Earth Day is a day that we celebrate each year in the US on April 22. The day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, and it helps us to focus on environmental awareness.
There is not just one Earth day. Another is celebrated on the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere (or the first day of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere). This usually falls on March 20 or March 21.
We celebrate Earth day in order to make us more aware of our environment. Often Earth day and the term “going green” go hand and hand.
What can we do to celebrate Earth Day? Here are a dozen easy ways that you can help to celebrate this day. Most require no more than just a little bit of your time. Why not choose a couple to celebrate this year?
1. Support Local Farmers
This is one thing that you can do on a weekly basis. Just shop at your local farmer’s market. Not only will you end up with food that tastes better, you will save money and support your local economy.
2. Plant a Tree
A few years ago, I saw an advertisement from Arbor Day Foundation which gave out 10 free trees with a membership. I had so so luck with them, but this Hawthorne tree is going quite well. It’s about 6 feet tall now but the trunk is split. In retrospect, I wish I had just bought one decent size tree, so I could choose the trunk, but the main point is…planting a tree is a great way to celebrate Earth day, no matter where you get your trees.
3. Clean up Litter
I have a lovely walk that I do around my neighborhood. It has a road that is lined on one side with trees. Unfortunately, some “not so ecology minded” people use it as a place to throw their litter. I often take old grocery bags with me on my walk, especially on trash pick up day, and just collect the litter as I walk. Then I dump it into trash bins waiting for pick up. This gives me a pleasant walk the next time and gets rid of the litter too. Try it, it makes you feel great to do this.
4. Make an Earth Friendly project
There are so many projects out there that you can do. Why not recycle at the same time? This cute Kitchen herb garden uses recycled Mason jars and took no time at all to make. I made use of the unused jars and got a cute herb garden kitchen display at the same time that I can use each time I cook. And the food tastes so much better with fresh herbs too!
Okay, we can’t always do this, but there are many times that a bicycle can be used instead of a car. It will save gas, decrease your carbon foot print and also get you in shape. Dust off that bike and start using it!
6. Shop and Pay your bills online
Writing checks use paper. Paper uses trees. Sign up with your bank to pay your bills online. It takes just a bit longer to do but the savings over time if we all do this will really matter and you will save the cost of a stamp as well. And while you are at it, shop online too. Don’t get in the car and use gas to go shopping. Almost everything you can buy in a store is available online and many smart online venues also offer free shipping.
7. Update your light bulbs
Yes, they do cost more but energy saving bulbs really do last much, much longer. I have some in my lamps that are used daily which have not been changed for several years. The overall cost is much lower and save energy too.
8. Start a Compost Bin
Compost bins are a great way to use up all sorts of garden and household waste, including kitchen scraps. They give you wonderful compost to use on your garden beds and save space in our landfills because you won’t be sending as much trash away with rubbish collection. Even if you don’t have an actual compost bin, you can do what I did a few years ago and use a rolling compost pile. It’s actually my favorite type of compost bin because it breaks down so quickly!
Many of us are in the habit of letting the water run much longer than it needs to. It only takes a few minutes to get hot. Try to conserve water by not letting it run while you brush your teeth, or letting the shower water run a shorter time before you hop in. Every little bit helps.
If you live in the city limits, chances are that you have recycle bins provided by your city. Use them. Rinse out cans and put soft drink bottles in there. Add your cardboard refuse and junk mail flyers to the bins. The environment will thank you.
11. Write a Letter
This one takes just a few minutes but might make a difference. Write a letter to your local congressman or congresswoman. Tell them what is important to you. (for me it is GMO labeling!) They won’t do anything about the issues unless they know that they are important to a lot of their constituents. Do this today!
12. Go Organic
More and more large grocery stores now have organic vegetables and some stock antibiotic free chicken and free range eggs. My local Kroger store has a big range and they often send me coupons so that the price ends up being closer to that of their not so healthy options. I buy grass fed beef from my Local Whole foods when it is on sale, and the cheaper cuts of meat are actually just as tender as the more expensive normal cuts. Don’t use “it’s too expensive as a reason not to buy the organic versions. Just be a smart shopper.
My friends in the Garden Charmers joined me to celebrate Earth day too. See how each of them celebrates this eco-friendly day, that is dear to all gardeners.
- Kill Them With Kindness / Celebrating Earth Day | Lynne – Sensible Gardening & Living
- Earth Day Inspiration | Jacki – Drought Smart Plants
- Earth Day Projects For Kids | Melissa – Empress of Dirt
- Earth Day | Judy – Magic Touch & Her Gardens
- Natural Garden Remedies for Earth Day | Shelley – Sow & Dipity
- DIY Eggshell Planters | Amy – A Healthy Life For Me
- Attracting Beneficial Insects to the Garden | Stephanie – Garden Therapy
- 12 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day | Carol – The Gardening Cook
- Earth Day ~ 50 ideas to Green Our Lives & Communities | Barb – Our Fairfield Home & Garden
- Planting a Honey Bee Friendly Garden | Tanya – Lovely Greens