Earth Day takes place on April 22 every year and has done since it began in 1970. There are loads of events taking place worldwide in honor of Earth Day, but there are plenty of ways you can celebrate with family and friends too. Here, we have some tips to help you celebrate Earth Day in style – you might even start a new annual tradition.
The first step in celebrating Earth Day is learning more about the environment and how you can protect it. Learn about what’s happening in your area, for example there might be an organized litter pick, or you could commit to protecting a local wild area like a lake or forest.
Consuming animal products is one of leading causes of environmental damage. Many people choose to make Earth Day their first day as a vegetarian or vegan. If this is something you would like to try, you could make an extra special meal for all the family to celebrate. On a related note, using local suppliers is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Local produce doesn’t require as much gas to be delivered to your local store. If you don’t want to go vegetarian, meat from locally-reared animals is generally better for the environment than mass-produced options.
Planting trees or wildflowers is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. Planting trees is a great way to celebrate the day, as it occurs around the same time as Arbor Day. There might be an organized session in your local area, or you could buy a tree to plant at your own home. Planting a tree is a great activity to get the children involved in, and they will love to watch it grow and change over the years. Planting wildflowers is a great way to encourage wildlife to your backyard. Again, this is a great activity to for children to get involved in. They will love watching the birds and insects, and it’s a great way for them to learn the names of different species.
Earth Day is a great day to start making your yard more inviting for native wildlife. Apart from planting wildflowers, there are plenty other ways to make your yard a haven for animals and birds. Consider hanging feeders for different types of animals such as birds, bats and squirrels. You could even make your own with the kids – there are plenty of instructions and recipes available online. If you have enough space, it’s a great idea to provide a water source in your yard, such as a bird bath or even a pond.
We all know that driving is bad for the environment. It can be fun to leave the car at home on Earth Day and try a new mode of transport instead. Young children will love to take a ride on a train, or the whole family could take a bike ride together. You could even try something really new and exciting like roller-skating or riding a unicycle!
Earth Day is a great day to start making changes to your lifestyle in order to help the environment. One thing worth trying is switching to solar power. It seems like a big step, but you can actually start really small and still help make a difference. There are new devices popping up on the market every day which can help such as portable, solar power phone chargers for example. If you own your house and can afford to, investing in solar roof panels is a great idea. This can save you a lot of money in the long run, and is of course really beneficial in reducing your carbon footprint.
About the Author
Emily Dick is currently a writer for www.buzzparent.com, where she enjoys researching topics such as parenting tips and advice, as well as reviewing the coolest toys and gifts for children of all ages, from babies to teenagers.
Emily is a recent graduate of the Open University, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences. She is currently raising her two-year-old daughter, and two pet cats. Her long-term plan is to open a children’s soft play and activity center in her home town.