Each year, I try to make a conscious effort to "celebrate" earth day - especially now knowing how much TLC our dear earth truly needs, and how much is in jeopardy. This year, I'd love to share some of my favorite ideas for celebration with all of you in hopes that you'll also participate (and encourage your friends, family and coworkers, etc. to participate, too)!
Low and behold - five ways to celebrate Earth Day!
- For the weekender: Participate in Hipcamp's weekend of free camping in exchange for volunteer work! While this specific exchange is only happening at select camp grounds and land shares in California, it could be worth proposing such an offer to other private camp sites in your area. Be ready and willing to put in some hours of labor (garbage clean-up, weeding and clearing brush, etc.), but in exchange you'll get a free night under the stars.
- For the urbanite: Cities need helping hands, too! Most local governments or recycling organizations will host clean-up efforts locally. One quick Google search for the Los Angeles area turned up this long list of opportunities - that includes festivals, concerts and other celebrations!
- For the homebody: You needn't go far to help out Mother Earth - plant a tree or a new plant in your yard! Trees absorb the most carbon dioxide, but if you have a small yard - or no yard, like me - grab a pot and plant a new leafy green to decorate a patio or balcony space. Feeling ambitious? Plant yourself a little garden, like one of these!
- For the foodie: Start a compost pile! If you're cooking and baking all the time, you likely have a lot of food waste that could be composted. Even if you live in a small space, there are some great options around for small, under-the-sink compost bins that don't take up much room. Then take your compost and fertilize your newly planted tree/garden!
- For the artist: Take on a recycling craft project - use tin cans to make herb garden planters or outdoor tea lights. Turn an old milk jug or coffee canister into a bird feeder. Use the old mix CDs you made it high school to create mosaic stepping stones or other outdoor decorations like this. Or get creative and share what you come up with!
Whatever you do, please do something to help and celebrate our beautiful planet this Earth Day! Even if that just means getting outside for a bit to explore and wander - and appreciate. And remember folks: leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, and leave where you're at in better condition than you found it.