12 Ways to Celebrate Earth Month!
Happy Earth Month! This April we need to go bigger than just celebrating Earth Day, we must honor Earth Month too. It is time to become more conscious of what is going on in the universe and consider things we as occupants of this earth can do to make living on this planet more plausible for all. This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Investing in Our Planet”. Let’s carry those words throughout the month of April. Think of ways you can invest in our planet to make it a better place. What would you do differently if you were held accountable?
What is Earth Month?
Earth Month is it is a time to appreciate and make positive impacts on the planet that we live on. Earth Month offers a nice reminder of how important caring for the environment is because it does its best to protect us. Many organizations around the world use this time to educate or promote on the importance of clean energy, air, water, recycling, etc. The goal is to allow people to recognize all that a healthy flowing planet does for us and things we can do to keep it sustainable for mankind, animals, and creatures of the sea to reside on for years to come. Earth Month really is the ideal time to learn about sustainability, green, or eco-friendly living. One can easily apply things that are learned to their everyday schedule so that one can make better choices which would lead to better habits for incorporating green living continuously.
12 Ways to Celebrate Earth Month
1. Get out in Nature
a. Make a conscious decision to get out in nature. Whether you sit there and do nothing or play around, have fun, laugh, jog, walk, or whatever have you get out and enjoy nature. Think of it as the universe's gift to help us all destress and enjoy time with Mother Earth, and it cost nothing to do. No excuses on why you can’t indulge in what nature has to offer.
b. Get out there and smell the roses, listen to the birds sing, watch the squirrels play.
2. Participate in a clean-up program
a. There is so much pollution in our landfills and there are so many clean-ups that go on throughout the year. Do your part and give your time to clean up your environment.
b. Clean up litter that you see and are comfortable removing.
c. Speak to others about participating in a clean-up program.
3. Alleviate food insecurity
a. There are about 50 million people living in the United States with some form of food insecurity and the number continues to grow. Before you throw out that next meal, consider who may be hungry and offer a free meal to someone in need. If you are at an event and there are leftovers, ask if the food can be donated to a shelter or to someone less fortunate.
b. Food can be recycled too. If fruit do not look sunshine good, that does not mean that it tastes bad or is expired. Someone out there may be legitimately in need of food; considering giving it away to someone in need.
a. Turn a car tire into a place to sit your plants or herbs. (Pro-Tip- paint the tire a bright color)
b. Checkout our upcycled jewelry made from bicycle tires. Yes, we like tires.
c. Turn a t-shirt into a bag, rag or a new type of shirt with color & design.
d. Turn shoe boxes into storage boxes (draw, color or paint on them).
5. Sustainable Straws
a. Stop by the online store to pick up a bamboo, glass, or stainless-steel straw. There is no need to use plastic straws a day longer. Purchase straws here
a. Be mindful of the products you put on your skin and in your surroundings. Read the ingredients and avoid if you see too many or can’t pronounce them.
7. Get rid of Plastic
a. Partake in a plastic challenge. Go an entire month without using plastic or as little as possible. Make a conscious decision to not bring anything that contains plastic into your home. Bye-bye water bottles and canisters.
b. Invest in bamboo or stainless steel utensils.
8. Shop local, Shop Small Biz
a. Reduction of air pollution and carbon emissions since the commute is cut down.
b. Support for local businesses, keeping the community growing.
c. Less packaging needed.
a. Make a conscious decision to use things that are not fully warn out. Purchase sandwich or snack bags to put such items in and produce bags for fruits and vegetables that are purchased from the local supermarket. Visit our grocer bags here.
b. Purchase one of our reusable bags to take with you everywhere you go. Visit our online store to purchase one if you have not already. Our bags are sturdy, carry up to 40lbs of goods and last a very long time.
a. If you are not using it and don’t want to recycle or upcycle it donate it. Your trash can be someone else’s treasures.
b. Donate your money, time or words to make someone's day as well as your own.
11. Grow a Garden
a. Spruce up your space with some greenery.
b. Whether using a windowsill, backyard, planters’ box, or terrace; plant a seed, water it and watch it grow. This is a great reminder that whatever we want in life we must first start by sowing a seed. Herbs, fruits, veggies, flowers, and plants are easy to begin to grow a garden.
12. Go Meatless
a. Engage in Meatless Monday’s. If you have been thinking about cutting back on meat, consider going meatless every Monday in April. If you want to do better than that, how about going plant-based for the entire month. 30 Days of being meatless is helpful to the environment and your body. Consider add more greens to the plate and some fruits too.
There are plenty of things one can do this Earth Month and Earth Day. No matter what is decided, consider how the actions you take are investing in our planet to make it a better place. This post was written to educate and inform the world of how things they do can play a part in loving on or engaging with Mother Earth on a positive level. What are some things you can do, companies you can support to show your acknowledgement of Earth Month? What habits can you change to live a more conscious, sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle? What ways can you show the planet that you appreciate it? Have Fun and Make A Difference this Earth Month!
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