5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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Happy Earth Day! Every April 22nd, people worldwide celebrate, act to protect, and appreciate all that our planet provides for us. According to the not-for-profit youth social movement organization DoSomething, Wisconsin US Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the holiday after witnessing a massive oil spill off the coast of California. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, leading to the creation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Here are five ways you can celebrate Earth Day.

  1. Ride your bike to work instead of driving your car. According to Bloomberg, research from the University of Oxford found that choosing to ride a bike over driving a car can reduce the average person’s carbon emissions by 67 percent. This activity will significantly reduce your carbon emissions and allow you to use your body and appreciate nature on your daily commute. You could even opt to take public transit, which has a lower CO2 emission than single cars.
  2. Make a bird feeder or house out of materials you already have at home or in your yard. You can make a bird home and feeder out of anything from a half-cut orange to a broken teacup. Check out this slide show from Country Living which shows 13 DIY ways to make bird feeders with items you already have at home.
  3. Plant flowers and trees. One of the best ways to combat climate change is to fight deforestation. This problem isn’t exclusive to the Amazon rainforest. According to the organization Tree People, trees can help us in many ways, such as preventing soil erosion, providing oxygen, creating habitats for wildlife, and cooling our cities and streets.
  4. Let your voice be heard. Join a climate movement like the one led by Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg. She started School Strike for Climate, also known as Fridays for Future, which has become an international climate strike where children skip school on Fridays to protest fossil fuels and show support for combating climate change.
  5. Participate in a trash pickup. Whether you live by a beach or a park, you can easily take a bag with you and collect any garbage, trash, or debris that might be left behind. From food wrappers and straws to cans and toys, there are plenty of things humans leave behind in nature that can harm animals. Collecting litter can help the animals and inspire others to do the same simple task.

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