Today is Earth Day, Celebrate

by Amy Stafford on April 22, 2012

It’s been 42 years since the first Earth Day in 1970 and 22 years since Earth Day went global in 1990.

If you would like to honor Earth Day, here are 24 things to do in honor of the day that brought attention to giving back to the environment, instead of just taking.

Try out a few today!

  1.  Buy an e-reader
  2. Walk around your town or city and pick up trash
  3.  Plant a tree
  4.  Start a compost pile
  5.  Prepare the ground to plant a garden so you can use your compost pile
  6.  Watch the sunrise or sunset
  7.  Take a walk on the beach
  8.  Take a hike in the woods
  9.  Ride your bike or walk to work
  10.  Pledge to start recycling
  11.  Go bird watching
  12.  Take a photo of nature
  13.  Eat one of your meals outside
  14.  Wear a flower in your hair
  15.  Attend a local Earth Day celebration
  16.  Buy some reusable shopping bags
  17.  Join your local Freecycle to pass along items instead of throwing them away
  18.  Swap out your light bulbs with energy efficient ones
  19.  Don’t use any appliances for the day
  20.  Collect hazardous materials like paint and batteries and dispose of them properly
  21.  Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
  22.  Dance in the rain
  23.  Watch an environmental themed movies like “Avatar” or Discovery’s series “Planet Earth”
  24. Get involved with your local environmental group

I have been thinking of putting a composting trash can or two over by the chicken coop.  I already put their droppings in a small can over by their coop, that just sits there until its full, which usually takes a couple months.  And since my composting piles are at the other end of the property the can only gets emptied when its full.

Because its Earth Day I will soon be on my way to pick up two plastic garbage cans!

 I’m also going to throw in egg shells, my coffee grinds and some grass clippings and at the end of the eight weeks I will just walk over to my vegetable garden and compost my beds!

I have included a video link on how to make your own compost bin from a regular plastic trash can.

I found this method simple-stupid and quick!  Give it a try.

Homemade Trash Can Compost Bin

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Rebecca April 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

Thank you for including Bit of Momsense in your post! It’s on the cold side here today but I’m still hoping to get the kids outside to enjoy it at some point. Happy Earth Day!

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AmySue April 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

Same here, cloudy and chilly. I did get outside early this morning to just enjoy the garden and the birds being busy! Makes you grateful! Enjoy the day.

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Deborah DeLong April 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

Great post! Lots of good ideas!

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AmySue April 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thanks, yours too! Hopefully the sun will come back out and we can really enjoy the day!

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PJ Girl April 22, 2012 at 11:27 am

Really thoughtful post – I’m going to try No 19 (use no appliances for a day) but I think my over reliance on modern day contraptions may be the most difficult to achieve of all x

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AmySue April 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Oh, did you make it? No computer…….eeeek:) Hope you had a wonderful day!

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Tammy April 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

Great list of Earth Day and everyday tips! Thanks.

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AmySue April 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Your welcome, I hope you got to enjoy the day! It was a bit dreary here, but I got out a bit in the morning.

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