Nine Tips for Observing Earth Day 2020: Small Changes That Impact the World

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Caring for the environment is important year-round. However, April 22 encourages everyone to demonstrate support for environmental protection by observing Earth Day 2020.

Given the current situation regarding COVID-19, you may be wondering…

  • Is it worth celebrating Earth Day this year?
  • Are there ways to observe Earth Day from home?
  • Can anything I do now really make a difference?

The answer to all of these questions is yes. 

Although individuals and groups may be handling this year’s event a little differently, observing Earth Day is still in your best interest. 

Why?

Because even from home you can make small changes that impact the world. And since Earth Day 2020 is especially significant, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to have a real effect on the planet and those who call it home.  

Why Is Earth Day 2020 Significant?

For starters, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the event! 

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans decided to take action in response to oil spills, smog, water pollution, and other environmental issues. They protested activities that were harming nature and demanded change. As a result, a number of new environmental laws are now in place in the United States, prompting other countries to follow suit. [1]  

However, this isn’t the only reason Earth Day is of special significance this year. It is also because our planet needs us now more than ever. 

Air, water, and soil pollution are still major causes for concern. Although there are major efforts to address these issues, we can do more to prevent further damage and leave a legacy for future generations—even in the midst of COVID-19.

The Challenges We Face in Observing Earth Day This Year

There is no question that the current pandemic does pose some challenges in observing Earth Day 2020.

  • Community-wide cleanup initiatives aren’t possible. 
  • In-person educational workshops canceled.
  • Many national parks remain closed to the public.  

However, that doesn’t mean observing Earth Day is impossible. It just means you need to shift gears and look for ways to celebrate the event in your home or neighborhood.

Nine Tips for Observing Earth Day 2020

Even with social distancing measures in place, you can still celebrate Earth Day 2020 by doing your part to help the environment. Additionally, you can learn more about why it’s so important to care for our planet—and teach the little ones you may have at home. 

With that in mind, here are some tips for observing Earth Day 2020…

1) Look for Ways to Conserve Water

Water is one of our most precious natural resources, so it is crucial that you do what you can to conserve it. The good news is there are plenty of ways to cut down on the amount of water you use. 

Kick off Earth Day 2020 by taking showers instead of baths, collecting rainwater for plants, fixing any leaky faucets, and cleaning small amounts of dishes by hand.  

Additionally, though it’s important to follow CDC guidelines for handwashing during the current pandemic, be sure to turn off the faucet while soaping up. 

2) Create a Compost Bin in Your Backyard

Composting is a great way to recycle organic materials. It prevents trash such as plant trimmings, vegetable peels, eggshells, shredded newspaper, and coffee grounds from ending up in a landfill and releasing excessive amounts of methane gas. Further, it gives you a natural fertilizer that helps plants thrive.  

To celebrate Earth Day, get to work on setting up a compost bin in your backyard. Also, use it as a teaching opportunity by showing your children which materials can go in the bin. 

3) Reduce Your Electricity Usage

Another way of observing Earth Day 2020 is to begin reducing your electricity usage. In doing so, you can decrease power plant emissions that pollute the air. 

Consume less power in your home by…

  • Unplugging electronics at night
  • Relying more on natural light
  • Lowering your water temperature
  • Closing doors and windows
  • Turning off the TV when you’re not watching it

4) Add Wildlife-Friendly Elements to Your Yard

Turning your yard into a welcoming place for wildlife is a fun Earth Day activity for adults and kids. Plus, it benefits the critters in your neighborhood. 

Give birds a place to rest by building a simple birdhouse. Feed the local squirrels by hanging a pinecone smothered in peanut butter and birdseed. Provide a refuge for frogs by adding a small water feature. Encourage hummingbirds to visit by installing a feeder filled with nectar.   

5) Start Gardening

If you don’t already have a green thumb, there is no better time to develop one than now. In addition, it’s a great way to observe Earth Day, while also a safe activity you can enjoy at home during this time of social distancing. 

Plus, gardening offers a number of benefits…

  • Growing some of your own produce assists in reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Planting flowers helps support pollinators. 
  • Putting in trees and good ground cover prevents soil erosion. 

If you are lacking in space, don’t worry. Even an herb box on your balcony or windowsill is a great start. 

6) Explore the Beauty of Nature

Although you may not be able to get out as much due to the current pandemic, you can still explore the beauty of nature and celebrate Earth Day. This is important, as it will give a greater appreciation for everything around you that helps us survive and thrive. 

And, as long as you follow CDC and local guidelines for social distancing, you may be able to walk around your local park or hike the nearby trails. You could even take to your backyard with a telescope to observe the night sky!

Additionally, there are opportunities to explore nature beyond your neighborhood without leaving the comfort of home. Many national parks have begun offering virtual tours online, which is a great activity for both kids and adults.     

7) Decrease Waste by Reusing and Recycling

As a means of observing Earth Day 2020, make a pledge to decrease waste in your home by reusing and recycling. Doing so is not only beneficial for the environment but also helpful during a time when you may not be able to travel to the grocery store as often. 

Here are some suggestions:

  • Recycle plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass in a standard recycling bin. 
  • Collect old batteries and electronics to bring to special centers in your area. 
  • Choose reusable water bottles, straws, and shopping bags.
  • Use cloth towels instead of paper. 

8) Gather with Eco-Conscious Friends Online

Despite the fact that in-person gatherings are discouraged at this time, you can still get together with eco-conscious friends online. And you should! Observing Earth Day 2020 this way allows you to stay connected and maximize your efforts toward helping the environment. 

Consider starting a group where members can offer tips, share resources, and plan activities for the coming months. 

9) Support Companies That Help the Environment and Others

You may not realize it, but your purchasing choices have a tremendous impact on the world. 

That’s why you should aim to support companies that help the environment and others—companies such as Dead Sea Moringa…

For every bottle of Dead Sea Moringa sold, we are able to plant a moringa tree in a food-poor region. This act of tree planting offers a number of environmental benefits. Plus, it assists people across the globe in getting the nutrition they need to lead healthier, happier lives!

Of course, we know that times are tough. That’s why we are offering our 60-count bottle of Dead Sea Moringa for 50% off the normal purchase price for a limited time. 

By taking advantage of this sale, you get a cost-effective way of supplementing your diet to ensure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs. And in the process, you play a role in promoting sustainable farming practices and supporting innovation in agriculture

In Summary…

Although the COVID-19 outbreak has affected us all, it has also presented us with a unique opportunity. We can use this time to make small changes that impact the world. As a result, we can emerge from this crisis with a greater appreciation for the planet and our fellow residents.

So, follow the tips above as a guide for observing Earth Day 2020. Use this upcoming event as a springboard for launching new eco-friendly activities and habits within your home.   

And consider purchasing a bottle of Dead Sea Moringa to not only improve your health but also help the environment and make life better for others across the globe. 

Sources:

[1] https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/ 

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