The ‘60s and ‘70s gave way to revolution after revolution. Some of those revolutions became staples in society. April 22, 1970 was the first Earth Day and with the 40 year anniversary approaching, society is trying harder than ever to impact the world with the original ideals of Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day founder.
The first Earth Day paved the way for the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
For Earth Day to truly continue to have an effect on society, it has to come down to a smaller level. The environmental agencies have accomplished great things since the ’70s and regulations have been put in place to keep the larger than life companies from spoiling water and air.
However, the responsibility falls to everyday citizens to boost the trend and pave the way for future generations to be environmentally conscious.
Simple Solutions for Beginners
If you’re not ready to convert your home-office into a personalized recycling facility or if your hectic life can’t take one more itemized bin to dote upon, consider some of these simple and fun solutions.
- Switch to eco-friendly household cleaners
- Reduce the amount of electricity used by turning off lights and switching bulbs
- Turn off the water when brushing
- Donate used clothes or mobile phones to be re-used
- Use canvas grocery bags
- Buy materials made of recycled goods
- Slow down and increase fuel efficiency
Earth Day Activities
- Plant a Tree: Choose a young tree that is conducive to the climate. With a group of friends, choose a good spot to plant the tree. Be sure to dig the hole wide enough but not too deep, as these are common mistakes made when planting a new tree. Consult a local nursery for proper instructions regarding specific tree types. Be sure to add some fertilizer after the tree has been placed in the hole and always add mulch to hold in the moisture and ward off weeds. Lay out a schedule for each friend to water and care for the tree.
- Creek Clean Party: Gather a group of your friends together for a day in the sun. Bring music, picnic food, trash bags and lots of hand sanitizer. Venture down to your local creek or public park and spend some quality time beautifying the land and water. Make a party out of it, run contests and see who can fill the most bags before sitting down to enjoy a spring picnic.
Kid and Eco-Friendly Projects
- Tin Planting Pot: Try transforming an old soup can into a new home for herbs. After washing and sealing the can, paint and decorate. Poke holes in the bottom for aeration and line the inner bottom with small rocks. Fill the can with potting soil and add the desired herb when the can is about ¾ full. Cut out a piece of cardboard. After painting it and naming the herb, glue the cardboard to a Popsicle stick. Place the stick in the soil, water the herb and watch it grow. This creates a great project for kids, recycles items that would normally be considered garbage and provides a great place for new life to flourish
- Reusable Grocery Bag Painting: Any local craft store should carry plain canvas tote bags. Pick up a few of these and start painting. Be creative and cover with stamps or stencils or some freehand for the brave souls. Be sure to seal the artwork and let it set overnight. Several of these and plastic shopping bags will soon be a thing of the past.
The world is the hands of mankind and simple steps to living a greener lifestyle can impact the Earth for generations to come. Living a more eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Simply reduce, recycle and reuse. Make the life change fun and easily adaptable and before long, the bigger steps to an eco-friendly living environment will come naturally.