April 22 marks 53 years since the first Earth Day celebration was held in 1970.
Twenty million Americans took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet—and the movement caught on. Today, Earth Day is a global movement, with more than 1 billion people taking part across the planet every April 22. Turn to page 55 to find a few local Earth Day events. Below we offer a few simple steps to celebrate Earth Day every day:
- Get outside and support the Great Global Cleanup by simply picking up trash while enjoying your outdoor adventures. It is a simple way to protect our planet while you are on your morning walk!
- Reduce methane emissions by reducing your consumption of red meat. Try incorporating Meatless Mondays and go from there.
- Visit carbonfootprint.com/measure.html to calculate your personal carbon footprint and work to reduce it.
- Stock up on re-usable grocery bags and bid farewell to plastic bags for good. It’s estimated that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to produce.
- Sign up for online bill pay and put an end to paper bills. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver bills by truck.
- Ditch the single-use plastic bottles and opt for a re-usable water bottle instead. Purchase one with a filter to make it easy to have clean water on the go.
- Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving showerhead. This is a simple way to incorporate a green act into your daily routine.
- Turn off lights when you leave the room to save electricity.
- Update your light bulbs to energy-efficient models such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs), which last longer and use less energy daily.
- Ride your bike. Reduce your carbon footprint by giving your car a break for the day.
- Make a recycling plan. If you don’t already have a plan in place, now is the time to review what can be recycled and where. Learn more about how to recycle properly here.
- Watch a documentary about the Earth. Take time to remind yourself just how beautiful and vulnerable our plant truly is by watching one of the stunning nature documentaries now streaming. “Our Planet” on Netflix and Disneynature’s “Elephant” and “Dolphin Reef” on Disney+ are some great options.
Sustainability can often seem daunting. Simply making a few small, conscious choices has a larger impact than you might realize. Happy Earth Day!