Did you know that the very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, when 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution? While Earth Day started in the United States, it gained international recognition in 1990 — and today, more than one billion people around the world work together on Earth Day to fight for a clean environment.
How will you be celebrating? Here are ten simple things that you can do to celebrate Earth Day in your community.
Ten Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
PLANT A TREE
On Earth Day, take some time to plant something. Whether it be a tree, some flowers or some fresh herbs, you’ll not only receive the satisfaction of watching your seeds grow, but you’ll be able to reap the fruits of your labor.
ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
Celebrate our beautiful Earth, and take some time to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you take a yoga class, walk the beach or have a picnic in the park, take in your surroundings and be one with nature.
Take some time today to support local businesses. Whether it’s buying produce at your local farmer’s market, checking out a creative artisan producer down the street or dining at a locally-owned farm-to-table restaurant, know that you’re helping people in your own community and reducing your carbon footprint. (Measure your impact on our climate)
Why travel alone, when you can travel with a friend? Not only do you get to catch up, share the expenses — and travel in the HOV lane, you’re do wonder for our environment.
GO VEG FOR A DAY
We live in Florida and have an abundance of produce year-round, so why not take advantage of our farm-fresh ingredients. Grill up some vegetable, try a new recipe or share one with a friend — just remember to make those fresh veggies the star of your next meal.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. You know how the saying goes.
BRING YOUR OWN SHOPPING BAGS
Do you have an abundance of plastic bags building up in your kitchen? Why not eliminate them completely by getting some reusable bags that you can use time and time again. Bring some from home, store them in your car and you’re set for your next shopping event.
GET A REUSABLE CUP
Ditch those plastic bottles and styrofoam cups and get a plastic cup that you can call your own. Not only will it save you money and save the environment — you can say goodbye to that annoying circumstance of not knowing which bottle is yours.
While unplugging from technology is always a good idea — Do you really need to have you phone within arm’s reach? Sometimes it means more than putting your phone away and shutting down from social media. What about all of your electronics that are plugged in at home? Whether it’s your printer that you use once a week, your computer or special lighting equipment, taking a little extra effort to unplug completely will save you in the long run.
PARTICIPATE IN AN EARTH DAY ACTIVITY
Join others and celebrate Earth Day with an event happening in your community. Whether it be a Field-to-Glass Cocktail Party that we’re hosting on April 20th, a beach clean-up, or another event in your community, it will be a feel-good action that will help you do your part in helping the environment.