Celebrate Earth Day 2021

Today, April 22, is Earth Day! Started in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day is an annual event. Earth Day focuses on the growing need to take care of the environment for future generations.

Do you want to do your part to help the environment? Keep in mind; the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. If you need further ideas to help celebrate Earth Day beyond April 22, check out the following list.

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  1. Set Up Recycling (Buy bins to set up a recycling area in your home or business. When the bin is full, simply drop off the contents at your local recycling center.)
  2. Reduce Energy Consumption Use Cold Water for Laundry
  3. Hang Clothes on a Line to Dry
  4. Shop for Eco-Friendly Products
  5. Use Reusable Cloth Not Paper Towels
  6. Invest in Rechargeable Batteries
  7. Install Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
  8. Join a Carpool (if possible)
  9. Go Paperless with Monthly Billing Statements
  10. Recycle Unusable Electronic Devices
  11. Plant a Garden, Trees, or Flowers
  12. Shop at a Farmer’s Market
  13. Serve a Meatless Meal (at least once a week)
  14. Become a Secondhand Guru (Skip buying new when possible)
  15. Set Up a Garage Sale
  16. Volunteer for Local Community Cleanup Projects or Garden Projects
  17. Skip Single-Use Plastic
  18. Donate to Environmentally Friendly Causes
  19. Become an Advocate for a Cleaner Environment
  20. Get Outdoors and Enjoy

Family Friendly Earth Day Activities

Earth Day, April 22, is only a couple days away. Engage in family activities to mark this year’s Earth Day. Are you looking for some ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day 2021 as a family? Check out the following suggestions.

  1. Go Hiking: Get outdoors and go hiking. If you first starting out, research local hiking trails in your area. There are numerous trails for beginners. The easier trails are perfect for a family outing. Remember to take the necessary equipment, start slow, and enjoy the scenery.
  2. Go for a Nature Walk: Another way to enjoy trails at local parks is going for a nature walk. Make a list of items you hope to see in nature. Play a game to find different types of animals, leaves, rocks, insects, plants, and more.
  3. Plant Flowers: Buy seeds to plant flowers in pots or outdoors. For added fun, paint or decorate the pots before planting the seeds.
  4. Bird Feeding Station: Create a bird feeding station in your yard. Add a bird bath, bird houses, and bird feeders to a safe area to attract birds.
  5. Go Bird Watching:  If you cannot set up your own back yard bird sanctuary, find a local park to search for birds in your area.
  6. Join a Cleanup: Check out your local Earth Day community events and volunteer. Numerous areas are holding community cleanups. Join the cleanup effort as a family project.
  7. Go for a Bike Ride: Dust off your bicycles and go for a ride.          
  8. Unplug: Shut off your computer and other electronic devices for an hour or the entire day.
  9. Take Photos: Grab your phone or favorite camera and photograph the world around you.
  10. Hug a Tree: Yes, seriously, hug a tree. Discover the different trees in your area. If the weather permits, take a picnic. Just sit and enjoy your time outdoors.
  11. Make a Video: Document nature and the environment.
  12. Make an Eco-Friendly Pledge: As a family make a pledge to do better for the environment, then come up with a list of ideas.

Remember, have fun!                                          

20 Earth Day Photo Prompts

April 22, 2021 is Earth Day. The annual holiday recognizes the need to preserve the planet for future generations. Grab your camera or cell. Go outdoors and document the beautiful world around you. Share your photos on social media to help promote the natural beauty of the Earth.  

Do you need some photo inspiration? Check out the following Earth Day photo prompts.

  1. Photo of yourself outside
  2. Clouds
  3. Weather
  4. Trees
  5. Hiking or Walking Trail
  6. Rocks or Stones
  7. Wild Animal (Remember to keep a safe distance)
  8. Leaves
  9. Wildflowers
  10. Birds
  11. Landscape
  12. Waterscape
  13. Hills or Mountain
  14. Blades of Grass
  15. Sunrise or Sunset
  16. Night
  17. Butterfly or Other Flying Insect
  18. Dirt, Mud, or Sand
  19. Frogs or Turtles
  20. Need for Conservation

Inspirational Quotes for Earth Day

Are you looking for inspiration to celebrate Earth Day? Check out the following quotes. Each are perfect for Earth Day, April 22, 2021.

