Let’s face it. This is a pretty awesome planet we live on. From the highest mountain top to the bottom of the ocean floor, Earth serves up stunning beauty, amazing creatures and of course everything we need to live our lives. And while we probably should be appreciating Earth every day, we tend to get caught up in our busy lives and don’t give it much thought.
That’s where taking care of the Earth comes in. The value of designating a particular Earth Month is that it encourages us to take time to reflect on all that Earth provides us – because if we take our planet for granted, it might not be here for us forever. Earth Month is a perfect time to make a commitment to making small changes to take care of our precious planet, but we can celebrate it everyday. And since warmer weather has finally arrived, anyday is a great day to get out and enjoy the great outdoors!
There are so many ways to celebrate the Earth. Here are 5 easy suggestions just to get you started. I’m sure you can think of a few more!
Organize a trash pickup
Trash always seems to accumulate over the winter and spring is a perfect time to clean it up. A neighborhood trash pickup can be a fun social event and is a great way to get the kids involved in cleaning up the planet. All you need is a pair of work gloves and a trash bag and you’re ready to go!
Take a hike
There’s nothing like spending time outdoors to help you appreciate Earth’s beauty. Maybe you take the whole family on a day trip to a national or county park. Or head to a local nature preserve for a walk in woods. If you are short on time, take the kids on a nature walk around the neighborhood to see what you can find. Whatever you decide, getting out in nature will do you good.
Make a vegetarian feast
Do you know that every time you choose to eat a vegetarian meal, you are reducing carbon emissions on our planet? That’s because producing vegetables takes a lot less energy than producing meat. Whether you do Meatless Mondays every week, or just swap veggies for meat occasionally, it will make a difference. And eating vegetarian does not have to be a sacrifice – there are so many yummy ways to create meatless meals! If you are in need of ideas, the Stonyfield recipe archives has tons.
Bike to school or work
As warmer weather kicks in, it’s a perfect time to ditch the gas-guzzling car and get where you are going by bicycle instead. Maybe it’s once a week or perhaps you make a commitment to biking for the rest of the season. Not only is biking better for the planet but it’s great for your health as well!
Go on a thrift store shopping spree
Shopping will never be the perfect solution for saving the planet, but if you shop at the right stores, you can definitely lower your impact. Buying used (or pre-loved!) extends the life of products and keeps them out of the landfill. You’ll be surprised at how many great quality, useful items – from clothing to baby gear to household and yard items – you can find at a thrift or consignment store. Plus, you’ll almost certainly pay less, which makes the win for the planet all the sweeter.