22 Ways to Celebrate Our Planet on Earth Day and Every Day
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!
Join a cleanup or beautification event in your community
Recycle—if you don’t have access to curbside pickup, check what programs are available at your local schools, stores, and community centers
Start composting—you can do it in your yard or even from an apartment!
Pick up litter when you’re out on a walk or run
Teach eco-consciousness to the youth in your life
Eat seasonally—try checking out your local farmer’s market
Draft weekly meal plans to avoid food waste
Swap processed snacks for package-free options
Plant a tree or flower
Harvest rainwater to maintain your yard
Get involved in a community garden
Ride your bike to work, or start a local carpool
Take public transportation whenever you can
Shop secondhand—you’d be surprised at what you find!
Donate your gently-used items to a local thrift store
Host an eco-swap with friends or neighbors to exchange items you no longer need
Invest in a reusable water bottle or coffee mug
Reevaluate what your printing needs
Sign up for paperless billing, and remove your name from unsolicited mailing lists
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
Support sustainable businesses
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!