How to celebrate Earth Day from home


photo by Arwen Baker

Many local establishments have large recycle bins to get communities involved with helping our Earth.

Due to our country’s Coronavirus lockdown, many people are forced to stay at home and not go out. People aren’t driving their vehicles as much as they typically would. Most are going on walks, biking, or traveling in other ways. This has caused drastic drops in air pollution in major cities such as Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Although less usage of vehicles has caused carbon emissions to fall, that isn’t the only way that we could help our planet. With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day coming up, many wonder how they can help save the environment while stuck at home. Even though COVID-19 has caused people to feel like they are unable to do anything, you can still help the environment without having to go out. Here are ten ways to help save the Earth and celebrate Earth Day during the Coronavirus lockdown.

1. Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

This one is obvious, but it’s always a good habit to get into. Try to refrain from throwing away items that are able to be recycled in your community. These things can get made into new things without causing harm to the environment. Get in the habit of reusing your containers for other things. Try to cut down on as much waste as possible.

2. Stop drinking bottled water.

Staying hydrated is a great way to take care of yourself, but you should try to take care of the Earth, too. Try a reusable bottle instead of plastic bottles that would just be thrown away. Try to use reusable dishware such as glasses instead of paper cups.

3. Go outside and pick up trash.

What better way to appreciate nature than to walk around outside? I’m sure most of us are bored and going outside anyway, so why not help the environment while you’re having fun outside? Try to pick up trash and put it in the nearest trash can, or even better, try to recycle things that people have thrown on the ground.

4. Don’t litter.

Picking up other people’s trash does help, but also try to not litter yourself. Trash can pollute the water and harm animals if they try to eat the trash. Find a trash can and tell your friends to not litter. If no one littered, there would be no need to even pick up trash.

5. Sign petitions.

Take things a step further and sign petitions to help protect our Earth’s wildlife. Find a petition that you feel strongly about and sign it. Just one person can create change, but encourage others to sign petitions as well. Together, we can change the world.

6. Tune in to digital programming and do your research.

Because of the Coronavirus, many Earth Day activities can’t be done in person. However, many businesses and organizations are having Earth Day celebrations online. NASA plans on having a virtual Earth Day celebration along with activities and projects that people can do at home. You can even do your research on animals and the Earth itself. Become more knowledgeable about nature. 

7. Commit to Earth Challenge 2020.

If you want to contribute to data about pollution in your community, simply just download an app called Earth Challenge 2020. Simply upload a photo of the sky and the app will collect data based off of the image.

8. Minimize energy usage.

In times like these, many have been laid off from their jobs and aren’t making much money. Turning off lights and saving power isn’t just helpful to the environment, but when money is tight, it can also help your wallet.

9. Stop using paper towels.

Using paper towels not only is a major waste, but constantly buying paper towels can make quite the dent in your wallet. Try using cloth towels instead, it’s much cheaper overall and creates less waste.

10. Make a home cooked meal.

Most of us are already unable to go out and get food, plus, we’re all bored. So let’s get cooking! Kick up your creativity and spend your time making your own meal instead of picking up food or going through drive-thrus. Not only will you stop the spread of the virus, but you will also cut back on waste from takeout bags and plastic utensils. Plus, you won’t be bored!

We may be stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t encourage things to change. Spend your time at home not only helping flatten the curve, but also helping save the Earth.