Last month we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, when 20 million Americans took to the streets to demonstrate against the impacts that 150 years of industrialism had on the country. A lot has changed since April 22, 1970, and the focus of this battle has shifted to the climate crisis, with the stakes getting higher every year. Although we could not physically mobilize together this year, the heart of the cause and our duty to do our part for the Earth remains the same.
There are many ways that you can continue to help our planet from your home or while maintaining physical distancing rules:
- Plant a home garden or a tree. Planting produce at home is a fun activity and can save you a future trip to the store, helps pollinators, and provides cleaner air. But make sure to avoid harmful pesticides.
- Buy local produce. This not only helps reduce pollution incurred by transporting goods a long distance, but also supports local business in this trying time.
- Throw away less. Ideas include skipping the plastic utensils when you order takeout, only buying what you’ll use, and recycling and composting when you can.
- Host a solo clean-up day. Picking up litter locally is a great way to remain physically active. Remember to put on your gloves, mask, and maintain a safe physical distance.
- Donate if you are able to. Research your favorite environmental organization and contribute to their work.
- Learn and share the knowledge. With more free time on our hands, now is the perfect time to read up on environmental issues and solutions.