If you are curious about how to celebrate Earth Day, you have come to the right place. From walking instead of taking the car, to finding out why we should protect the environment – we’ve compiled the perfect list to inspire you to get involved this Earth Day.
So, if you want to do your part to save the environment and have fun this Earth Day, carry on reading.
What is World Earth Day?
An event that usually occurs every April, Earth Day promotes the importance of protecting the environment. It is a way to bring people together with one goal – to help preserve the Earth’s natural resources for the future.
Why Should We Protect the Environment?
Now, more than ever, we should all consciously prioritise protecting the environment.
Clean water, purified air, soil quality and climate control are the existing foundations of our planet that need to be sustained for future generations. Ignoring the health of the ecosystem can jeopardise the quality of life for all species – including humans.
With that in mind, check out just some of the ways you can make a difference this Earth Day:
How to Celebrate Earth Day
There are a number of different Earth Day activities that you can do that will have lifetime impact. So, whether you start your own compost bin or decide to car share, making the switch can make a huge difference
Investing in a reusable water bottle or shopping bag can help reduce the amount of plastic waste produced.
When single-use plastic bags and bottles are used carelessly, the waste can start to accumulate. In fact, we produce 380 million tons of plastic every year and research shows that by just being more mindful and reusing, we would reduce 50% of plastic waste reaching the ocean.
So, opting to use a reusable water bottle and shopping bag whenever possible is an easy way to reduce waste and a great way to kick-start Earth Day celebrations.
2. Start a Compost Bin
We get it – when cooking, you can build quite the waste pile. However, these foods scraps don’t have to hit the bins. Instead, they could be composted.
Some of the easiest foods to compost include:
- Banana peels
- Egg Shells
- Carrot shavings
- Avocado skin
Top Tip: It’s important to mix your compost bin every other day as this will make sure it evenly breaks down into soil.
3. Shop Locally
Shopping locally can provide a number of different benefits for the environment. For one, locally grown foods are often organic, which is much better for the environment.
This is because they’re typically grown without synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or fertilisers – all of which contribute to pollution. Consequently, organic products help the environment by eliminating the impact of added pesticides which can protect our foods from being exposed to chemicals that are potentially toxic to humans.
4. Upcycle or Donate Clothes
If you’re a bit of a shopaholic, celebrate Earth Day with a wardrobe clear-out. Consider gifting any unwanted items to friends, family or those in need to help prevent further waste build-up.
However, we understand that saying goodbye to some of your favourite items isn’t that easy – especially if some of them have sentimental value. Instead, find a unique way to upcycle items you no longer wear into new wardrobe staples. With a few simple cuts, your old pair of jeans can quickly become your new staple pair of shorts.
5. Walk More
We are not expecting you to walk those long-haul commutes, but for shorter journeys – why not try walking?
Reducing the number of times you turn your key in your car will not just cut down on emissions that are harmful to the environment, but it can also encourage you to get your 10,000 steps in.
So, the next time you need to hop in your car, consider whether you could share those longer journeys or simply walk instead.
6. Spread Awareness
Although Earth Day occurs every April, you’d be surprised how many people aren’t aware of the event.
Whether you share awareness online or simply tell your friends and family what you’re doing this Earth Day – you’ll doing your bit in spreading the word and encouraging others to get involved as well.
Embracing some of the ways to celebrate world Earth Day is just a small step to becoming more sustainable and protecting the health of the planet. Discover more ways to make sustainability a regular part of your routine on our blog.