The Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day’s Half-Century from Home

Celebrate Earth Day at home by doing these five activities.

During this difficult time, we’ve all had to adapt to our new normal in our own way. If there were any silver lining to come from this, it would be that with people staying at home and fewer cars on the road, things have never been better for climate change. But we still have a long way to go.

Although there won’t be any group activities this year for Earth Day like cleaning your local park, there are still some activities you can do from home to keep you busy during this time of isolation and give back to the environment.

Check out our Top 5 list for #Earthdayfromhome below:

Bring the great outdoors indoors with air purifying plants. Studies have shown that plants not only will improve air quality, but they can boost your mood, reduce stress, and fight fatigue. In addition, many have therapeutic properties. (Bonus: Many local stores will even deliver straight to your door.)

Some popular starter plants include aloe vera, great for treating sunburn and minor burns and also helps rid your home of formaldehyde. Spider plants help eliminate carbon monoxide, while bamboo helps filter benzene and trichloroethylene from indoor air.

While it’s important to stay hydrated, it’s equality important to cut back on our plastic use.

According to National Geographic’s 2019 article “How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage”, more than 1 million plastic bottles are sold globally every single minute. And bottled water requires up to 2,000 times the energy used to produce tap water, while taking at least 450 years to completely degrade.

Some companies have created boxed water cartons that are entirely recyclable, and buying a water filter and a reusable water bottle would be a great start to cutting back on plastic consumption.

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard or decent-sized balcony, now would be the perfect time to turn that brown thumb into a green one.

With summer just around the corner, imagine having some fresh veggies to snack on while not having to venture out to line up at your local grocery store! It will take some time for your garden to grow and produce food, but the benefits of being outside with some fresh air and adding a little activity to your day will be worth it.

You know all those banana peels you’ve been throwing out from all that quarantine banana bread you’ve been baking? Time to start composting! 

Currently, food scraps and yard waste make up more than 28 percent of what we throw away and can and should be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills and enriches soil, so that compost would be a great way to help kick start that garden of yours.

With everyone spending majority of their days at home right now, it’s the perfect time to make sure the energy you’re consuming is as ecofriendly as possible.

Luckily, there are many simple ways to cut down on energy consumption, ranging from using LED lightbulbs to saving on your water bill by Installing efficient showerheads and toilets. Not only will this help the environment, it will also help your wallet.

For even more ideas, check out #EarthDayAtHome with NASA. They have been bringing people together for a virtual Earth Day celebration with all kinds of information and activities.

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