Each year, billions of people from around the world come together to celebrate Earth Day. It’s a global movement that inspires positive change for a better tomorrow. Not only can we do our part daily and implement a more sustainable lifestyle, but it’s an opportunity to remind businesses and governments to take action and invest in our planet as well. Here are 8 easy ways you can celebrate Earth Day with your community or from the comfort of your own home.
Every day is Earth Day, and I vote we start investing in a secure climate future right now.jackie speier.
1) Call to Action Our environmental crisis requires an urgent response. We can create a sustainable future by voting, using our voice to educate others about environmental issues, and by supporting eco-friendly businesses. Our actions can have a positive effect on our ecosystems as well as the pace of corporate and government action. Visit Earth Day’s Take Action page for more ways to help.
2) Educate There’s so much to learn about sustainability. By educating ourselves and each other, we can learn to adopt healthier habits to build a better future. When we come together, we can create positive change for generations to come. Here are three of my favorite books on sustainability along with my review,
3) Community Cleanup Is your local community hosting a cleanup at the beach, river, lake, or park near you? If so, join in! It’s a great way to soak up the sunshine, meet new people, and give back. If there aren’t any cleanup campaigns nearby, gather your family and friends and find an area that’s more convenient for you.
4) Unplug Unused Appliances How many unused appliances are plugged in your home right now? While it may be convenient to keep your lamp, coffee maker, or phone charger plugged in at all times, these devices are not only increasing your monthly bill, but carbon emissions as well. Reduce your consumption and save money by simply unplugging unused electronics.
Did you know? According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, phantom energy, which is electricity used by appliances even when turned off, accounts for 10% of electric consumption. By unplugging your devices when they’re not in use, you can save anywhere from $100 – $200 per year.
5) Conserve Water We’ve all left the tap idly running while washing our hands, doing the dishes, or brushing our teeth at one point in time. It may not seem like a big deal, but these little moments add up. Just by turning the tap off while you brush your teeth can save up to 200 gallons of water per month. This also applies to fixing any leaks that may be happening in your home. For more ways to save water and protect the environment, visit WaterSense.
6) Consider Eco-Friendly Alternatives Plastic pollution continues to be one of the biggest environmental threats. Rather than relying on recycling programs that aren’t as effective as we may think, let’s make better choices that don’t involve single-use plastics to begin with. Here are some of my favorite ways to reduce single-use plastic usage,
• Bring your own reusable shopping/grocery bags
• Bring your own reusable water bottle
• Choose glass, steel, or bamboo for food storage
• Use beeswax wraps instead of plastic saran wrap
• Replace paper towels with reusable cleaning cloths
• Replace bottled shampoo/conditioner with solid bars
• Consider zero-waste kitchen essentials
• Try plastic-free laundry strip detergent
7) Reduce and Reuse Our fast-paced society favors what’s convenient, such as ordering take out, following fast fashion trends, and tossing worn items. This weekend, discover new ways you can implement small changes in your routine that can help the planet. This can include carrying your own reusable utensils, thrifting, and repairing and reusing what you already have before sending items to the landfill.
8) Recycle Properly Each year, Canadians throw away 3 million tonnes of plastic waste. This is a result of our high-consumption of single-use plastics. Our first priority should always be to use eco-friendly alternatives, for the remaining plastics that we accumulate, we should ensure they end up in the right place. Each city has their own rules for what items may go into the recycling bin and how to prepare them. Here’s some information for the city of Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto.
Did you know? Dianne Saxe, an environmental lawyer, states that upwards of 25% of the waste we put in our recycling bins are not recyclable due to contamination. If your cardboard boxes or paper materials have food waste or other materials stuck to them, they can’t be recycled.
RELATED POST: How to Prepare Your Recyclables in 3 Easy Steps
We have the power to create positive change. Let’s use our voices and show our support for environmental protection. How will you be celebrating Earth Day this weekend? I’d love to hear your thoughts. For more eco-friendly posts, visit my tag here. For more resources and ways to invest in our planet, visit Earth Day.
RELATED POST: 4 Ways You Can Live More Sustainably