Earth Day is officially here!
And 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. Get Educated
If you’re not quite sure how to explain climate science to your friends, take a cue from Camila Cabello and check out Al Gore’s documentaries An Inconvenient Truth and An Inconvenient Sequel.
4. Buy Eco-Friendly
We often associated products that are environmentally friendly with a high price tag, but that’s no longer the case. We’ve collected a list of vegan, plant-based, and cruelty-free household and beauty products that you can actually afford here.
5. Plant Flowers to Help the 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 honey to the yard (ha…ha…) include sunflowers, black-eyed susans, lilacs, crocus, and hostas to name a few.