Wednesday, April 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, and while many of the celebrations may be cancelled this year, there is still lots we can do to celebrate from home. Earth Day began in 1970 in response to a worldwide environmental crisis and saw 20 million people protest in the US alone (10% of the population at the time!).
Today we continue to celebrate and advocate for the health of our planet, and the theme of this year’s Earth Day is climate action. Doing our part to help protect our environment is one of the cornerstones of our work here at A1HC, and we’re excited to share some fun and easy ways that you and your family can celebrate from home.
Join an online Earth Day event
Earth Day has gone virtual this year, and if you head to the official website, you can do a search through tons of digital events going on, including film screenings, panel discussions, tutorials, and more.
Donate to your favorite environmental cause
Financial support is what keeps all of the amazing environmental charities and organizations running, and a donation of any size helps them to help the planet. You can donate directly to Earth Day or to your own favorite cause.
Make some zero waste swaps
Making swaps from reusable to zero waste products is a simple way to do good for the environment, and as an added bonus, it can save you money as well! Take stock of the reusable items you use most often in your home (things like paper towel, plastic cling wrap, plastic bags, reusable water bottles, etc.) and see how you can switch over to reusable items. It may seem like a small step, but a little really can go a long way!
Write to your local government
Is there a change you would like to see in your local community? While we often think real change is out of our hands, we do have the power to make changes and a great way to make this happen is by writing to your local government.
Spread the word on social media
Turn to the power of social media to help spread your Earth Day plans with others. You can post your Earth Day activities, post your favorite environmentalism quotes, or share educational content that you think others may find interesting and informative. You can also connect and celebrate with others on social media via FB and IG livestreams.
Support businesses that share your values
These days there are so many amazing businesses committed to organic and environmentally friendly practices that there has never been an easier time to buy products you can feel good about. Take some time to research companies that share your values and consider making purchases from them, rather than the big box stores, next time you are ready to buy something.
Plant a garden
Our food industry is one of the most taxing industries on our environment, and growing our own food not only helps us to reduce the load but can also help us have a greater appreciation for our food supply and all of the people who are responsible for growing and delivering our food. It’s fun, rewarding, and can yield some delish and fresh food.
Whether you’re living in an apartment and have room for a herb garden or have a huge yard to plant lots of produce in, you can enjoy growing your own food right at home.