On April 22nd, our world will come together to remind each other that our planet is a precious gift. It’s time to reflect on our environmental impact and head towards positive change. Although many people believe that major actions are needed in order to save our planet, it is true that we, as individuals, have countless ways to make a positive difference. Let’s explore ten easy ways that anyone can do to live up to our special Earth Day!
- Reconnect with Nature: Step Outside and Embrace Outdoors
Earth Day is coming up, and what better way to celebrate it than by going outside and (re-)connecting with nature? Our world is beautiful. How lucky we are to live in such an environment! It is a great opportunity to take some ‘me-time’ and get inspired to protect our planet. It doesn’t matter if you go for a hike, ride your bike, or just take a sunbath – make sure you go outside!
- Be a Community Hero
I’m sure you’ve already noticed how every year, people across the globe come together physically to promote environmental responsibility. A good way to take initiative yourself is to organize a local clean-up in your neighborhood! That is a fantastic chance to make your community greener and cleaner. Additionally, you’ll get to know like-minded people and learn about eco-friendly practices. So what are you waiting for? Grab a handful of volunteers, identify areas that need a clean-up, and buy some gloves and rubbish bags. When doing this with your friends or family, you’ll save the planet while having so much fun!
- Eat Green, Live Clean
You must be incredibly hungry now that you’ve cleaned up your area. Your next action is to prepare a plant-based supper at home. Consuming organic and regional vegetables will support neighborhood farmers while assisting in the reduction of transportation-related emissions. Fresh vegetables are simple to find at your neighborhood grocery shop. Don’t worry if you’ve never had a plant-based meal; we’ve got you covered! Start by cutting and stir-frying your preferred vegetables. Lentils, quinoa, beans, and your preferred seasonings can be combined in countless ways to make a delectable dinner. Be original!
- Limit your Carbon Footprint
Earth Day is not only a day to honor our planet, but also a reminder to adjust our lifestyles to protect it. One of the easiest ways to do so is to limit or avoid any CO2-intensive means of transportation. There are numerous eco-friendly ways to travel! You can stroll around on foot or ride a bike for some exercise and fresh air. Public transport is also a great way to reach your destination – and it’s usually cheaper too! When a car is unavoidable and you like being social, try carpooling or services like Uber. Using these methods reduces the number of vehicles on the street, resulting in fewer emissions.
- Be Mindful for Your Electricity and Gas Consumption
You know what happens when you move, for example, walking instead of driving as mentioned before? Your heart rate goes up, meaning you should be warmed up. There’s no need for using your gas heating today! What a wonderful coincidence!
Many people aren’t aware of how much electricity and gas they actually use. Today is the best time to finally take a look at how much we’re consuming. You won’t believe how small reductions can lead to huge savings. Start by switching off your devices and appliances or swapping your light bulbs for LEDs. Not only will your bank account thank you, but the planet will too!
- Get Your Hands Dirty: Gardening, Composting and Plant Adoption
Remember the first thing I told you today? No? It was about going outside in nature.
Now imagine having your own piece of Mother Nature at home! It doesn’t matter whether you have a large garden or small balcony, even the smallest flower will do good for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Plus, growing your own food will definitely level-up your plant-based meals by 100%.
If you don’t have space for a garden, then why not buy yourself an indoor plant or two?
Indoor plants are great for improving the air in your home and bringing color and liveliness. And maybe consider making a compost bin if you don’t already have one. Composting is a useful technique to minimize waste and provide your landscape with rich nutrients.
- Create a Plan for The Next 6 Months on How to Reduce Your Footprint
This year’s Earth Day is on April 22nd. It’s a Saturday, so no need to get up for work. It means: Having enough free time to generate your 6-month Master Plan to reduce your footprint! This could include anything from reducing your water consumption, switching to eco-friendly cleaning products, or even eating fewer animal products. You could also make the tips mentioned here to be part of your daily routine.
Start small and slowly include new habits into your life. Every little change makes a difference – So let’s join together and start this challenge!
- Sustainable Minimalism
What do you find if you open the old cabinet in your basement?
I bet it isn’t something you urgently need. So, this Saturday is the perfect day to give someone in need those old books, clothes or furniture, which have been accumulated over the years.
- Don’t Your Ripped Up Jeans Deserve a Second Chance?
You remember the old days when you played hide and seek with your friends, until you suddenly fell and ripped your jeans? Luckily, clothes can be fixed.
Has it ever occurred to you that you can also fix and reuse your torn clothes? Not only will your money be saved, but the amount of waste will be drastically reduced. Keep that in mind the next time you are thinking about throwing away your clothes!
- Be active and plant trees with Active Giving 😉
Last but not least, make the best of your sport activities by tracking them with Active Giving. Each action towards our wellbeing can have a positive impact on a cause you care about. Go go go Team Active Giving!