Since Earth Day was first held on April 22, 1970, it has grown into the world’s largest civic event. One of the positive results of this movement has been the establishment of a strong set of federal and state regulations that have been quite successful in improving our water and air.
Even though Earth Day celebrations and cleanups may be postponed or canceled due to social distancing measures, there are things we can do individually to mark this milestone. Or at the very least, as we deal with living in isolation, this milestone can allow us to take a breath and appreciate the natural world in our own unique ways. Some ideas to consider include:
- Learn about renewable energy: Many city organizations are hosting live webinars on renewable energy. Most webinars are free, but registration is required—check your local city’s energy authority to see what’s available.
- Learn about the history of environmental regulations: The U.S. EPA has some great resources you can find here.
- Connect via social media with others on Earth Day. Share social media photos and images of your participation, using the hashtag #EarthDayAtHome. You can share a special science activity, an art project, a tree or plant outside your window, a new addition to your garden, or whatever inspires you.
- To help get you started, NASA has collected activities, videos, special programs, and other materials to help you observe “Earth Day at Home” with their Earth Day 50th Anniversary Toolkit.
- Start small: There are several small changes you can make at home to help the environment. Examples include:
- Reducing the amount of water you use.
- Researching new plant-based recipes.
- Recreate your favorite family recipes with plant-based alternatives.
- Conduct a plastic audit in your home. Count how many plastic containers, wraps, bottles, and bags you purchase for your kitchen and bathroom.
- Find more ideas here.
Using our 34 years of experience helping business and government with environmental regulations, the BAI Group will continue to provide you with the support you need. Our team is working remotely to assist you in any way we can. Stay safe.