Celebrate Earth Day from Home!
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and although this year’s unique circumstances mean that we cannot join in on beach cleanups or in-person planting parties, there are other ways to participate and still make a difference.
What is Earth Day?
The first ever Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, with the goal of bringing awareness to our role in protecting the world we all call home. Initially starting out as a political movement where millions of Americans protested in favor of a more eco-friendly society, over the years Earth Day has become a popular day for communities to join together to participate in activities that promote making a positive change towards the natural world.
While we are taking measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, most of the Earth Day group celebrations and cleanups have been cancelled and are now transitioning to web-based learning experiences and at-home activities.
5 Earth Day Activities You Can Still Participate In – From Home
Plant a tree. By planting trees, we are all contributing to Earth Day’s primary goal. Trees help with soil erosion and are a large contributing factor to dealing with carbon emissions.
Earth Day Virtual Paint and Sip. Live-stream with friends and family while creating art inspired by Earth Day.
Build a bird feeder. Make use of an old cardboard box or milk jug by building a bird feeder, helping out the avian population. Pro Tip: Use small bits of whole grains from bread or Cheerios in your feeder to attract the birds.
Create goals to become energy-friendly around your home. Finding ways to cut back on energy use can be easier than you think. By simply switching your old light bulbs to LED ones, or filling the dishwasher completely prior to running it, you can help lessen your energy usage.
Share on social media. Create an environmentally conscious message showing your support of Earth Day 2020 by posting a video clip to your social media feed. Sharing a few tips about the meaning of Earth Day and what it means to you may also inspire others to do the same.
The Positive Impacts of WFH on the Environment
Working from home has its many perks, but one of the most notable is the great impact remote work has shown to have on the environment.
In the United States, transportation is responsible for 28% of our greenhouse gas emissions. Air pollution is ranked as the fourth-largest threat to human health but can be easily reduced with changes in behavior such as working from home. By reducing the use of these emissions, we are also protecting the ozone layer. When taking the steps to work from home, you are not only saving on the cost of fuel, you are also helping to contribute to a positive change for the climate.
Whatever your self-isolating Earth Day plans may be, any small contribution is another step towards a healthier planet. And right now, that is more important than ever
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