This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the international holiday dedicated to protecting our planet Earth. While Earth Day is just one day out of the year, it is nevertheless meant to inspire people to continue practicing eco-friendly ways for the other 364 days. From big to small, here are some ways you can celebrate Earth Day both on April 22 and beyond.
Walk or ride a bike
Our cars are some of the biggest sources of pollution that we have. So, this Earth Day, keep the car in the garage for the day and break out your sneakers or bicycles instead. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you’ll also be helping your health by staying fit and active.
Make your home energy efficient
Our homes are a huge source of energy waste. In fact, up to 40% of American energy usage comes from our homes and businesses. To reduce our carbon footprint, then, we have to reduce how much energy we use. We can do that by investing in energy-efficient appliances such as LED lightbulbs or installing programmable thermostats.
By absorbing CO2 from the air and replacing it with oxygen, trees clean the air of many harmful pollutants. Even planting just one tree can go a long way in protecting our environment. Even if you can’t plant a tree yourself, you can support organizations that plant trees around the world such as #teamtrees and One Tree Planted.
In order to have a truly big impact on our environment, we have to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and switch to cleaner forms of energy. One way to do this is by investing in solar panels for your home or business. Plus, solar energy can not only save the planet, but it can also save your wallet by being a cheaper form of energy compared to fossil fuels.