What is Earth Day?
Earth Day has become one of the most widely celebrated environmental events across the globe. On this day, events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Currently it is celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. It was originally celebrated at Spring Equinox around 21 March every day but now the United Nations has designated 22 April as the International Mother Earth Day. Earth Day Network coordinates this annual day across the globe.
Earth Day is all about appreciating the uniqueness of our planet Earth with its incredible biodiversity. On this day various national and international activities are conducted to understand the biodiversity and how should we protect our nature – plants, animals and environment.
Below are a few ideas to help inspire your Earth Day celebrations + your journey thereafter. Enjoy friends!
- Buy Organic Products
We’ve all heard the saying, “buy” local, and at times it can be a tough task to undertake. I get it; I don’t always “buy” organic, local products.
- Use Reusable Bags
This to-do is a no brainer and one that’s easily achievable.
- Participate in a Local Event
While this is a fun task and one that can be incredibly rewarding, I also understand that it’s nerve-wracking to step outside your comfort zone. I encourage you to enlist your friends, family members, or partner to join you.
If you can’t find a local event nearby, gather friends and family and create your own event! You can easily register your event via the Earth day website & hopefully attract more of your community to lend a helping hand!
- Donate or Plant a Tree
Because the Earth Day organization is striving towards 7.8 billion planted trees by 2020, I’m thinking we should all hop on this train (for all of our well-being)
- An estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost to deforestation each year (roughly the size of Panama!
- This loss is responsible for up to 15% of greenhouse gas emissions.
- In a single tree’s lifetime, it will – generate $30,000 in oxygen, recycle $35,000 worth of water, and clean up $60,000 worth of air pollution. Holy hell – I had no idea trees were so busy during their lifespan, but damn – they’re killing it!
- Spend the Day Outside
And lastly, the easiest Earth friendly celebration to-do of them all – GET YOUR BUTT OUTSIDE. At the very least, step outside your home in the morning, take a deep breath into your lungs and exhale with a loud sigh – recognizing the utter beauty that surrounds us and being incredibly thankful that we’re all a part of it.
Let’s band together and work towards creating a more beautiful, environmentally friendly, conscious minded planet. The more each individual participates, the stronger our entire community is for today, tomorrow, and the coming years.
Wishing you a Happy Earth Day!