According to EarthDay.Org, the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, inspired 20 million Americans — at the time, 10% of the total population of the United States — to take to the streets, parks, and auditoriums across the country to participate in rallies to raise awareness of environmental concerns. These issues included oil spills, power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, and the loss of wilderness.
In 1990, Earth Day went global, with 200 million people in over 140 countries uniting for environmental issues. Today, Americans celebrate this day in many impactful ways. Here’s How You Can Make a Difference on Earth Day.
Consider Alternative Energy Sources
Take another look at alternative energy sources for your home. Solar, geothermal, and wind energy options are becoming increasingly affordable.
Check out a Homeowner’s guide to going solar.
Ride a Bike
Leave your car home for the day. Earth Day is the perfect day to get your bicycle out of mothballs and take it out to run a nearby errand or two. Talk to your co-workers about starting a carpool for work.
Revisit Your Re-Cycling
Update your home’s recycling center and expand it to include separate bins for plastic, aluminum, and cardboard.
Organize a Simple Litter Pick-Up
Organize a litter pick-up day with your family and friends and make it “kid friendly.” Walk around your neighborhood and local parks and pick up local litter. You know there’s plenty of it out there, and remember to wear heavy-duty gloves and recycle what you gather.
Plant a Patch
Another kid-friendly contribution is to plant a vegetable garden. A vegetable garden is something your family can enjoy later. If your outdoor space is limited, consider a simple herb garden using pots and other garden containers. Check out some great container garden ideas on our blog.