After a record-cold winter, spring is finally here and it is in full effect. With spring’s blossoming trees and clear skies, there’s no better time of year to celebrate our beloved Earth. Even though Earth Day (April 22nd) should be every day, dedicating this day to the home of everyone is a huge opportunity to educate ourselves about the environment, all while basking in nature’s perfect beauty.
But how do we go on and celebrate Mother Nature in all her glory?
Here are some ways people are embracing nature and keeping it flourishing.
For starters, there are hundreds of events happening to commemorate this earthly holiday. A quick Google search is guaranteed to show you a wide array of Earth Day festivities in your area. Most communities have dozens of volunteer opportunities such as beach clean-ups and tree planting projects. Local parks and zoo are also likely to be hosting educational events and recreational activities, which are always perfect for the whole family.
A larger event happening this year is called the A World Without Plastic, an Earth Day campaign by earthday.org. It is the world’s largest environmental movement and you can easily take part by visiting their website and registering as a volunteer. The organization also offers other large-scale projects that you can take part in, along with resources like an “Earth Day Action Toolkit” and educational articles.
If you’re looking to celebrate Earth Day with friends, a popular trend people have been doing for almost 20 years is called Geocaching. It’s an actual real-life scavenger hunt where the goal is to find containers filled with little treasures out in nature. All you have to do is sign up through geocaching.com, download the app, and go outside to explore! It’s a great way to embrace the outdoors and be one-on-one with nature and what it has to offer. Other things you could do to celebrate Earth Day with family or friends is visit a botanical garden, take a walk on a nature trail, or plan a picnic at a park. Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with Mother Nature—at no charge!
Whatever you end up doing for Earth Day, the most important thing is to remember that the reason we celebrate this holiday is to protect our only home. While growing consciousness about the environment on days like Earth Day is a huge part of the process, taking action is the first real step in making a difference, and all it takes is small changes in our daily lives.
You can make a genuine impact by just having a recycling bin and actually using it to recycle, bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, turning off lights when leaving a room, and even taking public transportation. If each and every person makes small and simple changes in their lives, we will able to call Earth “home” for many, many more years to come.
By Zack Archer