Tomorrow is Earth Day, the largest civic observance in the world, with more than 1 billion people participating in nearly 200 countries. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 and has since exploded as a day to dedicated to diversifying, educating and activating the environmental movement worldwide. Here are some easy ways you can join the cause tomorrow within your apartment community.
There are many easy ways to conserve; conserve water, conserve energy, etc. Be aware of how much water you are using. Doing let the tap run while you brush your teeth. Cut a few minutes off your morning shower. Leave a watering can outside to collect rainwater to water your plants with. You can also conserve energy by getting energy efficient light bulbs and turning off lights when you leave a room. Utilize sunlight as much as you can instead of lamps and overhead lights. Also, adjust your thermostat during the day. There’s no sense in heating or cooling your home when you’re not there.
Have anything you don’t use anymore? Clothes, pots and pans, shoes, even food… don’t throw these items away. Find somewhere that you can donate them. Not only does it help those people who will receive and benefit from them, but it keeps the items out of landfills which is a benefit to everyone.
Whether you have a plot in a community garden, a patio or balcony, or none of these, growing your own food has great benefits. You’ll save money, you’ll eat pesticide free, and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint. As a bonus, growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs, no matter how small the space, is fairly easy!
- Go Digital
We all get tons and tons of bills, unfortunately. Not only are they not a fun piece of mail, but the environment takes a hit while the bill is asking for our money. Change to paperless billing. We already live through our phones, so paperless billing is an easy switch to make, while helping the environment. Additionally, many things are now available in digital form that you can utilize: books, magazines, doctor forms, leases, pictures, and more. Every little thing can help.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We’ve heard this all our lives, but it really is the easiest way to make a difference. Reduce any activities that can be harmful to the environment like excessive water or energy usage, walk instead of drive when you can, etc. Reuse items when you can. Get a reusable water bottle, don’t use disposable dishware regularly, and search Pinterest for funs ways to “upcycle” items you no longer use around your home. There are tons of great ideas for things like water bottles, empty food cans, wine bottles, and more. Last, but certainly not least, recycle. Whether or not your community has a recycling program, it’s important and easy to separate your items (glass, aluminum, plastic, cans, etc.) and find a local recycling center. Set a weekly or monthly day to take in items and soon it will be a regular part of your schedule.
How do you plan to participate in Earth Day this year?