Earth Day is celebrated for the 43rd year on April 22, 2013. Started in 1970 as an environmental movement, Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.*
How can you celebrate Earth Day? We’ve gathered a few tips below to start your imagination flowing:
Plant a Tree
Trees secure the soil, provide natural shade and cooling, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide a natural home for wildlife.
Donate to Environmental Causes
Open up your checkbook and donate to environmental causes that you feel passionate about.
Check with your local authorities for stream clean-ups, litter pick-up and other activities where you can volunteer your time.
Educate Your Children
Do natural crafts with your kids such as building bird houses or creating works of art out of items that would normally be thrown away. Have them give unwanted toys and books to other children who could use them.
Recycle Unwanted Items
Hold a yard sale or give away items to a charity instead of putting them in the trash. Get friends together and do a clothing swap.
Clean up Litter
Organize a neighborhood campaign to clean up litter in your area. This is also a great project for scouts or community organizations.
Buy or Make Earth-friendly Cleaning Items
Vinegar and water is a tried and true solution for cleaning! Browse the Internet for other cleaning “recipes”.
Ride Your Bike
For short trips, get out that bike and get the dual benefit of a workout!
Remember that Earth Day is really every day. You can make a difference with a few small changes!