Celebrate Earth Day!
by Barb Hopkins
People from more than 190 countries across the planet celebrate Earth Day annually on April 22. According to the Earth Day Network, with more than one billion people celebrating Earth Day, it’s the largest civic observance in the world. Ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day include simple yet meaningful things you can do at home and in your community.
Visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional event map. Select your region and follow the prompts to locate special Earth Day events in your area. For example, in Louisiana, Earth Day activities will be held in Baton Rouge and include exhibits, environmental films and activities for all ages.
Pledge an Act of Green
At the Earth Day Network, you can pledge an Act of Green. The Earth Day Network features several great Earth Day celebration ideas such as recycling e-waste. The United States generates 50 million tons of e-waste, electronic waste such as old computers, annually. Pledge to recycle your old electronics and keep hazardous materials out of landfills.
Plant a tree
Earth Day tips also include simple green acts you can do at home like planting a tree. You can donate to have a tree planted as part of the Canopy Project, or you can plant one in your own backyard, providing a home for birds and squirrels. Consider planting a vegetable garden, growing your own produce as another green idea. Look to Kmart.com for digging shovels for tree and shrub planting and other gardening tools.