22 Ways to Celebrate Our Planet on Earth Day and Every Day

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Communities across America first celebrated Earth Day nearly 50 years ago, and since then, it has grown into a global event. It’s certainly our favorite time of year, but its concepts can be applied daily. Read below to discover ways you can help!

  1. Join a cleanup or beautification event in your community

  2. Recycle—if you don’t have access to curbside pickup, check what programs are available at your local schools, stores, and community centers

  3. Start composting—you can do it in your yard or even from an apartment!

  4. Pick up litter when you’re out on a walk or run

  5. Teach eco-consciousness to the youth in your life

  6. Eat seasonally—try checking out your local farmer’s market

  7. Draft weekly meal plans to avoid food waste

  8. Swap processed snacks for package-free options

  9. Plant a tree or flower

  10. Harvest rainwater to maintain your yard

  11. Get involved in a community garden

  12. Ride your bike to work, or start a local carpool

  13. Take public transportation whenever you can

  14. Shop secondhand—you’d be surprised at what you find!

  15. Donate your gently-used items to a local thrift store

  16. Host an eco-swap with friends or neighbors to exchange items you no longer need

  17. Invest in a reusable water bottle or coffee mug

  18. Reevaluate what your printing needs

  19. Sign up for paperless billing, and remove your name from unsolicited mailing lists

  20. Start a collection of reusable bags, and keep them in your car or entryway so you don’t forget them next time you’re out shopping

  21. Support sustainable businesses

  22. Start a pledge board at your workplace, school, or other community organization—encourage others to go green and share their progress

Anything you’d add to the list? Remember, you can be the change you want to see in your community. Advocate for our earth and others will follow!