Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22nd, every year since 1970. Earth Day was started as part of the Third Wave of Environmental Policy, as a response to pollution and other issues involving the environment. It continues to be a day to raise awareness of conservation and the fragility of our beautiful earth.
Here are five things to do this Earth Day, and good practices for every day:
- Head outside and go for a walk! Stroll around the block, up and down the street, take the dog, get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
- Commit to bringing reusable bags with you when shopping, and use them! Avoiding any plastic is doing a favor for the environment.
- Shop local. Groceries, clothing, etc. Shopping locally reduces excess energy spent on transportation of goods, as well as decreases the use of cardboard boxes, which are environmentally taxing to produce. Supporting nearby businesses also boosts the local economy!
- Take a picnic outside. You have to eat anyway, might as well enjoy some time in nature!
- Go exploring! Find a new hike, go for a bike ride, look more closely at one of your favorite outdoor spots. Take some time to just be in nature.