Looking to make a difference this Earth Day? There are many ways you can Do Your Part to make our planet healthier. It could be volunteering, supporting local farmers, or even planting a tree. Here are Terri’s Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day to inspire you today and everyday.
1) Volunteer Where You Live
Volunteer at a park, help clean our waterways, or attend another Earth Day event wherever you live. The Environmental Protection Agency’s database searches for volunteer opportunities by zip code so it couldn’t be easier to get started right where it matters most – close to home.
2) Take the Pledge
The Earth Day Network is asking everyone to take an online pledge – stating what they’ll do for the planet. In fact, they are hoping to get people to carry out a billion acts of green. Post your pledge here and let the world know what green act you will commit to doing. It could be anything from turning off lights when leaving a room to biking to work. What will you do?
3) Get Kids Involved
We all know how important it is to get kids to involved in helping protect our planet at an early age. A new nationwide campaign called Pennies for the Planet can do just that. It’s the work of the National Audubon Society. The project gives kids all the tools they’ll need to start a penny collection campaign of their own. The money will go to help protect river rest stops for birds, boost butterfly habitats, and also to helping birds in the Gulf Coast.
4) Go Local!
One of the best ways to go green is to go local. It could be supporting restaurants which only use sustainable seafood, using native plants in your garden, or tasting the season’s bounty at a nearby farmer’s market. So how do you know what’s available right were you live? Use Do Your Part’s Local Green Guide for all the info you need – right at your fingertips!
5) Plant a Tree
Planting trees is an important way to give back to our planet. Trees remove contaminants from our air, land, and water. And there’s no better time to plant a tree than this month.