Earth Day is April 22, which means this weekend is the perfect time to get your home and your family ready to celebrate. Earth Day started in 1970, as a way to encourage people to improve the environment. Now it’s celebrated in more than 180 countries around the world. People clean up parks and wilderness areas, attend events, plant trees, sign petitions and more to celebrate. Beyond celebrating though, it’s a day to work toward a healthy, cleaner environment.
3 Things You Can Do to Celebrate Earth Day
You don’t have to organize a huge event, or even attend one, to get involved. You can do something small at home, with your friends, family and neighbors. Here are three things you can do this weekend in order to get ready for Earth Day.
1. Plant something!
You can plant a tree — or flowers, shrubs, herbs, succulents, anything you want! There are so many benefits to planting something, both to you and the environment. You may find yourself with less stress and a new hobby that you enjoy. And plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen from their leaves, as well as providing shelter and food for wildlife. They also can help increase your property value!
2. Clean up the neighborhood.
Trash can cause huge problems for waterways, animals and neighborhoods. But this is an easy problem for you to solve! Give some plastic bags to the kids and take a walk around the neighborhood, picking up trash like paper, plastic water bottles, and other debris. Then dispose of the trash in a dumpster so it can be taken care of properly, not just floating around the streets.
Tip: You may want to consider some plastic gloves to make this project a little less messy. Throw those in the trash bag before tossing it in the dumpster.
3. Reuse, reduce and recycle.
A common phrase taught to children, it is especially important on Earth Day. These are technically three things you can do, this weekend and every day!
- Reuse: Use reusable grocery bags when you go shopping, and carry a reusable water bottle with you. This can cut down on the plastic that ends up in landfills.
- Reduce: Reduce your use of disposables, like paper plates and plastic silverware. This cuts down on waste entering landfills.
- Recycle: Recycle what you can – like paper, plastic bottles from Gatorade or juice, and soda cans. Even though the world of recycling is changing, you can still work to make sure you’re recycling what you can.
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