Living on earth is a pretty good thing; you get to see the sun rise, the sun set, wonderful rainfall, beautiful rainbows and beaches. The earth has indeed given us so many things to cherish about. So, the least we can do is to celebrate Earth’s day.
Opt For Walking or Riding a Bike
Leaving the car at home for the day will decrease harmful carbon emissions. And, trust me, one day can make a difference, but committing to walking or biking more frequently in the future is even better! If your daily commute is too far to walk or bike, consider these environmentally friendly alternatives:
- You can opt for buses, trains or shuttles as these are public transportation.
- Carpooling with colleagues, friends, or classmates
- Consider purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicle in the future.
Go Out and Enjoy the Nature of Our Wonderful World
Spending time in nature is a simple and enjoyable way to commemorate Earth Day! There are numerous ways to enjoy the great outdoors, so choose one that fits your schedule and lifestyle. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Hike the nature trails in your neighborhood park.
- Visit a bird sanctuary.
- Visit a botanical garden in the area.
- Plan a day at the beach with your friends or family.
This simple act will have a long-term positive impact on the environment. It only takes a few minutes to plant a tree, but it can have a significant impact. Trees are important because they help to save energy, clean up pollution, prevent erosion, and provide a habitat for a variety of birds, insects, and other local wildlife.
- Choose a tree species that are native to your area. If you’re unsure, ask a staff member at your local nursery or garden center.
- It is recommended to select the best planting location as per the tree’s needs, dig a suitable hole, and water the tree thoroughly to give it a good start.
- Usually, Earth Day coincides with Arbor Day in the United States, so see if your community is hosting a tree-planting event and join in.
- If physically planting a tree is out of the question, there are other options! Instead, consider donating to a reputable environmental non-profit that will plant trees on your behalf.
Pick Up Litter
You can do this as an individual or as a member of a local community group. Taking your time to pick up any litter you see while out and about on Earth Day is both beneficial and simple. Many local environmental groups host larger events where you can join a team to clean up litter on roadways, highways, and neighborhood streets, so see if your community is hosting anything.
Choose Flowers That Are Indigenous to Your Area
Restoring native plant life will attract native birds, pollinators, and mammals.
Wildflowers are extremely simple to grow—many wildflower seeds can be freely scattered because they will take root on their own and require no care. However, make sure to read the instructions on the seed packet! Plant or scatter seeds in your garden, backyard, or along nature strips and highways.
Note: Plant milkweed and brightly colored wildflowers to attract Monarch butterflies.
White, yellow, blue, and purple blooms attract bees. You can also plant foxglove, honeysuckle, or lilies to attract hummingbirds.
Consume Locally-Produced Food
It is much better for the environment to eat locally grown food. Locally grown food, for example, does not need to be transported long distances to reach grocery store shelves. You will also be helping your community by supporting local farmers.
Create a Bird Feeder
This is an enjoyable project for children of all ages. Starting in your own backyard or neighborhood, you can do a lot for the creatures of the earth. Some of the best ways to attract more wildlife to your area include installing bird feeders and birdhouses. Make a bird feeder out of milk jugs or use recycled materials for a simple project. Here are some more suggestions:
- Provide a birdbath or a small pond to attract wildlife.
- To attract bees and butterflies, leave sections of your lawn unmowed.
- Set up feeders for bats, squirrels, hummingbirds, and other local wildlife.