How to Celebrate Earth Day
Restore Our Earth
This is the theme of the 51st anniversary of Earth Day.
Earth Day has been celebrated on 22 April since 1970 to appreciate and respect the natural world and to improve the environment.
By celebrating and being aware about the various environmental challenges our planet faces, together we can prevent the coming disasters of climate change and other environmental destruction.
To save and restore the Earth, what can you do on this year’s Earth Day?
There are so many little things that you can do to take care of our planet.
1. Clean the litter and plastic in your neighbours, parks or beaches
Every piece of trash collected to be separated into recyclables and general waste prevents it from polluting the waterways, destroying our beautiful nature and the wildlife habitats and endangering their lives.
2. Plant trees or grow native flowers and plants
As you know trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air which is the the largest contributor to global warming.
Native flowers and plants require much less water, fertilizer, and pesticides to grow, which helps decrease the water use and pollution. They also support pollinating creatures like bees, butterflies and birds that make important contributions to agriculture and are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many animals rely on for food and shelter.
3. Introduce less waste lifestyle by not purchasing single-use plastics
Single-use plastics have a huge negative impact on the environment as they will never biodegrade. They will just break down gradually into small pieces called microplastics and pollute oceans and harm wildlife.
That is why it’s really important to choose the products that are durable, long lasting and reusable.
Avoid disposable plastic items and choose your products wisely.
4. Reduce waste by Reusing, Repurposing and Recycling
Reducing waste is the key to improving our environment.
Here are some ways to decrease the amount of waste you produce.
– Only buy what you need.
– Choose product with less packaging
– Reuse product again and again
– When your product reaches the end of its life, you find ways to repurpose it by creating something new to give it a new life such as turning old t-shirt into a cleaning cloth or bags. Newspapers and magazines turn into wrapping paper, woven basket or DIY envelope.
– Bring unwanted household items to the recycling shops or charity donation bins
5. Buying locally grown food at the farmers market to reduce “food miles”
Food miles refers to the distance that food travels to reach your local supermarket. The more food miles collected during food transportation, the more fossil fuels are burned which accelerates the greenhouse gas emissions and the air pollution.
6. Eat less meat and dairy as much as possible
The more people eat animal products, the more agricultural lands will be used globally, which results in deforestation and mass wildlife extinction.
Water scarcity and water pollution through fertilisers, pesticides and animal waste are also a serious problems in raising livestock and crops.
Not only farming livestock, but also processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food you eat contribute to CO2 emissions.
7. Use transportation alternatives such as walking, riding bike or public transportation
The cars we drive are one of the leading causes of CO2 emissions and energy consumption. Walking or riding your bike for short trips create no air pollution.
Even using public transportation such as a bus and train reduces your carbon footprint because they can move more people with fewer vehicles.
8. Get kids involved
Gardening with kids and growing vegetables together help kids grow a love of nature.
Spend some time outside in nature, go for a walk and show your kids some love to the beautiful surrounds.
These assist kids to appreciate and care for our planet that we all call home.
How do you celebrate Earth Day?