Earth Day, April 22, 2023, recognizes over 50 years of environmental achievements and accomplishments by millions of people worldwide. It’s a steady call to never rest in the work to protect the only planet known to sustain human life, because we now know it’s a myth that pollution and overpopulation must be the marks of a prosperous society.
It’s easy to be a participant in Earth Day, every day. Here’s a few ways.
- Bike or walk
- Carpool or take public transportation
- Choose an energy efficient vehicle
- Make fewer trips by grouping your errands
- Drive smart: go easy on the breaks and gas, use cruise control, and keep your car well-maintained
- Reuse or repurpose containers, clothing, and cloth grocery bags
- Give clothes a second life by donating or buying used
- Know what items your local recycling programs collects, and what items are recyclable
- Repair leaky faucets and replace old equipment like toilets and dishwashers when possible
- Turn off the water to brush teeth and shave
- Run full loads of laundry and dishes
- Collect rainwater to use in your garden
- Check your refrigerator, pantry, and freezer before shopping to avoid buying foods you don't need
- Plan your meals for the week before heading to the store
- Properly store fruits and vegetables so they last longer, https://www.almanac.com/how-store-vegetables-and-fruit-keep-it-fresh
- Befriend your freezer and leftovers
- Pick up litter, join a cleanup, https://www.earthday.org/actions/green-up-with-a-cleanup-volunteer-for-a-cleanup-in-your-community/
- Plant a tree
- Make a call-to-action to share on social media: Get your environmentally-conscious message out there and show your support for Earth Day by posting an educational video on your social media feed.
- Give your friends an Earth Day Challenge to try, like picking up 15 pieces of litter, or simply share a few facts about global warming or rainforest preservation to help spread awareness.
- Build (or buy) a quality birdhouse or bird feeder, https://www.wbu.com/
- Brainstorm energy-friendly ideas for your house or apartment, such as switching to LED bulbs, turning off the AC when you're not home and other simple, energy-efficient ideas.
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt -- Learn about local birds, wildlife, flora and fauna by searching for flowers, plants and trees, and observing wildlife in your region or around your neighborhood. Look for a regional list of birds, animals, and plants online to help guide your search! https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/what+is+it; https://ebird.org/home
- Start a compost bin in your backyard, https://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/compost/how-to-compost/
- Start your own garden, or petition your local government to start a community garden.
- Cut down or eliminate plastic bottles
- Make your voice heard: https://www.earthday.org/action/
- Donate to any number of reputable environmental or ecological steward organizations, https://www.networkforgood.org/topics/animal_environ/earthday/; https://www.overshootday.org/; https://www.earthovershoot.org/
- Adopt a plant-focused diet, https://www.pcrm.org/good-nutrition/plant-based-diets
- Stop pesticide and herbicide use
- Reduce paper usage by printing on both sides, using digital files, or implementing paper-free days.
- Provide opportunities to teleconference rather than travel when possible.
- Repair and update old equipment before replacing it. When it must go, research donation or eco-friendly disposal options.
- Turn electronics off when not in use, enable auto-sleep options to save energy.
- Host your own event, like tree-planting, a cleanup or Teach-In.
- Sponsor a local student group to conduct an environmental project.
- Adopt a river, roadway or vulnerable species.
- Promote environmental awareness on company social media.
- Challenge other business in your community to go green.
- Switch to post-consumer waste paper products, LED light bulbs, and rechargeable batteries.
- Hire a green cleaning company or purchase eco-friendly cleaning products.
- Create a company garden or green roof.
- Plant native species to support pollinators and reduce run-off.
- Implement compost collection and host a workshop on reducing food waste.
- Conduct an energy audit to identify efficiency improvements.
- Replace equipment with energy efficient options.
- Switch to a renewable utility provider.
- Switch to renewable auto-fleet.