Today (Wednesday, April 22, 2020) marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!
While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many plans for the annual environmental event, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the occasion and care for our planet from home.
Here is a list of 50 things people can do (while social distancing) to bring greater awareness and appreciation for the planet ― both on Earth Day and throughout the year.
- Switch to a green energy provider.
- Plant a tree in your yard.
- Pay an organization to plant trees elsewhere.
- Support sustainable clothing brands.
- Calculate and offset your carbon footprint.
- Cook plant-based meals.
- Participate in the Earth Day Network’s digital 24 hours of action event.
- Contact your elected representatives to ask them to take action on climate change and environmental protection.
- Make donations to local, state, national and global environmental organizations.
- Tune in to the American Museum of Natural History’s virtual EarthFest.
- Pick up litter in your neighborhood (while following safety precautions).
- Create an organized home recycling system.
- Host a virtual celebration and ask guests to donate to their preferred environmental organization.
- Take a shorter shower than usual ― and commit to doing this more often.
- Purchase groceries with sustainability in mind.
- Contribute to Earth Challenge 2020′s environmental data collection efforts.
- Make art using recycled materials.
- Read books about environmentalism and climate change.
- Go for a walk outside in nature.
- Make a bird feeder from household items.
- Watch educational programming about environmentalism.
- Start growing your own herbs.
- Follow eco-conscious Instagram accounts.
- Participate in a virtual rally.
- Read environmentally focused children’s books to your kids.
- Repurpose old clothes you were planning to toss.
- Order from a local plant-based restaurant.
- Watch animals on your local zoo’s livestream.
- Unplug electronics when they aren’t in use.
- Volunteer for a political campaign for a candidate with an environmental policy platform you support.
- Create a “plastic swear jar.”
- Invest in eco-friendly household products.
- Learn about birding.
- Teach your children about the planet and environmentalism.
- Bring plants into your home.
- Switch to paperless bank statements and other bills.
- Launch a Facebook fundraiser for an environmental organization.
- Make your own cleaning products.
- Repurpose your food scraps.
- Plant a bee garden.
- Do a little stargazing.
- Make a Earth Day window sign.
- Post what you’re doing to support the environment on Earth Day on social media and encourage people in your networks to take similar steps.
Take this time to enjoy something you love.
We know these times can be trying on us all, mentally and physically, so why not take advantage of this little bit of extra time and use it for something you enjoy?