Earth Day Activities and Ideas to Make an Impact Every Day

Earth Day Activities and Ideas to Make an Impact Every Day

Earth Day, which falls on April 22nd, is more than just one day. The Earth exists every day, so let's make sure we think about it for all 365 days of the year!

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There’s that saying ‘Make Earth Day, Every Day’. Yes, it’s cliche, but before you roll your eyes or click away, just bear with us. We won’t bore you with all the global warming, climate change statistics, but this stuff is important. You don’t have to be a tree-hugging hippie to take part in Earth Day. And we aren’t talking about clicking the Google animation for the day or watching some Discovery Channel. We've put together some activities and ideas that you can easily do on Earth Day, or in fact every day! Sorry to be cliche again, but it’s true what they say, every little bit helps

10 Earth Day Ideas

10 Earth Day Ideas

  • Plant native bulbs

Plant native bulbs

Beautify your garden and help the Earth. Win-win for everyone. When you plant flowers and other bulbs, make sure they are native species. Some plants designed for other regions or countries can be invasive and actually hurt the environment. This will also help the declining bee population and clean the air up a bit too, by adding more oxygen into the air.  

Did you know?

In the United States, about 3 million acres are lost to invasive plants each year.

  • Recycle electronics

It’s pretty easy just to take your old phone or other random useless electronics and just throw them in the trash. The problem is that those metals and other electronics parts not only fill up landfills, but also contaminate the ground and the water. What you can do instead is find a location to recycle them. Many stores now have bins where you can put old batteries, light bulbs, and other electronics to be recycled.

Did you know?

We get rid of (trash or recycle) 142,000 computers and over 416,000 mobile devices every day.

In 2012, we created over 3 million tons of e-waste in the U.S.

  • Get a reusable water bottle

Not only will this save you money, but it will also save the oceans. There are millions of pieces of plastic floating around creating plastic islands in the oceans. And plastic takes thousands of years to decompose, so if you can, get a reusable bottle. If you're concerned about the quality of your tap water, there are bottles that come with in-built filters. And for those who like sparkling water, products like SodaStream are a great way to make any drink carbonated. 

Did you know?

The US uses about 50 billion plastic water bottles a year.

Creating these bottles uses 17 million barrels of gas. 

  • Avoid using pesticides

If you don’t like bugs, pesticides can seem like the way to go. But pesticides don’t just kill annoying pests, they harm helpful insects like bees and ladybugs. They also irritate people and animals who eat or touch the plants. If the chemicals are powerful enough to kill insects, they can’t be that great for you. Instead, try essential oils or planting other flora and fauna that wards off insects naturally. 

Did you know?

Every year the US applies over 1 billion pounds of pesticides. That is about 3 pounds per person.

  • Turn off lights and unplug devices

Save electricity. It helps to save the world and your bank balance. Enough said. 

Did you know?

Americans consume 26% of the world’s energy.

The cost of lighting is about 20% of all the electricity used in the US. 

  • Cut down on meat consumption

Cut down on meat consumption

Woah. Woah. Woah. We know. How could we ever say such a thing? We would have to pry steak and bacon out of your cold dead hands. Simmer down. We aren’t saying you have to become vegetarians or vegans, just maybe skip the burger next time you are out. The cattle industry clears forests for pastures and increases carbon emissions. Not to mention that it takes a lot more water to produce beef products than it does to produce fruits and vegetables. But if, you can’t skip the steak, maybe try to skip dairy. Take a deep breath. You can do this. 

Did you know?

It takes more than 9 times the amount of fossil fuels to produce one calorie of meat protein than it does for one calorie of plant protein.

  • Carpool karaoke

James Corden isn’t the only one who gets to carpool karaoke. Start a carpool to and from work and you and your friends and coworkers can get in on the fun. While we don’t recommend biking karaoke, riding bikes to work can also help the environment (and your health). 

Did you know?

For every 100 people who carpool, over 1,000 pounds of carbon monoxide and 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide are prevented from entering the atmosphere every year. 

  • Try reusable bags

Using those free plastic bags at stores can be a hard habit to break. They are free. They are convenient. But they are also very wasteful and consume a lot of resources to produce. Next time you go to the store try to remember to take a reusable bag with you. 

Did you know?

160,000 plastic bags are used every second.

5 trillion plastic bags are produced every year.

  • Buy local

When you buy locals goods, you are not only helping local businesses and farmers, you are also helping the environment. Products that have to be shipped over long distances consume a lot more energy than ones that are from right around the corner. 

Did you know?

Every year, the US ships over $2 trillion worth of products from over 150 countries. That is 2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. 

  • Plant trees

Plant trees

Trees are great. They provide shade. They improve our health. They make us feel better. And they also help the environment. If you aren’t able to plant trees, you can buy tree certificates, which help protect and plant trees in other places.

Did you know?

20 million trees produce 260 million tons of oxygen and remove 10 million tons of carbon dioxide. 

So, when you think of Earth Day, celebrate it in ways that can make an impact every day. These Earth Day activities and ideas might require some new habits, but they can make a huge impact for future generations.