During this global pandemic, many people have found solace in the outdoors. Whether that means taking up virtual forest bathing, kicking a soccer ball to a roommate six feet away, or changing your Zoom background to a beach, we are all more aware of how we interact with the green spaces around us.
Earth Day, coming up on April 22nd, is usually a day to get outside, hike with friends, volunteer at a park cleanup, or plant a garden. While those may not be possible this year, ACCP has come up with 10 ways to bring the Earth into your home.
- Donate to your favorite environmental conservation organization. During this unique time, nonprofits are relying on public donations to continue their great work.
- Listen to scientists, advocates, and celebrities at Earth Day Live, a special three-day virtual event that brings environmental education and collaboration to you. Alternatively, pick an environmental movie to watch. We love Planet Earth, Wall-E, March of the Penguins, and The Lorax.
- Get the kids involved. Have a company-, neighborhood-, or school-wide art contest where kids of all ages can draw or create their favorite outdoor place, what their garden would look like, their favorite animal, or their solution/invention to mitigate an aspect of the climate crisis.
- Get outside (with your family/roommates) and backyard camp. Pitch the tent, sleep under the stars, or play yard games. Make s’mores in the microwave and bring them out to picnic.
- Engage in citizen science and put your research skills to use! Check out apps like Earth Challenge and iNaturalist to crowdsource scientific research.
- Get the kids involved part 2. National Geographic has great resources for kid- (and house!) friendly science experiments and education.
- Start an indoor veggie garden from food scraps. You’ll be able to grow everything from garlic to lettuce for future meals.
- Make a sustainability pledge for your coworkers, family, or yourself. Pledge to eat less red meat, use reusable water bottles, start composting, and more!
- Plant trees (and shop) from your couch with TenTree. This environmentalist-led clothing company plants 10 trees for every item bought. So far, they’ve planted more than 42 million trees.
- Take a socially-distanced walk. In most areas, we are lucky to still be able to get outside. Ignoring the phone, getting fresh air, and taking a mental and physical break from quarantine will leave you refreshed and grateful to live on this planet.
This year’s Earth Day may look unique, but we can still make a difference by supporting scientists, educating the next generation on the climate crisis, and contributing to environmental research. What’s your company’s plan to celebrate Earth Day in a virtual way?