How Can You Celebrate Earth Day
Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, putting environmental concerns on the front page. Today worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
How You Can Take Part
Learn more about the environment.
Earth Day is a good time to make a commitment to learning more about the environment and how you can help to protect it. Read articles to get up to date on the current issues affecting the environment, like pollution, water shortages, and climate change.
Join an environmental group.
Think about the issues that concern you the most and if you haven’t done so already, join a local group that undertakes activities to help protect the environment in your area.
- Host clean-ups of local bodies of water and their shores
- Fight air and water pollution
- Plant trees and install community gardens
- Protect habitats under threat of getting developed
Spread the word.
Talk to your parents, friends, teachers, siblings, and anyone else you’d like about the issues you care about most. Here are a few ways to educate others about the earth:
- Give a speech at your local library on how to compost with worms
- Take a group of children down to the recycling center to show them how things are recycled
- Offer to teach your office colleagues how to make environmentally-friendly choices at work during lunch hour
- Get a group of friends to wear green and brown. When people ask you why you’re dressed like a tree, take the opportunity to talk about Earth Day.
Welcome animals into your yard.
You can do a lot for the creatures of the earth starting in your own yard or neighborhood.
- Instead of mowing the entire yard, leave a few sections unmowed toward the edge of your property. Bees, butterflies, and many other insects will find this inviting and you don’t have to worry about any coming inside.
- Install a bird feeder or a hummingbird feeder. We’ve even had bat feeders as they eat pesky mosquitos.
- Provide a source of water, like a birdbath or a small pond. Besides helping wildlife, I find water to be very relaxing and tranquil.
- Remember the bats I mentioned? Many other creatures such as snakes, frogs, squirrels, and lizards are also beneficial.
Since Earth Day roughly coincides with U.S. Arbor Day, planting trees is a popular Earth Day activity. Trees help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean pollution, help prevent erosion and provide homes for many birds, insects, and other animals.
Also as we are now into Spring and are warming up from the winter, you may notice trees around you that have succumbed to damage. Prune any broken branches, repair torn bark or rough edges around wounds, and let the tree begin the process of wound repair.
Go to an Earth Day fair.
Kids love fun activities even if centered around learning. Many local schools and venues host Earth Day events for the whole family to enjoy. It’s the perfect day to get together for a fun and educational celebration of the earth. Many also donate funds towards a local environmental restoration project or to an environmental group. Activities can include:
- Children’s earth-themed artwork
- Healthy/locally grown foods to eat
- Animal care demonstrations (including wildlife rescue)
- Games for the children made of recycled products
- Musicians and actors performing environmental music and skits
- Stalls for recycling unwanted treasures and books
- Local environmental organizations presenting their issues and wares.
Enjoy Earth Day entertainment.
This can be an easy way to get younger kids involved and don’t even have to leave your home. Thanks to the internet you can search for Earth Day song lyrics, movies with an Earth Day theme, Documentaries or even some sitcoms.
A favorite of ours is the Dineynature films. And just in time for Earth Day Disneynature released the very first trailer for the upcoming big-screen adventure PENGUINS which will open in theatres in time for Earth Day 2019!
About the Film:
Disneynature’s all-new feature film PENGUINS is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind BEARS and CHIMPANZEE, Disneynature’s PENGUINS opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.
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What do you plan to do for Earth Day? As my husband loves Penguins, I know where we’ll be next year!