Earth Day is on its way! Don’t miss this annual opportunity to be an environmental steward and celebrate the natural world. Get involved in efforts to protect the environment. Here are several ways you can celebrate Earth Day and a healthy planet:
Many neighborhoods and communities around the country host volunteer clean ups to honor Earth Day. Find one in your area or organize your own: gather some friends, some sturdy garbage bags and pairs of work gloves, and head out to the Chattahoochee Riverwalk for a clean-up.
Get outside and enjoy nature. Even if you aren’t an experienced hiker, there are plenty of tools to make getting outdoor easy, such as wearable tech, which can support your adventure. And there are plenty of walking trails in the community.
Plant a tree.
Trees provide shade and food for people and a habitat for birds and other wildlife. What’s more, they produce oxygen for people to inhale, as well as sequester CO2. Trees are a big part of our earth, and planting one on Earth Day will just add to the health and wellness of the world that we live in. Each year, you can watch it mature and grow.
Get into the habit of reducing waste by recycling and reusing items as much as possible. Take a look at the footprint you create with your plastic consumption and find ways to improve your habits. Bring a reusable bag to the grocery store. Buying a drink? Skip the straw. Getting takeout? Ask the restaurant to hold the plastic silverware.
Plant a garden.
Help your kids fall in love with nature by introducing them to gardening. Tour a nursery together and ask them to pick out the flowers they like best. Then plant them together. Start a vegetable garden, even if it’s in a container. Grow beans. They’re easy to grow and germinate fast. Kids love to watch them sprout. Or, you can root a cutting of ivy or Philodendron in a glass of water.
Hang a bird feeder.
Celebrate Earth Day by making your yard an oasis for birds and other creatures. You can put in a bird feeder, install birdhouses, put in a bird bath, and more. By making it comfortable for our feathered friends, they will be more likely to stick around.
Take a home energy checkup.
It may not seem obvious, but there is a direct connection between your home’s energy use and the environment. Give your home an energy checkup and see where your house is losing energy and money. Simply changing your light bulbs to energy-efficient bulbs can save you a lot of time, money, and energy. Visit energy.gov for more energy saving ideas.
Switch to e-bills and online invoices.
Did you know that switching all of your bills to e-bills and online invoices can save millions of trees every single year? It’s true! If you are in a position where you can do that without making everything more confusing and stressful, then you definitely want to make the switch.