Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970, is annually celebrated on April 22.
According to EarthDay.org, the idea for a national day that focuses on the environment was the doing of former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. Following the massive Santa Barbara, California oil spill of 1969, Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the media, in addition to convincing Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey to serve as his co-chair and recruiting Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes reportedly built a solid staff of 85 people to promote events across the nation.
Still wondering how to meaningfully contribute to society on Earth Day? If so, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite eco-activities.
1. Throw a Green Party.
It’s easy to forget how awesome it is to live in such a beautiful place. Why not celebrate our existence and all of the glorious greenery by hosting a green party? Grab your best granola gurus, pull out the biodegradable silverware, pop open some organic beer or wine and make an amazing, wholesome meal for you and your friends.
2. Adopt a Plant.
Indoor plants are super beneficial to your health. In fact, interior plants are proven to reduce feelings of fatigue, itchy eyes, dry throat, runny nose and other perceptions of pain. And according to Texas Agriculture & Medicine University, people who spend time caring for nature are more likely to care for others. Plants not only reduce stress, depression and anxiety, but they also increase wellbeing and give a sense of stability.
3. Do a Little Spring Cleaning.
While it may not seem so obvious all the time, manufacturing new clothes not only requires water but energy as well. Spend five to 10 minutes this Earth Day ridding your closets and drawers of the clothes you don’t wear, then donate those clothes to a local charity.
4. Take a Hike.
Literally, just go outside and experience life. If you’re not a big hiker, go on a bike ride. Whatever gets you out and about, do it. Enjoy the scenery, feel the sun, breathe the air and just live.
5. Plant a Tree.
It may sound cliche, but hear me out. Planting a tree is probably one of the greatest gifts you can give back to the planet. Trees provide oxygen, save water, help keep the Earth cool, conserve energy, mark the seasons, provide food and help increase business traffic among other things.