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Earth Day started back in 1970 as a way to promote environmental awareness and advocacy, and, while celebrating the earth is something we should do every day, it’s especially important to take some time today to give back in some way to the planet that gives us so much. So we’ve pulled together a few ideas to help you honor Mother Earth in your own way.
Go outside and dig in the dirt!
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Earth Day is celebrated in the spring, and that’s the perfect time to get outside and get your hands dirty as you dig in the soil and plant a garden. Even if you don’t have room for a garden, you can still plant some native flowers in pots (preferably recycled or reused!) to bring the Earth a little closer. There’s nothing that reconnects us more to the Earth than the soil and life that she provides, so try to take a moment today and feel her cool, damp soil in your hands.
Watch a documentary or read a book!
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My favorite environmentally-related film is the Planet Earth series produced by the BBC in 2006. It’s a breathtaking view of the mystery and magic of our world, and it makes for a perfect low-key celebration of Earth Day. Watching this film or others like it or reading an environmentally focused book can help prompt conversations among your family about the Earth. You can even discuss what we can do in the long term to protect and preserve it and the majestic creatures that roam her waters, air, and earth.
Take care of all those recyclables lying around!
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That old computer monitor? All that used motor oil? Those cans and bottles just taking up space? The quarter-filled paint cans from your last remodeling job? Today is the day to finally haul them off and recycle them appropriately. Most municipalities offer recycling programs for all of your non-traditional recycling, so take advantage of them and don’t let all that waste end up in a landfill.
Clean up your neighborhood!
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Take a walk around the neighborhood, and bring a trash bag along. And maybe a pair of gloves. As you walk, pick up any bits of trash that has accumulated along your sidewalks and roads. It’s all of our responsibility to keep our communities and our planet clean, and, if we don’t do it, who will? Bring the family along and use it as a lesson in civic responsibility. That way, everyone wins!
Make Earth-friendly decisions when buying your cleaning products!
Life doesn’t stop on Earth Day, so many of us will find our regular cleaning is still a part of the day. But you can turn your regular routine into an Earth Day celebration by choosing Earth-friendly and environmentally responsible cleaning products (like our great line of people, plante, and pet friendly products!). While it won’t make cleaning fun, it will certainly make you feel better about it knowing that you aren’t polluting the air that you breath or the water you drink!
Make a local, Earth Day meal!
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A tasty way to celebrate today is with food! Visit your local farmers’ market or the local sections in your grocery store, and prepare a meal sourced from local ingredients. Local ingredients are fresher and require less energy to get from their source to your table. Your family will smile with this tasty celebration, and the Earth will thank you!
Take a bike or walk!
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Today’s a great day to ditch the car! Choose to walk or bike or run or even cartwheel everywhere you go instead of using your car. If the distances you travel are too great to walk or bike, choose public transportation. Riding the bus or train gives you an opportunity to catch up on a good book or even make a new friend. Plus, the people-watching on public transportation is second to none!
Contact your local representatives!
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Environmental legislation is always a hot topic, and today is the perfect day to write a letter to your local representatives about pending or future legislation that affects the earth, water, and air. Do you live in a state that is debating the merits of fracking? Write a letter or email voicing your opinion. What about wind or solar energy? If it’s something you’re passionate about, put it in writing and send it off!
Plant a tree! (Arbor Day is April 24!)
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Arbor Day comes right on the heels of Earth Day, and it’s the perfect time to plant a tree! Choose something ornate and beautiful or something fruit-bearing and sweet. Whatever it is, put it in the ground and enjoy it for years to come! The simple act of planting a tree is a gift to future generations as well as adding a much needed air purifier to your community.
Keep it going!
Don’t let your Earth Day celebrations end today! Keep the Earth in the forefront of your mind every day as you make decisions about what to buy, what to eat, and what to do. Celebrating just one day is great, but celebrating all year long will make the biggest difference!
How are YOU planning to celebrate Earth Day?