When spring finally starts to roll around, everyone gets excited to be outside. The weather warms up and nature begins to bloom once again. You can toss your winter coats in the closet and go outside for a peaceful nature walk, or start up your favorite outdoor activities again, like cycling or hiking. There are plenty of reasons to enjoy being outdoors in the spring, but for many people, there’s one big reason to celebrate.
Every year in April, eco-warriors across the globe determine how to celebrate Earth Day! It’s one day out of the year where people are thinking a little more about how to lead slightly greener lives. Every little effort counts in the fight against climate change and global warming, so celebrating the Earth is a great way to get more people involved. For those who try their best to live green every day, it might not seem like anything but a typical day, but others may need some inspiration.
You don’t need to be a hardcore environmentalist to figure out how to celebrate Earth Day. Check out some easy ways you can join in on the big day this year.
Leave Your Car at Home
Even though it’s something you use every day, your car does more damage to the environment than you might think. Just 1 gallon of gas emits 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, leading to roughly 6 tons emitted every year.
This gas hurts the environment because it contributes to global warming, which results in melting ice caps and rising sea levels. For Earth Day 2018, leave your car at home and bike or walk to work if you can. If it’s too far, carpooling with a co-worker works too!
Switch Out Your Cleaning Products
Sure, that bathroom cleaner does wonders for your tiled shower, but have you thought about what it does to the Earth after it gets washed down your drain? Harmful chemicals like ammonia and nitrogen can get into waterways and farmland, hurting crops and people.
Instead, try to switch out your current cleaning solutions for eco-friendly products. Your impact on the Earth will be kinder, and you may even save some cash while going green.
Check Your Faucets
You might not have a lot of money to spend, but you can still go green for Earth Day 2018. All you have to do is walk around your home and check your faucets. Even the tiniest leak in a faucet wastes a lot of water.
If your sink dripped once for every second of the day, you’d waste 5 gallons of water, or 2,082 gallons per year. Take out your trusty wrench and see if you can find any leaks in your indoor and outdoor faucets. You’ll go green without spending a dime.
Rethink Your Laundry Detergent
Some people use the same laundry detergent for years without actually thinking about what it’s made with. As long as it smells good and cleans well, it’s fine, right?
You may want to think again. Many laundry detergents have nonylphenol ethoxylates that are toxic to marine life, which makes it even worse when you consider that those chemicals and others are being washed down the drain on a daily basis by millions of people.
Instead, stretch Earth Day into a whole new lifestyle by checking out some examples of green products. You can compare each one to your budget to see which one is best for you. Some might save you money, but they’ll all give you more peace of mind when you wash your next basket of dirty clothes.
Stop By a Local Event
There are many towns and cities that will put on events to celebrate Earth Day. Whether your town is throwing a massive picnic, hosting a 5K or putting on a parade, get involved! You never know who you’re going to meet and what you could learn.
Organizations are often there to inform visitors about topics that you may not have heard about before. Research to see if anything is happening in your community that you could take part in.
Befriend Some Animals
Climate change is not only hurting people, but animals, too. They’re losing homes and food resources, so be a friend and help out the animals that live in your neighborhood. Get the family together to build birdhouses to put up in your backyard or install feeders for squirrels. They’ll love discovering new places to find food and shelter, and you’ll love getting to see wildlife in your yard every day.
If you’re trying to figure out how to celebrate Earth Day this year, you don’t have to struggle any longer. You don’t need a giant budget or to run a club in order to make a difference. Doing little things to go green can minimize your carbon footprint and help you be kinder to the Earth.
Talk with your friends to get them involved too. You’ll all be able to think of more ways to go green and get involved with local groups to learn more and make a bigger difference. It all starts by reading up on what you can do on your own to go green. So this Earth Day 2018, do what you can transform those efforts from a celebration into a lifestyle.