Here you can see some ideas of environmental commitments that you can do through Earth Day and for the rest of you life, to make a difference at a time when our planet needs help.
– Start a pledge board at work or at school
Use a whiteboard or provide a pad of Post-its for people to record their environmental pledges for the year. Ask friends and co-workers to make small changes – “I won’t leave the water running while I brush my teeth,” or “I will turn the lights off when I leave a room” – and then to post those pledges for all to see. Working together boosts accountability!
– Attend an Earth Day fair
You’ll get the chance to test environmentally friendly products, eat locally grown food and chat with people who are making a difference when it comes to the environment.
– Get plugged into a group
Joining an environmental group is one of the best ways to get involved in the global cleanup effort. Make a donation, put in some volunteer hours, or simply learn about the environment.
– Make a recycling plan
Know what you can and can’t recycle, and start separating out those cans and bottles!
– Fix those leaky faucets
Drip, drip, drip. You’ve put off repairing that leaky faucet project for some time now. Make a beeline for the hardware store! Only 1 percent of Earth’s water is drinkable, and our supply is slowly running out. Earth Day should prompt you to stop wasting water and fix those leaks.
– Plant a tree
Simple. Effective. Easy.
– Find a carpool service
Taking cars off the road is one of the best ways to combat climate change. Find people in your area with whom to share morning and afternoon commutes.
– Give up bottled water
Bottled water consumes huge amounts of fossil fuels to produce and transport, and most of those recyclable water bottles end up in landfills. Get yourself a refillable and permanent water bottle to carry with you. You’ll save money on the cost of all those water bottles, too!
– Start buying local
Locally grown food is easier on the environment. You’re also supporting local farmers, and they’ll thank you for it!
– Go paperless
Bills come in many forms, mostly on paper. But many bill-paying services offer an option to pay online. Make a point to go paperless.
– Make a birdhouse
Birdhouses can be installed around schoolyards or even sold to raise money at an environmental fundraiser.
– Make a play garden
This is a space for kids to get their hands dirty. You can help them plant various flowers, vegetables and more. They’ll love watching them grow and tasting the fruits of their labor.
– Write a letter to your local representative
Reaching out to elected officials and voicing your concerns over local environmental issues is one of the best ways to have your voice heard.
– Organize a community cleanup
Get a group together to clean up your local park, schoolyard or beach.
– Walk to school/work
It keeps you out of the car, and it’s great exercise!