Earth Day is a global event celebrated every year on April 22nd, with the aim of raising awareness about the environmental challenges facing our planet and promoting sustainable practices to protect the earth's natural resources. The theme for Earth Day 2023 is "Invest in Our Planet," which highlights the importance of investing in our environment for a sustainable future.
Investing in our planet means taking concrete actions to reduce our carbon footprint, protect biodiversity, conserve natural resources, and promote sustainable practices. It requires a collective effort from individuals, governments, and businesses to create a more sustainable and equitable world for everyone.
Here are some ways you can invest in our planet all year long:
Reduce waste, opens a new window and energy use, opens a new window: Encourage your family to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and consider composting food scraps and yard waste to create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. Turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use, and consider switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances.
Learn about sustainability: Watch documentaries or read books, opens a new window about environmental issues, or explore online resources like the Earth Day Network to learn more about ways to make a positive impact, opens a new window.
Support local wildlife:, opens a new window Take steps to support local wildlife by installing bird feeders, birdhouses. Planting a garden, opens a new window with native plants is a great way to support local biodiversity. Choose plants that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, and avoid using pesticides or herbicides that can harm these important species.
Spending time outdoors is one of life's simple pleasures. Whether it's a walk in the park, a hike in the woods, or a day at the beach, being in nature can help us feel more relaxed, refreshed, and connected to the world around us. Here are some ideas for spending more time in nature this earth day:
Take a walk or hike:, opens a new window Walking or hiking is a great way to explore local parks or nature reserves and get some fresh air and exercise. Bring a field guide, opens a new window to identify local flora and fauna, or simply enjoy the beauty of nature., opens a new window
Have a picnic:, opens a new window Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic in your favorite outdoor spot. Instead of going out to eat, have a backyard picnic with locally sourced, sustainable foods. Use reusable plates and utensils, and compost any food scraps or waste.
Go bird watching:, opens a new window Bird watching is a fun and educational activity that can be done almost anywhere, from your backyard to a nearby park, opens a new window or nature reserve.
Try water activities: Kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding are great ways to explore local waterways and get some exercise while enjoying the outdoors.
By being mindful of our impact on the earth every day, we can make small changes that add up to create a significant positive impact. By taking responsibility for our actions and being mindful of their consequences, we can create a more sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.
Explore the reading list below to learn how investing in our planet is helping the environment.