Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Every year on April 22, people around the world take action to amplify environmental solutions. Making small changes to your daily life can have a compounding effect over time. A little change goes a long way!
1. Listen to Sustainable in the City
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2. Walk through your house and unplug items not in use.
3. Build or volunteer at a community garden.
Community gardens give our food insecure neighbors access to healthy options, and have a range of social benefits, like increased community connection and improved mental health. The can help you get started in your neighborhood, or you can learn all about the fundamentals of edible education at an . There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities at , and other .
4. Lower the temperature on your water heater.
5. Use your food scraps in broths, soups, and other new dishes.
6. Switch to energy-saving lightbulbs.
7. Eat food from local sources.
8. Refuse disposable cutlery with your takeout.
9. Spend time outdoors.
10. Transform your old items into new, reusable accessories.
11. Look for opportunities to recycle and compost at work.
12. Plant a tree.
Earth Month is a great time to teach young people about sustainable living.
13. Take kids your kids to a recycling center to foster a sense of shared responsibility.
14. Create a recycling center in your classroom to model sustainable behavior at school.
15. Help students create environmental lessons for their peers.
16. Host a neighborhood clothing or toy swap.
Gather with friends and neighbors to children's clothes, toys, plants, garden equipment, or even unused cosmetics. It keeps these items out of the landfill and in the long run reduces emissions from the production of new items.
17. Collect rain water to water your plants.
18. Take public transit.
19. Try a meatless day of meal planning.
20. Join or start a green team.
21. Arrange an office-wide carpool day.
If your coworkers are also your neighbors, consider riding to work together. Carpooling is another great way reduce personal vehicle emissions.
22. Schedule or attend one of our workshops to learn about turning your space into a lab of learning.
are available to nonprofit and for profit organizations on a sliding fee scale based on the size of your group. You can also register for Sustainable Classrooms, which gives educators the confidence, tools, and community to bring sustainability education into any classroom, or join as an organization to shared best practices for workplaces.
23. Join us at Centennial Park's Earth Day celebration.
24. Use reusable replacements for everyday items.
Choosing reusable items cuts down on waste, and these days there is a reusable version of most household items. You can take your own container for restaurant leftover or take your own reusable bags to the grocery store. Most coffee shops will serve your favorite brew in your favorite reusable coffee cup, and reusable water bottle come in a wide variety of options.
25. Support brands that are certified Benefit Corporations.
Voting with our dollar is a wonderful way to show our values and support businesses that give back to our planet. Benefit Corporations, B Corps, are held to the highest standards in social and environmental sustainability, meaning that for each dollar spent at a B Corp, you’re investing in a better future for all. Check out this list of to help your workplace develop a more eco-friendly purchasing policy.
26. Use environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies for spring cleaning.
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27. Organize a neighborhood clean up.
28. Contact your legislative representatives to ask for effective climate action.
29. Unsubscribe from junk mail.
30. Donate to an environmental cause you care about.
It’s imperative that we protect local trees, wildlife, and natural areas. Urban Green Lab and other local nonprofits mentioned on our list function as a direct result of your passion and action.