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  1. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  2. “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”-John Muir
  3. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”-Gandhi
  4. “I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.”– Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  5. “When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.” —Alanis Obomsawin
  6. “Time spent among trees is never time wasted.” —Katrina Mayer
  7. “Most of us are familiar with recycle and reusing, but how often do we think of the third R – REDUCE? ‘Reduce’ is probably the most important of the three Rs because, if we reduced, it would limit the need to recycle and reuse.” -Catherine Pulsifer
  8. “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”-Rachel Carson
  9. The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson
  10. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein
  11. “Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.”Scott Peters
  12. “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” -Henry David Thoreau
  13. “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon
  14. “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” —David Attenborough
  15. “Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”-Walt Whitman
  16. “We need the tonic of wildness—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.” —Henry David Thoreau
  17. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” —Sylvia Plath
  18. “Earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. “The good man is the friend of all living things.”Gandhi
  20. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” Theodore Roosevelt
  21. “Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  22. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall
  23. There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore. There is society, where none intrudes by the deep sea, and music in its roar. I love not man the less, but nature more.” – Lord Byron
  24. “To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.” —Bill Nye
  25. “Man is still the greatest miracle and the greatest problem on this earth.”-David Sarnoff

How to Help the Monarch (and Other) Butterflies

Celebrated the first Saturday in May, today, May 2, 2020, is National Start Seeing Monarchs Day. Orange, lined with black, and a mixture of white spots, the Monarch butterfly is easily recognizable in the wild. Due to various events causing a reduction in natural habitat, the Monarch butterfly is declining.  With your help and simple steps, there is hope for these beautiful winged creatures.

Ways to Help Monarchs and Other Butterflies

Are you wondering how to help the Monarchs and other butterflies? Check out the ideas below to promote the wellbeing of butterflies (and bees) in your area.

  1. Avoid Harmful Pesticides: Like other insects, when you spray your garden or lawn with pesticides, monarchs die. Avoid using harmful pesticides, go green. Find other options to reduce weeds in your yard.
  2. Plant Milkweed: A perennial milkweed is a native plant throughout the United States and Canada. The wild flowering plant promotes biodiversity, which helps the Monarchs during their natural migration path. Planting a small patch is a great way to improve the Monarch butterflies’ chances of survival.
  3. Place Monarch Waystation in Your Yard: A Monarch Way station is a safe place where the butterflies can lay their eggs. A Monarch waystation generally consists of milkweed and other native plants that help provide food for the butterfly population.
  4. Local Community Cleanup Efforts: Get involved by learning ways to protect the environment. Many communities host cleanup efforts for wildlife areas. (Please note: Right now, community cleanup and other events are delayed due to the pandemic.)
  5. Learn About Climate Change: Butterflies and other wildlife are at risk. Changing weather patterns disrupt their typical migration path. Learning about climate allows you to take steps to help the Monarchs and the rest of the insect world.
  6. Research: Learning about the lifecycle of Monarchs and other butterflies (bees too) helps in protecting the species. When you learn about the insects, you can create habitats, waystations, or gardens with their welfare in mind.
  7. Donate: If you are unable to plant your own milkweed or create a waystation, consider donating to a cause that promotes the protection of Monarchs. Many local organizations work with farmers and other industrial sites to save areas for butterflies. Other places create habitats for butterflies. Do Internet research to find an organization near you.
  8. Get Social: Even if you cannot donate, use your social media accounts to spread the news about preserving the Monarchs’ habitat. Social media blurbs have the potential to reach millions of people.

Many different species enjoy Milkweed.

Can you imagine a world without butterflies? In their natural habitat, the winged creatures are magical to witness. Learn about Monarchs and other insects to help keep the magic alive for generations to come.

 

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How to Help the Environment

Every day the media delivers devastating news about the daily impact people have on the environment. Watching the disturbing images may leave you feeling overwhelmed. Do you want to change? Take small steps in your every day to make a difference.

Small Ways You Can Help the Environment

Incorporating environmentally-friendly acts into your lifestyle produces positive results. The simplistic of some of the tasks means the entire family can participate.

Go Energy Efficient

  • Turn off lights when leaving a room.
  • Turn off the computer or other technological devices when not in use.
  • Use less hot water when doing the laundry or taking a shower.
  • When heating your home, lower temperature by two or more degrees during the winter months to keep your furnace from running continuously. Or during the summer months to save on air conditioning consumption increase the temperature.
  • Allow laundry to air dry by using a clothesline or hang shirts on the shower rod.

