Happy Earth Day!

This annual holiday began in 1970 to demonstrate support for environmental protections. Today, Earth Day includes a wide range of events and celebrations across the earth.

While Earth Day only happens once a year, there are plenty of things you can do to help protect the earth and “go green.” We’ve compiled a list of 21 ways to help the planet & celebrate Earth Day today and beyond.

  1. Minimize your consumption of single-use plastic.
  2. Reuse before recycling.
  3. Recycle!
  4. Walk around your neighborhood and pick up litter to dispose of or recycle.
  5. Switch your lights off when you’re not using them.
  6. Use less water by taking shorter showers or cutting back on sprinkler use.
  7. Go digital! Get rid of paperwork and help the environment.
  8. Cut down on unnecessary travel.
  9. Turn your computer off when you’re not using it.
  10. Pack your own lunch to cut down on disposable packaging.
  11. Switch to low-energy light bulbs.
  12. Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store to cut down on plastic bag use.
  13. Fix leaky faucets.
  14. Unplug electronics when they are not being used.
  15. Use rechargeable batteries instead of single-use batteries.
  16. Switch to a programmable thermostat to save energy while you’re away from home.
  17. Recycle old cell phones and electronics.
  18. Walk, bike, or use public transportation for errands two miles or closer.
  19. Shop eco-friendly products and stores.
  20. Start composting your food scraps.
  21. Plant a tree!

While many of these may seem like small changes, they can have a big impact on the health of our planet and all of us who live here. Happy Earth Day!

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