We environmentalists tend to take ourselves pretty seriously most of the year, Earth Day is no exception. Earth Day activities should be reflective, fun and easy to do. It could and maybe should also be educational. If you’re looking for a unique way to commemorate Earth Day, or to go green any day, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 Earth Day activities — some conventional, some unorthodox — to make this Earth Day one to remember. We also included our list of additional ways to help green your community, no matter what the day.
Fun Earth Day Activities
1. Plant a Tree
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This is something you can do in so many places. Graft your own or buy sapling from your local garden center.
2. Hug a Tree
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Love the nature you see around you! It is easy to take for granted. Pay extra close attention today.
3. High 5 Woodsy for His Stellar Advice (“Give a hoot — don’t pollute!”)
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He’s been around since 1971 and his message still rings true today. Learn more conservation efforts about “Give a hoot, don’t pollute” today.
4. Recycle and Compost
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Try to recycle whenever you can, wherever you are. If there aren’t recycling facilities available where you are, try to bring the refuse with you for recycling at home. Leave a special bin in your car for this purpose. New to composting? Take today to learn more about it. Remember to repurpose too!
5. Get Tips from Smokey Bear (“Only you can prevent wildfires!”)
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Take this chance to review Smokey Bear’s site for fire safety tips. With forest fires every year, these tips still reign true today as well.
6. Garden with Your Family
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You can plant a fruit, vegetable, flower, or even a plant in your yard today. No yard? Dry out a seed, and plant it in a cup in your kitchen.
7. Play at the Park
Whether it be a nature preserve or a park with playground equipment, find one, and enjoy it.
8. Go to an Earth Day Event
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Try to find a local Earth Day event in your town. It may be at a local garden center or the library. No Earth Day event? Plan one for your neighbors!
9. Pick Up Trash
Don’t wait to enjoy Earth Day activities! Picking up trash is really something that can be done anywhere, anytime. And you are making a positive contribution with each and every piece of garbage you pick up. And if you can recycle it, even better! If you have little helpers in tow, have them wear gloves, and make sure they only pick up safe objects. Supervise them so they do not pick up crushed or rusted aluminum or broken glass.
10. Spread the Word – Tell a Friend About Earth Day
Why celebrate this day alone? Involve your family, your neighbors, a club you belong to, or your community. Enjoy a pot luck at the park, and pick up trash while you are there!
Happy Earth Day from Go Green Travel Green!
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Remember, you don’t have to wait until Earth Day to partake in earth-friendly, Earth Day activities. Here are even more ways to go green, wherever you live. When we all work together, we can save the planet. Too dramatic for you? Maybe, but it’s true when you think about it. We are all about realistic ways you can reduce your impact. If we each reduce our environmental impact a little bit, collectively we can make a significant change.
1. Elect Candidates with Stellar Environmental Records
Use the League of Conservation Voters’ Environmental Scorecard to see where your senators and representative stand on environmental issues. Do your research on your local elected officials and the presidential candidates, too.
2. Volunteer in Your Community
Websites like VolunteerMatch and Idealist.org make it easy for you to find volunteer opportunities in your community that match your passion. When you come together with other volunteers, you’ll make a huge impact for your chosen organization — and your community.
3. Talk to Friends
Tell your friends and family why environmentalism matters to you. More than facts and statistics, in-person conversations are powerful tools for changing the people’s lifestyles.
4. Organize a Green Event
Take advantage of days like Earth Day to organize a green event in your community. You can put together a trash pick-up, an organic food tasting, or an Open Streets gathering.
5. Donate to an Environmental Nonprofit
To make sure your money is well spent, do your research with tools like Charity Navigator, which rates nonprofits based on criteria like financial health and transparency.
6. Shop Sustainably
7. Take Public Transit, Walk, or Bike
Taking public transportation is exponentially greener than driving everywhere. It can be a great way to experience your city and see it from a completely different perspective. Biking is another great option — you can get in shape and reduce your environmental impact at the same time!
There are so many easy and fun ways to be more green. Don’t wait for a special occasion to celebrate these great Earth Day activities. Make a difference today!