Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22nd.
If you’re looking to celebrate and give back to our pal Mother Earth, we’re here to help.
Sure recycling, turning off electronics for an hour, and going for a walk are all fun and wonderful ideas, but we’ve got some suggestions for you if you want to take it that extra step further.
1. Visit a National Park
It’s National Park Week and admission to parks is FREE on Earth Day (and also on Sunday). What better way to celebrate Earth than to explore the beautiful natural wonders it has created for us? Plus, with certain budget cuts proposed by Trump, we need to show our National Parks some love!
2. Go vegan for a day.
Here us out, please. We love nuggets and milkshakes as much as the next guy, but the meat (particularly beef) and dairy industries put a toll on our environment. Their impacts expand beyond just animal rights. Adopting a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle is certainly a challenge, there’s no denying that. But even just reducing consumption can make an impact, so give it a test run on Saturday.
3. See a movie.
In particular, check out Disneynature’s Born in China. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales directly to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) during opening week.
4. Attend a March for Science
Like the Women’s March, a giant nation-wide march is in the works for Saturday. The March for Science has satellite events across the country. Find your closest march here. The March, according to their website, “is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” If you’re angered by certain people who think global warming is a myth, this might be a good thing to check out.
5. Plant flowers to help bees
Uh-oh! Our bee population is rapidly declining. And that’s actually really bad! Bees are vital to our agricultural system. If you participated in the Cheerios Free Seeds campaign, now would be a good time for planting. If not, some good flowers to attract honeys to the yard (ha…ha…) include sunflowers, black-eyed susans, lilacs, crocus, and hostas to name a few.