“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
–Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Earth Day turns 50 this year! While current public health and safety precautions require physical distance between us, there are many ways to get involved from the comfort of your own home. Individual actions make a collective difference for the health of our planet and the well-being of Californians and their communities.
Here are some of the practical actions you can take at home to mark 50 years of hard-fought environmental progress.
- Discover Virtual Eco-Events: Given current social distancing requirements, many traditional Earth Day public events and community cleanups are being replaced with digital rallies and virtual events. Take a few moments to search for online Earth Day events throughout the month of April. Learn about different virtual Earth Day events or get the word out about a digital event you organized by following and tagging CalEPA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Tell Trash to “Take a Hike!” Start your own informal cleanup. in accordance with local public health and safety guidelines If you’re able, take a casual stroll through your neighborhood while adhering to social distancing protocols, and safely pick up litter along the way.
- Pledge Allegiance to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Sign or create a pledge for your school, office, or apartment building. Simple things like choosing reusable water bottles and coffee mugs help conserve resources. You can also pledge to reduce your food waste or find creative ways to reuse materials rather than buy new.
- Exercise Your Green Thumb: If you were thinking of re-landscaping, now is the perfect time to pick out some drought-tolerant plants. Not only will they reduce the amount of water you use, they’ll also purify the air and reduce carbon emissions.
- Waste Not, Want Not: Challenge yourself to a zero-waste day. Pack your lunch in reusable containers, don’t buy anything that has disposable packaging, and use a cloth napkin. Who knows–it might lead to a recurring habit!
- And the Winner is …Give awards, services, or gifts to friends and family members who live a green lifestyle all year round. They will appreciate that you noticed their efforts, and it will encourage more of the same on their part!
- It’s Time to Par-tay! Host a zero-waste family dinner party! Who needs guests? Break out the good (reusable) silverware, glasses, and cloth napkins. Try Some Spring Green-ing: Donate your time or money to an environmental organization. You can even do some spring cleaning with earth-friendly products and donate your unused items to charities to prevent landfill waste, all while helping someone in need.
- Break it Down Now! You can compost organic waste and return it to your garden.