This Friday, 22 nd of April, is Earth Day, which means that for one whole day, countries all around the world host events to show support for the protection of the environment. This year, the “Paris Agreement” for climate protection is due to be signed by the US, China and more than 100 other countries. While we think that every day should be Earth Day because hey, this is our only planet and it’s pretty darn amazing, we have compiled a list of ways to make this Earth Day truly special.
1. Plant some trees
Since this year’s theme is Trees for the Earth, why not celebrate the day by planting a tree? Or join a group of volunteers and plant trees together? They make areas more beautiful, they become the habitats of various species of insects and animals vital to our ecosystem, they make us healthier just by looking at them and they give us that blessed oxygen we need to survive! Trees are really amazing and we could never have too many of them.
2. Go guerrilla gardening
If you haven’t heard of it before, guerrilla gardening is basically gardening on land which doesn’t belong to you – so like planting seeds to grow flowers or vegetables in an abandoned plot of land, or in a public park, or in a pot on the sidewalk. Activists have been doing this to recapture unused land which is just wasting away, and using that land to produce fresh food for the community. Other people plant bee-friendly flowers to attract bees which are essential for pollinating and the survival of the human race.
3. Go meat-free
It’s a well-known fact that meat production is one of the worst pressures on the environment today. Going meat-free for one day, or even a week, month or year if you can manage it, will help to reduce your carbon footprint on the planet.
4. Have an Earth Day Party or Picnic
Can you go a whole day without electricity? Why not have a nice barbecue with some tea lights and candles, or a picnic with someone playing on the acoustic guitar? Play some card games, maybe a bit of twister, whatever takes your fancy. Who needs the internet when you have a pack of cards, friends and some yummy food?
5. Go hiking and camping
What better way to enjoy Earth Day than to be truly at one with nature? By hiking and camping in nature, we are reminded of what is at stake if we don’t stop hurting the environment. Grab your old walking boots and a friend and take to the nearest hills or lake. If you live in the middle of the city, take a walk in a park or along a river.
6. Take action
Whether it’s signing a petition online or spreading information about environmental protection, you could spend the day by getting more people on board with protecting our beautiful home.