How to Celebrate Earth Day While Social Distancing

According to the Earth Day Network, on April 22, 1970, 20 million people rallied together to call for greater protections for our planet. At the time, this was 10% of the U.S. population. On this day, the world’s first Earth Day was recognized. On April 22, 2020, we celebrate 50 years a little differently. Cities across the world are participating in digital Earth Day events.

While we’re stuck at home, there are still many ways we can make a difference. Here is a list of 15 easy tips:

  1. Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products
  2. Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LEDs
  3. Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out
  4. Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving showerhead
  5. Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using
  6. Conserve water outdoors by only watering your lawn in the early morning or late at night
  7. Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork
  8. Bring reusable bags when you shop
  9. Change your paper bills to online billing
  10. Use cloth towels instead of paper ones
  11. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy
  12. Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags, and straws
  13. Change your car’s air filter regularly
  14. Plant a tree or donate a tree for $1 through the Canopy Project.
  15. Turn off lights when you leave a room

If you’re interested in Earth Day activities to inspire your children or students, Project Learning Tree has a great list here. Click here for a list of fun, planet-inspired arts and crafts.