Earth Day 2015

5 Creative Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Make an impact on April 22!

Earth Day is coming up on April 22 and it’s the perfect excuse to take some time out for the planet on which we tread. Here are five creative ways you can celebrate Earth Day.

Private Community Clean-up

You don’t need to join an organized effort to make an impact. Instead, find a neglected park, swamp, street, or community center and pick up litter. If you’ve noticed your neighborhood is looking less-than-pristine, just stay close to home and lend a hand.

Remember to bring rubber gloves, garbage bags, buckets, and tongs – sharps can be hidden in shrubs – and spend a couple of hours with friends and family completing your own beautification project.

Hour of No Power

In a world where everyone is attached to their devices 24/7, a simple hour without power can be a struggle.

For Earth Day, unplug your appliances, mobile devices and anything with a cord, and see how long you can hold out. Spend your time reading, taking a walk, or hanging out with similarly device-less friends. Or just enough the respite from the daily grind and bask in the glow of silence.

Challenge yourself to go more than an hour. For the super-keen, make it a weekly ritual and reap the benefits when your bills arrive in the mail.

Discover Your Green Thumb

Few urban-dwellers harvest their own food, but there is something satisfying about cultivating a meal from the garden to your own dinner plate.

Celebrate Earth Day by building a garden at home. The beauty of growing tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes is that they require minimum space and don’t die easily.

Garden centers at home-supply stores, like Home Depot, have experts on-hand to give garden newbies guidance.

And the best part? If climate-related apocalypse predictions end up coming true, you’ll have a food source to make it through.

Meatless Meal

Studies show that red meat is more environmentally devastating than the production of any other kind of meat. According to numerous studies, raising cattle uses 28 times more land and 11 times more water than for pork or chicken.

Because of those numbers, science says that giving up red meat is a more effective way of cutting carbon emissions than giving up your car (because cows emit a lot of methane!).

For Earth Day, help the Earth incorporating a meatless meal (or two) into your weekly routine.

Long-term Efficiency

Are your clothes a little damp when exiting the dryer? How much water is your shower head really spewing? Are you still using incandescent bulbs?

Invest in energy-efficient appliances or appliance modifications for Earth Day 2015, and make the switch to LED lights. You’ll use less energy for daily activities like laundry, showers, making coffee, and food prep–and your wallet will thank you.

Which of these are you going to try?

Sarah Gray is PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, and sister companies You Move Me and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. She’s known for her can-do attitude, whether it comes to communications or home improvement projects. Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.

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