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21 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2015
April 21, 2015
Tomorrow, April 22nd, is Earth day. Here are some ideas to celebrate and honor our earth:
- Ride your bike or walk to work, school or when running errands
- Cook a special meal that includes locally produced foods and that has a minimal impact on the environment. Choose organic beans and vegetables. If meat is necessary, try organically produced from local purveyors.
- Pick up litter in your neighborhood and local roadways. In some communities whole weekends surrounding Earth Day are used to organize a big clean up. Ask local companies to donate gloves and bags. Designate both recycling and waste bags.
- Plant a tree or spend some time in your garden. Be sure that the tree can survive in your changing climate.
- Organize a hike in a local park or preserve.
- Create a community garden. This is a great way to connect to the earth and to your community. Get growing!
- Paint an educational mural on a local building. Or use chalk to create Earth Day sidewalks and parking lots.
- Buy your mom a green gift for Mother's Day. Choose ecological lotions and bath soaps or purchase gardening tools and equipment if she's a gardener.
- Read a book. It uses no energy. Rediscover your local library if you've not been in a while.
- Look for local concerts and events. In DC the Earth Day Concert on the National Mall is the place to be. What about your city or town?
- Clean out your closet and donate to a charity or post it on a recycle board like Craigslist.
- Write a letter to a local government official. Concerned about drought? Wildfires? Worried about the fracking rig that showed up your backyard? Why not write to your legislator and be heard.
- Volunteer for an environmental charity.
- Sign up for PSR's Climate Health Action Teams (CHATs) and help advance clean healthy energy and a livable climate!
- Assess your ecological footprint and begin taking steps to reduce it. Pledge to take steps to reduce it at home and at work.
- Start a compost heap. Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can.
- Buy a carbon offset.
- Build a bird feeder for our flighty friends.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about how climate change or other environmental issues are affecting your community.
- Reduce exposure to harmful chemicals by:
- Skip antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer. If you cannot wash your hands with plain soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Try to avoid using grease-repellent coatings often found in fast food containers such as microwave popcorn bags and pizza boxes. Also avoid stain-resistance treatments found in furniture, carpets or clothing; or non-stick cookware.
- Read the labels on all consumer products particularly personal care products. And choose products with a short list of ingredients; opt for products that list ALL their ingredients, not just active ones; look for products without "fragrance" in the ingredients list. Avoid these chemicals in any consumer product- Bisphenol A, Triclosan, and Parabens.
- Eat fish -- but do it safely. Check out our safe fish guide.