Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is an annual event held worldwide to gather support for environmental protection. It is celebrated in more than 190 countries with various events enjoining people to work together to keep the planet safe and clean.
Earth Day activities range from recycling in the neighborhood to picking up debris in the oceans.
If you want to get in on the spirit of Earth Day, consider the following activities:
- Install pledge boards – Put pledge boards in community centers or schools. People can post their commitments to help the environment with pledges such as “I will not leave the water running as I brush my teeth” or “I will pick up two pieces of trash in public places each day.” Pledge boards can inspire people to think of ways they can do their share to keep the environment clean and conserve resources.
- Attend Earth Day fairs – There will be fairs all over the country on Earth Day featuring environmentally-friendly products. You can learn a lot from these fairs and often enjoy a taste of locally-grown and processed food.
- Join an environmental group – There are many different entities that work to clean and preserve the environment. Many of them galvanize on Earth Day. You can contribute time, resources, or money to these groups.
- Plant a tree – Tree planting is a common activity on Earth Day. Groups or clubs may organize tree-planting projects in areas that are void of greenery.
- Give up bottled water – It takes a lot of fossil fuel to manufacture and transport plastic water bottles. Although the bottles are recyclable, a significant percentage of used water bottles end up in landfills. Opt for a reusable and refillable water bottle instead.
- Organize community cleanups – Anyone can start a community cleanup drive to keep the schoolyard, local park, or beach clean.
Allergies and the Environment
It is believed that global warming may be contributing to the worsening of allergies. Fall, for example, has been lasting longer, allowing for greater proliferation of pollens from plants like ragweed. A longer pollen season means more misery for allergy sufferers. Pollution has also been linked to increased allergies. As we do our part to save the planet, we may improve our health as well.