells, fuit/vegetable peels, coffee grounds, tea bags, grass clippings and leaves.

     

    Do you have anything you can add to this list?