It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. ― Rainer Maria Rilke
On April 22nd each year, people around the globe take the time to recognize and honor Earth Day.
The mission of this ever-important campaign is to create the world’s largest environmental movement and also create a new paradigm. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmarks Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and many other groundbreaking environmental laws, soon followed. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in more than 190 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. (1)
Next year, April 22nd will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
It’s truly up to each of us to be the catalyst that will propel an unprecedented, worldwide co-creation of positive change. So, what can we adults do to honor our precious earth today, tomorrow, on Earth Day, and all the days thereafter? Check out the list shared below.
Here Are 5 Simple Ways Adults Can Honor Earth Day:
Take Some Time to Appreciate Nature:
Go outside and breathe the fresh air. Walk barefoot and feel the earth beneath your feet. Go for a nature walk and keep track of how many different animals and creatures you can find. Hug a tree, and while you’re there, take a moment to appreciate and reflect on all of the things you’re grateful for.
Honor Our Planet Right in Your Kitchen:
Get creative and make some yummy treats and/or drinks inspired by nature. From “dirt pudding,” planet shaped cake pops, to mason jar salads, there’s always something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. (2)
Have Yourself A Fresh-Herb Cocktail Party:
Fresh-Herb Cocktails? Yes! There are a ton of yummy drinks that are made or infused with plants, flowers, and herbs that you would never know unless someone told you. Check out a resource for recipes at the end of this article. (3)
Do Something Green Today:
Is your home green, and earth-friendly? There are simple things you can do to make your home greener. It may sound easier to spring for those cheap incandescent lightbulbs, but just know that the $20 box of LEDs can last up to 13 years each! Definitely worth the switch. (4)
Lower Your “Foodprint.”
Did you know that if the entire U.S. did not eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road? Holy moly that’s an unbelievable statistic, but the truth! Take the pledge to join the “Meatless Monday Movement,” and save the earth in a real way just by limiting your meat consumption! (5)
It’s definitely not a secret that our planet is in dire need for all of us to show up in a real way and the time is now. All of the tips shared throughout this article can be implemented any day, not just on Earth Day. If we all truly took the time to love and cherish our planet, this world would be a better, healthier place to live for us and our future generations.
How do you plan on doing your part to honor Earth Day on April 22nd? Please share your ideas with us in the comments section below!
- (1) https://www.earthday.org/about/
- (2) http://vanillaandlace.blogspot.com/2010/04/earth-day-cake-pops.html
- (3) https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/8-fresh-herb-cocktails/
- (4) https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/energy-saving-tips-to-make-your-home-more-eco-friendly
- (5) https://www.earthday.org/take-action/cutting-your-foodprint/
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