For over 40 years now April 22nd has marked Earth Day, which means this year it is landing on Friday. Talk about a Fri-yay moment! The theme for 2016 is Trees for the Earth (#trees4earth). They have created a goal to plant 7.8 billion trees by 2020 to combat the 15 billion trees our planet is currently losing each year. So with the earth and all our fellow inhabitants in mind, here are 15 easy ways to celebrate Earth Day.
Update: The theme for 2017 is Environmental & Climate Literacy.
15 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
1. Find and attend an organized Earth Day event near you.
2. Contribute to the tree planting goal by planting a tree or two in your neighbourhood.
3. Get outside without electronic distractions and really appreciate nature. Go for a walk, hike, or bike ride, have a picnic, or play a sport with friends.
4. Actually take all the glass and cans you’ve been collecting for months to the recycling depot. You might even make a little money.
5. Go car-free for the day. You can take the bus, bike, walk, or get really creative and try something out of the ordinary like rollerblading.
6. Pick up the garbage you find along your favourite trail, beach, or park.
7. If you go shopping, be mindful of your purchases. Choose to support local business and eco-friendly, fair trade, and second-hand products.
8. Eat meatless for the day. A recently published report found that 51% or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture.
9. Drop off a donation to your local thrift store to give a second life to some of the clothes or items you no longer use.
10. Cook an Earth Day meal by preparing it around food that is grown or raised locally. You could also invite over your friends or family to share it.
11. If you have a garden, spend some time working in it. You can also plant wildflowers that are native to your area to support bees and other pollinators.
12. Put up a bird feeder, hummingbird feeder, or even a bat or squirrel feeder in your yard to support local wildlife.
14. Start a compost bin for your fruit and vegetable scraps so they can turn into rich soil instead of piling up in a landfill.
15. Watch an eco-focused documentary such as Cowspiracy, Tapped, The Blue Planet, No Impact Man, Gasland, or Chasing Ice. Many of these can be found on Netflix.
Earth Day acts as a great reminder to everyone to take care of our planet. However, it is only one day. Let’s use this opportunity to commit to implementing some of these eco-friendly practices and others into our lives each day all year round.
How are you going to celebrate Earth Day this year?