Recycle

When possible, recycle. Set up recycling bins in your home or garage. Easy access to the containers allows the entire family to participate.

Items to place in recycling include:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Plastic shopping bags (Many supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and Kroger have a box set up for returning plastic shopping bags.)
  • Cardboard
  • Batteries
  • Technological devices (Depending on where you live, computer parts, and other components may require a particular recycling area.)

Use Reusable Items

Purchasing reusable items is one of the best ways to help the environment. Not only do you reduce waste, but you also save money.

  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Reusable water bottle or travel bug
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Reusable sandwich wraps or a sandwich container
  • Reusable lunch box or bag

Simply consider the areas where your purchase may result in a single-use consumption. Reducing waste helps the environment. When purchasing household items, look for eco-friendly products.

Eat Your Veggies

Once a week, skip beef consumption. Make a vegan based meal. Processing beef requires numerous resources. Skipping a beef-based meal is actually good for the environment.

Donate Unwanted Items

Do you have kitchen appliances collecting dust? Or unwearable clothes in your closet? Donate the items to your local charity. Most donations are tax-deductible.  When someone buys an already made product, you help the environment.

Plant Trees and Flowers

If you are able, plant trees and bee-friendly flowers to help the environment. Consider growing a small vegetable garden.

Advocate

Small acts are essential for the environment. Telling others of your efforts inspires further activities. Use social media to share your accomplishments.

Community Involvement

Many organizations offer environmentally friendly activities. Cleaning up rivers, highways, or parks generally are part of spring events. Volunteer your time. Do the cleanup as a family or friend activity. Meet others who share your passion for helping the environment.

 

National Wildlife Day: How You Can Help

According to the National Day Calendar, today, September 4th is National Wildlife Day. The news of the Amazon rainforest burning is devastating. As you watch the devastation unfold, you may be wondering how you can help the wildlife in your area. Small steps to help local wildlife have a more significant impact on the community. 

Be an Advocate

Helping wildlife and the planet requires changes. Be aware of any new petitions, proposals, or other policies that could harm the environment. Contact your state’s officials to voice your opinion. Make your voice heard for protecting wildlife and the environment.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

The slogan, reduce, reuse, and recycle is well known. Implementing changes in your daily life helps the environment. 

 

  • Reduce: Plastic bags, bottles, straws, styrofoam, and other single-service plastic items are bad for the environment. Improper disposal of non-biodegradable items harms the local wildlife and planet. Properly disposing of consumer waste is only half of the problem. Reducing waste is the other part. 

 

  • Reuse: Make a pledge to reuse items. Donate unwanted clothing, toys, books, kitchen appliances, and more to local charities. 
  • Recycle: Participate in recycling programs in your area. Set up bins in your home to remind yourself and family members to recycle.

 

 

Be a Mindful Consumer

When purchasing new items, do your research. Learn about the company’s recycling and environmental record. Never buy any type of thing that threatens the welfare of an endangered animal. 

Save Energy

Take the necessary steps to save energy in your home or business. 

  • Turn off lights when leaving a room. 
  • Unplug unused appliances. 
  • Get a maintenance check on your furnace to run at an efficient rate. 
  • Monitor your heat or airconditioning temperatures. 
  • Wash clothing in cold water. 
  • Reduce your shower or bath times. 
  • Hang clothes on the line. Airdrying saves energy. 

Discover Your Green Thumb

If you are a property owner, plant trees, shrubs, and native flowers. The plants provide necessary shelter to local wildlife. Flowers attract bees and other insects to help the environment. Create a habitat to welcome birds and other animals to your yard. Offer watering areas, feed the birds or other animals, and provide shelter areas. 

Avoid Chemicals

Weedkiller, pesticides, rat poison, and other chemicals hurt wildlife and the environment. Using these types of products creates an uninhabitable environment and death to wildlife. 

Volunteer

Communities and other organizations host cleanup programs to help remove unwanted materials from natural resources. Volunteering an afternoon or an entire day has the potential to help reduce harmful items from the environment. 

Donate

Research organizations helping to protect wildlife and the environment. Make a donation. Reputable organizations will put the money to good use. 

Taking steps to help wildlife and the environment should be a daily commitment. Celebrate National Wildlife Day with a pledge to yourself to locally help the wildlife and habitat. 

 

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