If I’m honest, Earth Day nearly always catches me by surprise (especially when it’s on a weekday). I like to tell myself it’s because I focus on sustainability and earth-friendly behavior 365 days a year, but it’s probably more to do with the time of year. Spring always seems to ramp up in busyness and Earth Day sometimes becomes an after-thought.
But being an after-thought doesn’t mean I don’t want to celebrate it. Here are five last-minute ways to celebrate clean air, water and land on our planet this Earth Day.
5 Last-Minute Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
- Shop Local: Head to a local farmers’ market for fresh produce, meat and more. Why?Transportation by shipping produces emissions of 1 billion metric tons of CO2 and uses 11 billion gallons of fuel each year internationally. Buying from local businesses (from food and beauty to clothing and accessories) can help reduce that over time. Plus, how fun is it to actually see where your food comes from and chat with the farm owners?
- Spend Time In Your Garden: Till the soil and plant some new native flora or herbs. Plants and trees do wonders for our oxygen cleanliness (in and outside the house!) and as a bonus, gardening can be an incredible stress reliever.
- Donate to Earth Day: Whether you are most concerned about endangered species, our disappearing forests or climate change, the Earth Day Network has an array of organizations and projects that would love your support. Put your money where your mouth is!
- Go Vegan and Plastic-Free for the Day: And then consider doing it once a week. Why? Because meat production emits more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector, and producing just a half a pound of hamburger emits as much CO2 as driving a 3,000-pound car 10 miles. And the EPA has estimated that the United States has produced 11.9 million tons of plastic packaging and 90 percent of that went into a landfill after being used only once. Gross, right? We can do better!
- Join Earth Day Network’s Campaign for 2020: The goal is to reach 3 billion acts of green by the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and all it takes it one act at a time. I’m looking at YOU.
Learn more about Earth Day and events on April 22 at earthday.org.