Top 4 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
The environmental movement that has recently involved Washington DC talk of a Green New Deal began in 1970. April 22 is Earth Day every year, to commemorate the anniversary. Pollution caused by factories filled the air back then. Many things have gotten better, though much remains to improve. The following are some of the top ways you can celebrate Earth Day.
1-Get Out in Nature
Instead of staying cooped up in your house or running small errands in your car, get outside and enjoy the earth and all that nature provides. There’s something wonderful about being in nature. In fact, there are many benefits. The following are a few of the advantages of spending time in nature:
- Exercising is easier and more enjoyable when you’re outside with the trees, grass, and flowers.
- Studies show that children in elementary school are less prone to develop nearsightedness if they spend more time outside.
- You get a nice energy boost. According to research, being in the open air for 20 minutes provides a brain boost similar to drinking 8 ounces of coffee.
- Your immune system is improved by being outside. Scientists say that white blood cell levels are increased when you breathe the chemicals in the air that plants produce. One of the jobs of white blood cells is to help us fight off infections and diseases.
2-Use Reusable Grocery Bags
You are helping the earth when you bring your own reusable grocery bags to the store with you. Plastic bags aren’t biodegradable. In fact, it takes up to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to break down! Each year, ingesting plastic causes the demise of 100,000 turtles, a million birds, and countless sea creatures. Plastic bags cause all sort of problems. For instance, because they are so lightweight, they often float out of landfills and block storm drains, get caught in tree branches, and pollute coastlines.
3-Turn off the Lights
It may not seem like much, but limiting the amount of electricity you use adds up and contributes to earth-friendly efforts. Limiting the amount of fossil fuels consumed is a genuine contribution. If you use a Nest thermostat to minimize energy usage, you keep your home comfortable plus reduce your carbon footprint. Once per week, eat by candlelight, keep the television off, and live without lights, like everyone had to do until Thomas Edison invented electric lighting in 1882. By 1925, about 50% of all U.S. homes had electric power. These days, it’s tough to imagine what people ever did without electricity, but it can be fun to explore what it was like, for earth’s sake.
4-Swap Toys and Clothes
Instead of going out and buying everything you need brand new from the store, organize swaps in your community. The amount of discarded possessions can be reduced if we would work out trades and pass on our things to others when we’re finished with them. In addition to old-fashioned garage sales, you can use neighborhood apps, such as Let Go, to buy, sell, and trade used items.
How Will You Celebrate Earth Day?
Being more earth-friendly probably should be something we do year-around. But in the meantime, will you be celebrating earth day? If so, how?