According to EarthDay.org, more than 1 billion people come together each April 22 to celebrate Earth Day. For my family, it’s a fun reason to get outside and do something for the environment and the community we live in.
- Pick up trash while on a walk around your neighborhood. I don’t know about y’all, but I can hardly walk my dog when all he wants to do is eat the plastic containers that litter the streets. Plus, man is it ever unsightly.
- Plant a tree…or a pot of herbs…or try to regrow an avocado from the pit. (I’ve tried this a million times and get tired of how unattractive it looks sitting there in water on my counter. If y’all have tips, I’d love to hear them). We planted a “salsa pot” for our porch–cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro.
- Read a book to your child about our planet. These are my kid’s current favorites.
- Go hiking. Or biking. Or climbing. Or just on a walk around your office parking lot. Trust me, I know from experience you can get a lot of steps in this way.
- Join the Earth Day Virtual Challenge and join a community of others taking steps to see how many times they can run the equator—24,901 miles!
- Donate to your local thrift shop. Any excuse to go through my closet (and husband’s) and purge—yes, please!
- Eat dinner al fresco. Who doesn’t like an excuse to grill and eat outside? Better yet, make it vegetarian!
- Repurpose something. I have drawers full of grubby kid clothes– bring on the tie-dye!
- Find out what’s going on in your community to celebrate Earth Day. * Chattanooga Audubon Acres is asking for volunteers to help with trail maintenance. *Join Green Steps Chatt in picking up trash for their Earth Week Litter Challenge!