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How to Celebrate Earth Day 2020 Virtually

Earth Day is a day to look forward to each and every year because it gives all of us the opportunity to deeply appreciate the natural world around us and converse about how we can collectively take action to respect and protect our planet. As always, it will take place on April 22, but this year is different because of the current times we are in under the Coronavirus outbreak. With celebrating digitally this year, there is still a lot we can do to come together and make a difference. For example, Earth Day Network is providing an “EarthRise” initiative so that we can all take action, speak up, and educate one another about our Earth’s issues from within our homes. Additionally, the Earth Day site is hosting “A Billion Acts of Green” campaign where you can pledge your own green act and inspire others to follow. We are coming on here today to provide you with 5 tips for celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, quarantine style!

 

Read 5 Articles About Earth-Related Topics You Haven’t Come Across Before

The first step to taking care of our planet is educating ourselves, and quarantine is the perfect time to whip out our computers and search for earth-related news topics to learn more about this dynamic planet. There are numerous websites and news channels to read from, but a few great ones include: https://grist.org, https://www.earth.com/news/, and http://www.bbc.com/earth/world. Feel free to call up your friends and family after reading these articles and share the information you learned to further spread earth education!


Commit to Zero Food Waste

Since we are all stuck in our homes, most of us are probably cooking for every meal each day. As a result, on this upcoming Earth Day, we can all challenge ourselves to either eat or reuse every food item we cook. Depending on the recipe, it can be easy to cook too much, so simply put the leftovers in your Zero Waste Kit or reusable container and store in the fridge for a later meal. In terms of food skins, trimmings, or other unwanted food parts, consider putting these into a homemade compost instead of the trash bin!

 

Go Outside and Explore Nature Herself

During this pandemic, it can be a bit scary or worrisome to leave the house, but going into nature and getting exercise can still be done in a safe and regular manner. Depending on where you live, try doing workouts in your backyard, taking walks in your neighborhood, or running in a remote space. If you are at all worried about being in contact with someone who may spread the virus, try to exercise early in the morning or close to sunset and consider biking to a more remote location to explore a natural scenery. After all, Earth Day is about the earth, so enjoying and celebrating nature is one of the most important aspects of day.

 

Utilize Reusable Cleaning and Bathroom Supplies

We are all likely aware of the toilet paper and paper towel shortage in all major supermarkets due to the current time we are in. These products seem necessary, but in reality they are now both extremely scarce and harmful to the environment. On Earth Day, save the stress and invest in reusable cleaning cloths, solid soap, and potentially a bidet for your toilet to eliminate the need for toilet paper. For reusable paper towels, consider buying reusable bamboo paper towels. For solid soap, try using Dr. Bronner's bars of soap to clean your body and your home! Lastly, you can find a great bidet called TUSHY here.


Limit Electricity and Water Use

As Earth Day will be spent largely in your home this year, try to keep all lights off during the day and let the sun shine through all of your windows instead. At nighttime, you can use candles instead of lights! In addition, try to limit your use of dishes, time in the shower, and sink water while washing up in the bathroom. These are simple and easy ways to limit the use of resources in your home and they align perfectly with Earth Day’s mission to strive for sustainability and a clean planet.

 

Thanks for joining us for another blog post on the {Zero} Waste Kit blog! We hope you feel inspired to unleash your zero waste badass this Earth Day and everyday hereon after. If you have any questions or comments be sure to leave them below. Lastly, don’t forget to share this post with someone who would appreciate it! 

            

Say hello to our guest author, Jason! Jason is attending Emory University and is studying Business and Environmental Management. He loves skiing, the environment, and his foodie lifestyle, brought to life by his Instagram @eats.byjay.


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