20 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
Happy Earth Day! Every year on April 22, people engage in environmentally friendly activities that pay respect to this beloved planet we call home.
The first official Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, after a senator in Wisconsin voiced his concerns about the U.S.’s deteriorating environment. Back then, it inspired 20 million Americans to protest against the effects of 150 years of industrial development, which caused many health threats for humans.
Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of many first-time environmental laws. In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, followed by many other initiatives to protect millions of humans and many endangered species. The event went global for the first time in 1990. Since then, nearly 1 billion people and more than 160 countries mobilize to mark the occasion.
Celebrate today by giving back to the planet. Most of us know to recycle, conserve water and energy, and protect our forests as best we can, but what are some other ideas to honor this day (and every day)? According to Harvard Health Publishing, they’re quite a few:
- Ride your bike or walk instead of driving.
- Plant a new tree.
- Purchase reusable bags for grocery shopping.
- Spend time outside, and respect your surroundings.
- Volunteer for trash pick-up.
- Buy a refillable water bottle instead of plastic ones.
- Unplug any appliances you’re not using.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
- Use cloth towels instead of paper towels.
- Collect rainwater for your plants.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Unsubscribe from physical junk mail.
- Opt in for electric billing.
- Understand your carbon footprint.
- Recycle old electronics.
- Support a farmer’s market.
- Make your own cleaning products.
- Hand-wash your dishes.
- Donate old clothes.
- Buy second-hand things.