The Journal

50 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day and How to Start

One person can make a difference in taking care of the earth and it doesn’t have to be just one day. We can implement these steps every day of our lives. We’ve also included the first step you can take toward changing your habits. Have fun with it!


 

Indoors

Save more electricity

First step: Turn off lights, TV, and appliances that you are not using. 

Save water

First step: Turn off the water when you are washing your hands or cleaning dishes.

Create an organized home recycling system

First step: Visit RecyclingCenters.org to find out what your municipality recycles.

Stop wasting toilet paper

First step: Buy a bidet 

Reuse containers

First step: Instead of throwing away glass containers, use them to store bulk goods. 

Cut down on paper

First step: Take notes using an app or your computer.

Get energy-efficient bulbs

First step: Switch to LED lights. They emit light in a narrow band wavelength making them more energy-efficient.

Turn down the heat

First step: Turn down the heat one degree and double-up on layers.

Flush your toilet less

First step: Follow the Australian maxim: "If it's yellow that's mellow, if it's brown flush it down."

 

Outdoors

Plant a tree or donate to an organization that can

First step: Read how to plant a tree before investing in this life-long process.

Or: donate to an organization who will plant a tree for you

Start composting in your yard or home

First step: Find the proper composting bin. You can find one at a garden center.

Go for a walk and pick up litter in your neighborhood

First step: Get gloves, a trash bag, and a face mask. 

Calculate your carbon footprint and find a way to decrease it

First step: Enter your information into the Carbon Footprint Calculator.

Start a garden

First step: Decide what you want to grow and make sure it makes sense for where you live.

Start buying produce locally from a farmer’s market or through Community Supported Agriculture

First step: Find a farmer’s market near you.

 

Online

Shop online

“E-commerce is the less energy-consumptive option approximately 80% of the time,” says LA Times.

First step: See if your favorite store offers online ordering.

Pay bills online

Paper statements create 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste per year.

First step: Choose one bill you receive by mail, go to the company’s website, and opt for electronic statements.

Cancel paper bank statements

First step: Visit your bank online or call your local branch and opt out of paper bank statements.

Get educated on climate change

First step: Read the World Wildlife Fund page about common climate change questions. 

Buy ebooks instead of paperback books

First step: Browse through eBooks.com to see if some of your favorite books are available or dive into something new.

Attend Earth Day Live

First step: Click the link here.

 

Locally

Use reusable bags for groceries, clothes, books, etc. 

First step: Buy reusable bags from grocery stores or online. Then keep them close to the front door so you don’t forget them.

Discover local trails

First step: Visit Alltrails.com to see what trails are outside your front door.

Stop wasting single-use products

First step: Use reusable containers for water bottles, coffee mugs, bento boxes, straws, and napkins. 

Drive less

First step: bike or walk instead of driving. When it’s safe again to use public transport, that’s also an option. 

Support local restaurants that source their food locally

First step: Check their website or call them to see how they produce their meals.

Buy second-hand clothes

First step: Find a second-hand store nearby through Google.

Recycle your electronics

First step: Google places that recycle electronics in your city.

 

Globally/Politically

Buy from companies with eco-friendly policies

First step: See if your favorite company’s have eco-friendly policies.

Demand a stop to all EPA rollbacks

First step: Send a message to your member of Congress.

Oppose the rollbacks to the Clean Car Standards

First step: Send a message to President Trump and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler that you.

Help save the Tongass National Forest

First step: Send a message to help prevent logging.

Help suspend action on public lands during the COVID-19 emergency

First step: Send a message to demand all new action on public lands, including auctions for oil and gas leases.

Volunteer 

First step: Offer your professional skills virtually or sign a petition to benefit environmental groups near you

Learn about the Green New Deal

First step: Join Sunrise School to meet other activists.  

Consider making a donation to a grassroots environmental group in your area if you’re in a position to do so.

First step: You can find local groups by looking up your city or state on Patagonia Action Works.

 

Creatively

Gift eco-friendly

First step: Wrap gifts in fabric and tie with ribbon or reuse things around the house.

Turn old plastic water bottles into planters

First step: Remove labels from the bottle and wash/dry them.

Make wildflower seed bombs

First step: Tear recycled paper into small pieces. 

Turn old credit cards into guitar picks

First step: Trace a pick on the credit card

Use old books as shelves

First step: Find your old books and pick the placement

Make a chair from skis

First step: Shuck your bindings

Natural branch coasters

First step: Cut sections of branches that are ½” thick

Turn junk mail to art

First step: Trace your design on the paper

 

Solo

Plan ahead before going to the grocery to waste less food

First step: Check your current supply and make a list of what you need. Stick to the list.

Repair before throwing away

First step: Check out this list for 15 things you can repair instead of replacing.

Do a 30 Day Zero Waste Challenge

First step: Start on day one and say no to straws.

Eat less meat

First step: Try Meatless Mondays.

Donate clothes and gently used goods before throwing them away

First step: Find an organization near you that accepts donations

Volunteer virtually

First step: Check out VolunteerMatch. Under the advanced search section, narrow your search for virtual opportunities in a wide range of causes, including the environment.

Adopt a house plant

First step: Check out this list of indoor plants for your house.