5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day doesn’t always get the most love as a holiday—perhaps this year it deserves an appearance on your calendar or social media. The more you think about it, the more you’ll realize just how much the Earth deserves to be celebrated. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the light we enjoy, and the warmth we feel are just a few things given to us freely from this beautiful planet we call home.

So without further ado, here are five ways you can celebrate Earth Day this year:

1. Ride your bike instead of driving

Walk, ride your bike, or use some kind of public transportation on Earth Day. If you live in a big city, getting around without a car should be fairly easy and maybe even easier than driving – no need to worry about parking. The fewer exhaust fumes there are in the air, the better for the planet and everyone living on it. Take your reusable water bottle (to cut down on plastic waste) and make a day of it.

2. Cut down on your carbon footprint

The best thing you can do for the earth is to take care of its precious resources. Turn off the lights when you leave a room or leave the house. Schedule repairs for any old, faulty, or leaky appliances that may be overusing energy. Don’t take very long, hot showers if you can help it. When cooking, don’t preheat the oven until the batter is done – simple things like that can reduce the energy you use and help the earth.

3. Plant a tree

Put your gardening skills to use by planting a tree in your backyard or at a community garden. The more trees there are, the more oxygen in the air, since trees naturally absorb carbon dioxide. If there’s no room for a tree, try a small potted plant on your windowsill or a little herb garden on the porch or in the kitchen. Some easy herbs to try are cilantro, basil and red chili peppers. Making a meal using ingredients from your own garden is a great way to connect with the earth as well.

4. Organize a town clean up

If you want to get a little more traditional about celebrating Earth Day, organize community clean up at a local park, creek, or even parking lot. Picking up litter helps animals who may get sick from eating our leftovers or plastic, and makes everything more beautiful to look at. Create an event on social media or send an email to a bunch of like-minded friends. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish in just an hour—many hands make light work. You could also contact the Parks and Rec Department in your town to find out if they need help with any outdoor projects.

5. Do some arts and crafts with your kids

Pull out the green and blue construction paper and make a cutout of the earth with cotton ball clouds, or get some styrofoam balls at the craft store and make a solar system replica (Pluto, you will always be in our hearts). Take the time to think and talk about what makes the earth so wonderful, and you’ll be well on your way to celebrating on April 22.

By Paige A. Mitchell

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