April 22nd marks a significant celebration for Earth day 2020. However, due to the Coronavirus lockdown, this year is going to be a very different experience for all 193 countries involved.
Usually, Earth Day festivities include large gatherings with singing, dancing, and performances by local Indigenous communities. There are fun educational segments and opportunities for the whole family to get involved!
Since we cannot join together with our community, we need to come up with some creative Earth day ideas in order to spread the positive vibes around our planet and give mother earth the love that she deserves!
Keep on reading to learn more creative earth day ideas that you can do even during the Coronavirus quarantine!
Why Celebrate Earth Day?
Our planet is home to over 8.7 million species of life and celebrating earth day is a great conscious reminder of just how fragile life is. According to a study done by the United Nations, there are over one million species currently threatened with extinction.
Scientists believe the most of this is caused by human activity, so it is up to us to raise awareness and educate each other in order to make a difference in our world.
According to healtheplanet.com, there are numerous daily activities that we can either start or stop doing that can make a positive impact on the world we live in.
Eat Less MeatMeat production accounts for 18% of our planet’s gases such as methane and nitrous oxide. By consuming fewer to no meat products, we are doing our part to slow down the production of the harmful meat industry.
Eat LocalEspecially during the time of COVID-19, many small businesses are suffering due to the lack of customers and having less business than the big-chained grocery stores. By supporting local, not only are you doing your part to be more sustainable with the economy, but you are also using fewer greenhouse gases with less transport of goods. Purchase fruits and vegetables that are grown by local farms and you can even try eating the 100-mile diet!
Drive LessIf there was one positive benefit during this pandemic, it would be that fewer people are out on the roads which has led to much less pollution! Even countries like China have noticed a 40% drop in NO2 levels!
Use this as an opportunity to walk more in the neighborhood and do less driving. You can also do fewer trips to the grocery store which equals less overall time on the road.
Use a Bicycle
Instead of using a gas-powered car, use this as an opportunity to start cycling! Not only is this great for exercise, but you can also use it as a great social distance opportunity to ride alongside your friends!
Use your bicycle to run small errands, and you can even put a fun little basket on your bicycle for trips to the grocery store!
Start a Composting ProgramComposting is a great way to limit the amount of garbage your household uses, and you can make great use out of your compost by adding some scraps to your garden!
Sprinkle coffee grounds and crushed eggshells around outdoor plants, and add other scraps to add nourishment to your soil.
Clean Your HouseUse the quarantine time to make your house spic and span! This time, ditch the chemical household cleaners and use natural ingredients like vinegar, lemons, baking soda, etc.
Go through all of your old clothes and create a donation bag to give to those who need it, many families are financially suffering during this time and would love that thoughtful gesture. This will also circulate items that are useful, rather than adding to the landfill and causing people to purchase new items.
Ditch the Straws!Plastic takes over 1000 years to decompose. Just let that sink in, that is ten centuries for plastic to even begin to break down. Unfortunately, during that time, many plastic straws get stuck in the noses of sea turtles and other precious wildlife.
Instead of using plastic straws, purchase bamboo straws instead! We have a package of three straws and pipe cleaners to clean them.
If you love sea turtles as much as we do, you would love our seafoam green sea turtle pants, the ultimate comfy lounge pants!
Join Digital Earth DayWe need your involvement more than ever, so join millions of others in the mission to save the planet and vote on earthday.org! Knowledge is power, so the more good vibes you share, the more we can all make a difference.
This website is also full of great earth day facts, and wonderful information to learn more about becoming more eco-friendly.
Plant a GardenThere has never been a more perfect time and excuse to create a more sustainable household. Seed sales have gone through the roof since the coronavirus pandemic as many families are doing their part to become more self-sufficient.
Thankfully, this also makes a positive environmental impact since you no longer need to depend on others to transport all your produce to you. Start small with a tomato or herb plant, and work your way to a full garden as you go! It is also another perfect excuse to get outdoors.
Get OutsideA great way to celebrate earth day is to get outside and show your appreciation for mother nature! Nothing helps us feel the gratitude for our earth more than being surrounded by her beauty.
If you live near a park, go lay down in the grass, and feel the support of the earth beneath your bare feet, you will be glad you did!
Learn More Fun Earth Day Ideas!
There you have it! Try out some of these fun earth day ideas with your family for earth day 2020, and while you’re at it, keep the habits going and continue them all year!
The more we each do our part, the bigger of a difference we can make on our planet!
To celebrate Earth Week, Pi Yoga is offering 20% off the entire Pi Earth Collection! Take advantage of this special offer and check out our beautiful sea turtle tote bags, bamboo straws, and numerous comfy lounge pants!
10% goes towards sea turtle conservancy. Learn more here.
Happy Earth Week everyone!
Julie Nicole French - PI Guest Blogger