Earth Day

Earth Day

Earth day

Every year, people all over the world celebrate Earth Day by taking steps to become more environmentally friendly. 

Why?

Well, developing better habits and making small changes like planting a tree or picking up garbage, helps reduce your carbon footprint. There’s no better gift to Mother Earth than that. 

A Brief History of Earth Day 

April 22 marks the official birthday of the environmental movement that started in 1970. Since then, at least 1 billion people in more than 190 countries participate in Earth Day every year. 

The purpose of Earth Day is to focus on environmentally friendly changes we can make every day. To bring about positive change, Earth Day also shines a light on many government policies that impact the environment. 

5 Earth Day Ideas

Taking steps to develop more Earth-friendly habits is a great way to get involved in Earth Day.  After all, the little things you do to help the environment will help to shape the world we live in.

If you’re wondering what you can do to show your appreciation for nature and Mother Earth, you don’t need to look very far. Here’s a list of 5 things you can do to contribute to Earth Day this year. 

1. Pick-Up Garbage

When you see garbage, pick it up and put it in the correct trash receptacle. This helps to keep nature as it should be– untouched. Not only will this make our world cleaner, it is also helpful to wildlife. Animals often mistake garbage for food. When they eat non-natural things they end up ingesting all sorts of toxins, which is extremely harmful to their health. Garbage such as plastic can also choke non suspecting animals when it gets logged in their windpipe. This is something that is simple and easy to do and can be translated into a habit that we do everyday.

Let Earth Day be the start of the new habit.

Earth day - pick up garbage

2. Plant a Tree

Trees are crucial to the survival of mankind. 

One of the most valuable plants on the planet, trees produce oxygen and filter pollutants from the air when they are living. Fallen dead trees are also extremely important since they decompose and enrich the soil for other plants, trees and living organism. Trees also provide food and shelter for wildlife. 

At one time the trees covered 50% of the planet which was quite impressive. Now trees cover about 30% of the planet and will lessen if we don’t change our ways. Planting a tree or two this Earth Day will help to replace a tree that’s been cut down. 

oak tree seedlings

3. Turn the Power Off

Electricity is something we human beings can’t do without. We use electricity for everything, like cooking, cleaning, work, school, phones and more. 

The problem is with how we generate electricity. The process puts a strain on the environment because it emits pollutants and greenhouse gases. To decrease your electricity consumption, try to only use what you need. 

A great way to decrease your energy consumption is to invest in LED light bulbs. LED bulbs use much less electricity and last longer compared to regular bulbs. While the upfront cost of the bulb is slightly more, in the long run, you’ll notice a difference in your monthly utility bill. 

Changing to LED bulbs will put money back into your pocket and help out Mother Earth. 

What could be better than that? 

4. Switch to Reusable Products

Reusable products truly help to decrease the amount of waste and garbage thrown out every day. From makeup removing pads to food containers, investing in reusable items is an easy change you can make in your day-to-day life. 

Starting this Earth Day, gift yourself a few reusable items. There’s plenty to choose from! To help you get started, here’s a list of a few great options: 

  • Straws
  • Napkins
  • Facial Pads
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Feminine Products
  • Diapers
  • Grocery Bags
  • Water Bottles
  • Masks
  • Clothing
  • Coffee Filters
  • Alternative Cutleries (Bamboo, Wheat Straw, etc.)
  • Dryer Balls
  • Wrapping Paper

5. Ride Your Bike

Riding your bike more often is a great Earth Day idea. 

A bike is a wonderful way to commute. The best part is, bikes provide exercise and help to decrease carbon emissions. 

So this Earth Day, consider taking your bike to get groceries or just to get a little exercise. It is a fact that fresh air and nature helps reduce stress – so get on the bike, get some fresh air and let those stressors go!

Earth Day Projects

This Earth is the only one we’ve got. That’s why it’s so important to appreciate nature and all it has to offer us. 

Earth Day is a special day. If we all do our part, we can each make a difference. Building better habits, focusing on small Earth Day projects, and coming up with Earth Day ideas makes for a great start. 

So whether you decide to pick up garbage, plant a tree, or ride your bike, congratulations! You’ve taken the first steps to help treat our planet with love and care. Thank you. 

 

If you’d like to go further why not help biodiversity and bees by participating in ‘No Mow May’

 

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