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!

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