Today is Earth Day; the day dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the place we call home. There are many reasons why everyday should be Earth Day, but nonetheless having a reserved holiday dedicated to our planet is a nice little reminder of what we often take for granted.
Here are 5 great ways to celebrate Earth Day:
5. Plant a Tree
Okay, so this one is obvious, but it’s still a good idea. Trees are important to local ecosystems, as they provide home/shelter and food to many different species of animals and insects. They are also beautiful and provide much needed relief from the eyesores that are manmade infrastructure. If you have the room in your yard, you should visit your local nursery to pick up a young tree.
4. If You Live In the City, Buy some House Plants
I know that not everyone has a giant yard where you have the leisure to plant a tree whenever you want—but that doesn’t excuse you from partaking in this awesome event! Head out to a local flower shop and purchase some house plants. If you don’t have a lot of sun, then buy plants that don’t require a lot of sun. If you’re a beginner to houseplants, do some googling to find out which plants would be ideal for you. If you’re super lazy, just get a cactus!
Trust me, you’ll grow to love the green in your apartment/house.
3. Set up an In-home Recycling System
If you haven’t started recycling by now, there’s still time!
Research how your town does recycling. Find out this key information:
Do they have a recycling day?
Where you put out your recyclables instead of trash?
Or do you need to take it to certain locations?
What do they recycle?
Do you need to separate, if so what goes with what?
Once you know all this, buy as many recycling “bins” as necessary. For example, my family has these kinds of bins for cardboard/paper, plastic, and cans/glass. We have to take them to certain trash receptacles in town.
2. Watch Some Environmental Documentaries
Have a Netflix subscription? Have a library card? Have YouTube? Then why not take some time to sit down and watch a good documentary?! You’ll certainly reap some good information that will make you sound smart to all of your earth-loving, thrift shopping hipster friends. An Inconvenient Truth, Chasing Ice, Who Killed the Electric Car, are just a couple you should seek out.
1. Purchase Global Warming For Beginners
Come on, you knew there had to be a plug in here somewhere, right? But in all seriousness, understanding the science behind one of the biggest crises facing human kind, will benefit you. Global Warming For Beginners is organized into five compelling sections:
Global Warming, An Introduction
What Steps Can I Take?
Working from the premise that no one can do everything but everyone can do something, the author challenges readers with experiments they can conduct to gain a better understanding of the science underlying the problems facing our planet, and concludes with a list of fifty easy actions people can choose from to start doing their part in the effort to slow or stop global warming.”
You should check it out if you haven’t already!